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Home security is important to everyone. As the saying goes “your house is your castle”, that’s why we all take measures in order to defend our property from potential thieves or vandals. But with such a wide choice of CCTV systems to choose from, finding the right one for you can be difficult. To help you make the right choice we’ve created this guide to choosing a suitable security system for your home.

What are home CCTV systems?

CCTV stands for closed circuit television. Security systems for the home have been designed to be used in any dwelling. A system has everything you would need and is ready to go straight out of the box. The kits usually have two – eight cameras as well as having all the cables and recording equipment you’ll need to provide 24-hour surveillance of your home.

Depending on what type of kit you choose (wireless or wired) there could be different cables that are included. Ethernet cables provides a connection between wired devices and a network. In a CCTV set-up there could also be a cable that transmits video and audio data on to a display screen, this is called HDMI.

Recording devices can differ depending what type of home surveillance kit you have. Digital video recorder (DVR) works by taking the footage captured by the camera(s) and storing it on a hard drive. Network video recorder (NVR) is another recording style. It stores the recorded video in a digital format and stores it onto a disk drive, USB, SD card or another storage device. Wireless CCTV home systems use this recording method.

Security cameras film footage and store it on a recording device and can be watched back later. Once the system is turned on the camera will record within its field of vision.

There have been great improvements in the technology of surveillance cameras, they are more compact, easy to install and produce better quality visuals. Some can also link to mobile devices, so no matter where you are, you can keep an eye on things. CCTV Systems are a line of defence for your home.

Outdoor Security Cameras

It is important to determine what type of camera you require, indoor or outdoor, as that will affect the recording abilities. Outdoor security cameras are designed to be fitted externally, in order to provide the visual footage of your home and its surrounding areas. You can have one or multiple cameras depending on the coverage you require. At Ebuyer, we have a huge choice of multi camera systems to suit your needs.

By having a visible outdoor CCTV setup on your home, you will deter potential criminals from attempting to burgle or vandalise your property, giving you peace of mind. Surveillance cameras can also provide detailed recordings in case any incidents occur, whether that be a neighbour dispute or a criminal act.

Outdoor cameras have night vision capabilities, meaning that even in dark light, you will be able to record good quality footage. Outdoor cameras are built to withstand weather conditions like rain, snow and wind, making them a great investment for your home.

Indoor Surveillance Cameras

Indoor CCTV cameras for the home are similar to outdoor models, apart from usually being smaller and less intrusive. They are aesthetically pleasing to the eye to help match interior décor and can also connect to mobile devices.

Having internal security cameras would be suitable for a range of purposes as well as a deterrent for thieves. If there is a vulnerable person in the home for example; someone suffering from dementia, it could be helpful to be able to check on them throughout the day.

Having an indoor camera set up could be beneficial to parents of young children, as it could be used as a baby monitor that live streams straight to your mobile device. Or perhaps you need to keep an eye on your furniture when you leave your dog at home.

What is a PTZ camera?

Having a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) CCTV camera provides better filming options. If you are watching your house on your mobile phone you can zoom to have a closer look at something. Panning (pan) allows you to move the cameras view from side to side, giving you better coverage. By also having a tilting choice on a camera you will be able to vertically change the perspective, permitting a fuller scope for recording.

What is a DVR?

Digital video recorders (DVR) is a recording device that stores footage or images from one or multiple cameras to a hard drive. DVR is only compatible with wired CCTV systems.

What is a NVR?

Wireless security kits use Network video recorders. Instead of saving footage to a hard drive or onto a tape, NVR stores it on disk drives, USB’s, or SD memory cards. NVR has been developed for the sole purpose of CCTV surveillance, this makes the recorders easy to use and reliable. Wireless CCTV kits use network video recorders.

Wireless Security systems

Owning a wireless CCTV kit has many benefits such as more freedom as to where you can place the cameras, as long as it’s within range of the storage device. They work by sending the video signal through a transmitter to a receiver that is connected to a storage device. Most wireless CCTV systems can save footage to the cloud, making it even easier to view your property.

Wired Surveillance systems

Choosing a wired security camera network also has its advantages. If there is a wireless connection issue, you can be rest assured that your recordings won’t be affected. They are a good long-term option as they are durable and are reliable.

4K and 1080p CCTV cameras

Quality security footage is important for a lot of reasons. If an incident did occur, you would want to have the best picture possible in case you would need to show it to the police. It is much easier to prosecute someone when there is clear video evidence identifying them. This means that by having a home CCTV set up that is either 1080p or 4K resolution could help you collect suitable evidence in case you ever need to pursue a criminal.

Home security systems to suit you

If you’re looking to prevent crime or monitor your property whilst you are on holiday, Ebuyer can guide you towards the best CCTV kits for your home that suit your needs best. Keep an eye on your property and put your mind at rest.