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The purpose of your CCTV system

Video Surveillance Systems Buyer's Guide

Installing a video surveillance system is not just about buying a camera, monitor and recorder. You need to work out precisely why you want the system and what you intend it to do.

The subject of the surveillance
Your business dictates the subject of the surveillance. You may want to keep an eye on the customers in your shop, record vehicles at petrol pumps, or monitor an area prone to vandalism. Decide what and who you want the cameras to observe. You'll find that putting the right system together then becomes a lot simpler.

Picture quality
CCTV picture quality varies from jerky black and white images to detailed full motion colour recordings similar to a television programme. The frame rate determines the flow of the pictures by recording at speeds of up to 30 fps (frames per second). The lower the fps, the less fluid the images. A low fps, however, means you can retain far more on a tape or hard drive than you would if you used a full motion recording.

Monitoring
You may wish to keep the CCTV system running all the time and check the recording only when you need to. On the other hand, you may employ someone to watch the monitor all the time. If so, you can transmit all your cameras images to one split screen monitor or provide a bank of screens.

Deter or catch in the act?
You probably want your CCTV system to deter offenders and to catch them. But you still need to decide if you'll install large cameras in obvious places or smaller, discrete cameras that are difficult to spot. You may also have to place your monitor and recorder in a secure room if you're concerned about employee theft.

There's a higher price tag with high picture quality, constant monitoring and hidden cameras, but the benefits you derive from a more expensive CCTV system may well justify this.

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