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CCTV or burglar alarm? Which is the best option for your home or business?

The home owners and business customers we work with often ask whether it would be best for them to have a CCTV system or a burglar alarm. It’s difficult to give a definitive answer to this question as unfortunately, a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work! A number of factors need to be taken into consideration to help you decide whether or not CCTV is best for you, including:

  • Is CCTV going to provide you with the most cost-effective solution to protecting your home or business premises?

  • Is regular maintenance going to be possible to ensure that the CCTV system continues to provide effective protection?

  • Is the best option to simply install a security alarm AND CCTV system?

Whilst CCTV cameras act as highly effective deterrent, without the benefit of remote monitoring, camera footage can only be used retrospectively as evidence. Although the sight of CCTV cameras is usually enough to put off the majority of thieves, there will always be some who simply aren’t phased. With this in mind, remote monitoring is the most effective solution and can help you save money on other crime prevention measures.

Remotely monitored CCTV will alert you as an incident happens as those monitoring the system will contact you or the emergency services. Clearly this offers a much better opportunity to catch thieves whilst they’re committing a crime, and footage only needs to be used once the offence has occurred. In the majority of cases though a remotely monitored CCTV system is usually sufficient to stop intruders in their tracks.

Monitored burglar alarm systems

Burglar alarm systems are also more effective when they’re monitored as unlike bell only systems, depending on the type of monitoring you choose, either yourself, an emergency contact or the police will be informed in the event of a break in. Monitored alarms are more efficient than bell only systems as when the alarm is activated, the professionals who monitor the system will asses the risk to security. A well-designed and professionally installed burglar alarm offers real benefits to home and business owners alike, providing you with protection and peace of mind, regardless of where you are.