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Why You Should Install A CCTV Camera System At Your Property


Why You Should Install A CCTV Camera System At Your Property

Category Security

Investing in a closed-circuit television (CCTV) system at you property before securing it properly is not a wise option – as it only works effectively together with other methods such as:

  • Secure windows and doors with proper locks
  • Invest in ‘target hardening’ with fences and other barriers
  • Get a home alarm
  • Improve lighting, either continuous or motion-activated

Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) is becoming increasingly popular as both a deterrent to crime and an invaluable source of evidence if anyone breaks the law.

Scott-Rodger says a good CCTV system can offer early detection, an extra layer of security and additional peace of mind.

This is according to Warwick Scott-Rodger, head of Dialdirect, who says in footage that surfaced on the web and social media recently - capturing anything from mall robberies to hijackings and home break-ins, they’ve repeatedly seen CCTV systems proving their worth and bringing criminals to book.

In Johannesburg, the effectiveness of CCTV systems as a crime deterrent is supported by a significant reduction in cash-in-transit heists, ATM and bank robberies.

According to the City of Johannesburg’s website, crime was reduced by 40% during the pilot phase of its CCTV Surveillance Project, where only 15 CCTV cameras were in operation. A total of 200 CCTV cameras are currently in operation around the city and law enforcement officials are able to reach trouble spots in an average time of 60 seconds.

Scott-Rodger says this is an incredible timeframe as with criminals, every second counts. Aside from city and business environments though, CCTV systems are also useful in residential applications.

“In cases like the robbery at a Port Elizabeth home in May this year, the footage recorded by in-home cameras, serves as indisputable evidence of the crime committed - assisting police in putting these criminals behind bars.”

Though the price of a CCTV system depends entirely on your requirements, image quality, number of cameras, remote connectivity and so on, it remains one of the most affordable security solutions you can add to your home, says Scott-Rodger.


Dialdirect shares the following tips on buying a CCTV system:

Know your target

The type and price range of camera that you buy will depend on what you would like to keep an eye on, whether you want to monitor a smaller area like the rooms in your house, a big area around the house or right outside your gate.

Load shedding

CCTV cameras generally rely on electricity, so make sure to have a good back-up power source in place.

Decide on visible or discrete

Visible cameras may serve as a strong deterrent to criminals, but this can also turn cameras into targets. Cameras that are placed more discretely may not deter criminals, but can continue capturing valuable footage without the criminals even knowing that they are there.

Do you need night-vision?

Night-vision cameras are recommended for areas that are not well lit. Cameras with night vision are more expensive, but are valuable in that some systems can pick out a target in complete darkness up to 30m away.

Pick a resolution you actually need

Lower to mid resolution systems are generally cheaper and work well where high value items aren’t at stake, or where a high level of detail isn’t required, but the extra pixels in HD-systems will come in handy when it comes to identifying a face or reading a number plate.

Remember storage and viewing

You will need to store footage somewhere for later viewing if need be, so you need to decide whether you want to store the footage yourself on a local or networked storage system, or make use of a CCTV cloud storage provider.

Consider connectivity

How are you going to get the footage captured by the cameras to your phone or computer? Wired systems generally provide better quality, but can take too long to install and may require lots of drilling and running of cables.

Wireless systems are easier to set up, but can’t carry the same amount of data as wired systems and are more prone to suffering from interference.


A camera’s angle and field of view are of critical importance, as there is no use in capturing footage where you can, for example, only see the top of a criminal’s head.

Make sure that you invest in a camera that captures the full area that you wish to monitor, at an angle where all important details can be seen. Motorised pan, tilt and zoom cameras enable you to adjust the camera remotely to gain an optimum view.

Software matters

Many software providers offer solutions that allow you to monitor cameras from your phone or tablet, so you can keep an eye on your home, even when at work or on holiday.


CCTV camera systems can be insured if you have Buildings Insurance in place.


Scott-Rodger says a good CCTV system can offer early detection, an extra layer of security and additional peace of mind. Taking the time to consult an expert, doing your research and buying a quality CCTV system suited to your needs, could well be one of the best investments you ever make.


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Author Property24 /
Published 28 Sep 2015 / Views -
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