Burglar alarm versus CCTV: Which Camera Security System is best?

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Two of the most common solutions for deterring intruders, burglars, and anyone else that might want to gain unwanted access to your property include burglar alarms and CCTV systems, but which is best?

When deciding which one is right for your property, it’s important to consider not only the benefits of each solution, but how each system will work for your specific security requirements.

Fortunately, the experienced team of electricians at Homefront Electrical can help. Having installed countless intruder alarm and CCTV systems across the UK, we can help you to determine which system is best for your home or business.

Do security systems come with cameras?

Not all security systems come with cameras, although they are common and popular with both homeowners and businesses. Some security systems, however, use a combination of motion sensors and an audible alert to help signal when an intruder has accessed your property.

They may also feature strobe lights to grab your attention if you’re hard of hearing or want to add an extra level of intruder deterrence to your security system.

Does CCTV or camera security systems deter burglars?

CCTV or camera security systems can be incredibly effective for deterring burglars. This is because homes and businesses with visible CCTV ensure burglars are aware of the fact they are likely to be caught on camera trespassing.

This footage can become crucial evidence if they do commit a crime and end up in court, making it more likely that they’ll be found guilty. Most burglars want to operate without being caught, so it’s likely that any cameras will deter individuals with malicious intent.

CCTV can be particularly useful for deterring spontaneous crime (a criminal act that isn’t premediated and is often a response to an unexpected stimulus). For example, if a burglar sees a property with an open window, they may decide to enter. Camera security systems, however, often act as a deterrent in these situations.

Backed up by a Co-op Insurance study that consulted a panel of 12 ex-convicts, CCTV was stated as the biggest deterrent when deciding which property they should target. Conversely, it found that properties with just a burglar alarm didn’t even feature on the list of top ten deterrents for home thieves.

Do I need a security system or just cameras?

When it comes to deciding whether you should invest in a standard burglar alarm or one of the more comprehensive camera security systems, it may seem like an obvious choice based on the purported efficacy of these CCTV security systems.

However, the additional cost and time involved in fitting camera security systems means they are typically only recommended for high-risk properties. Low-risk properties, on the other hand, are generally well-protected with just an alarm system as they’re less likely to be targeted by burglars.

Unsure whether your home is high risk or low risk? While location will naturally make a difference to the risk of burglars targeting your home, it seems the type of house you own also makes a significant difference.

According to i News and their interpretation of a report by Churchill Home Insurance, detached properties were found to be at a greater risk of burglary (accounting for 27% of home burglaries, despite making up 22% of the UK’s housing stock).

Similarly, while end of terrace properties make up just 7% of homes, they made up a substantial 9% of burgled properties. Ease of access and location of a property can make a massive difference to the likelihood of a burglar trying to access your property.

Businesses can also be particularly attractive to burglars because they are less likely to have the same security measures as homes. Moreover, business premises, tend to be located next to other businesses which are often left uninhabited (depending on the type of business) for significant periods of time.

This helps burglars to operate without being spotted by the owner/staff of the business or neighbours. It’s therefore crucial that you assess your property on a variety of factors including ease of access (potential access points), location, and type of property (commercial/residential).

Once you’ve made an accurate assessment, you can determine the risk of burglary and seek out the appropriate level of security. If you’re concerned about the current efficacy of your home or business security system, please don’t hesitate to contact the team of experienced alarm installers at Homefront Electrical.

What are the best home camera security systems?

As the specific security needs of each property will naturally vary, there’s no best home security system with CCTV. However, some of the more popular brands of camera security systems include the likes of Yale, SimpliSafe, Arlo, and Redcare.

At Homefront Electrical, we can supply, fit, and maintain a wide variety of intruder alarm systems. This includes bell-only systems, app-controlled alarms, motion sensor systems, security systems that are connected to 24/7 remote monitoring centres, Policed response systems, and Redcare intruder alarms.

Protect your property with Homefront Electrical

Here at Homefront Electrical, we have more than 30 years of experience installing a wide range of camera security systems. From commercial properties to homes, we help protect what matters the most to you.

With the right burglar alarm system professionally installed by a qualified team, you can rest assured knowing your family, assets, business, staff, and more have a degree of protection when you’re not around. We support businesses and families across the Greater Manchester and North West area, including key locations like Cheshire and Stockport.

To find out more about the benefits of camera security systems or our intruder alarm installation services and prices, please don’t hesitate to contact the Homefront Electrical team today. To discuss your requirements, please feel free to give us a call on 0161 989 5671.

You can also get in touch by emailing our enquiry to info@homefront-electrical.co.uk or using our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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