With more advanced features like smart monitoring and Cloud storage space, CCTV has come a long way to bring you peace of mind. But with all the choice, how can you know which security system is the best choice for you?
Before you even start your search, you’ll want to consider:
- How many cameras you’ll need: Whether it’s for home or work, you’ll want to ensure you have enough cameras to cover all access points (doors and windows). Some security systems even have the option to connect additional cameras – ensuring you have plenty of coverage. Maximum coverage = maximum security.
- How much storage you’ll need: If you plan on recording 24/7, you’ll need a system with plenty of storage. Cameras with motion detection will likely film more than you think. While some systems come connected to the cloud and offer free space to start you off, you might be better choosing one that comes with in-built storage.
- How high the resolution should be: It’s no good installing multiple cameras around the property if you can’t make out faces or read the number plates should the need arise. Look for cameras that are full HD resolution, and with infrared night vision. The best ones don’t get their view blocked by insects either – nothing can stop them picking up every detail.
Here are our top CCTV picks – the cream of the crop when it comes to home or office security.
Swann 8-Channel 1080p Smart Security System
In a nutshell: Run up to 8 cameras on this easy-to-use smart security system
Keeping tabs on your home security couldn’t be easier with the weatherproof Swann SWDVK-845804. Its ‘set and forget’ recording feature means that once setup you don’t need to do anything else.
The cameras only switch on when they detect activity, and they store a year’s worth of footage on its 1TB Hard Drive and direct to your personal Dropbox account through Quickshot Cloud.
It comes with 4 Full HD cameras – featuring state of the art Swann True Detect PIR motion heat sensors. They’ll pick up people, cars and anything else that generates heat. But not cobwebs blocking the sensor – so you won't end up with hours of pointless footage.
Go remote with the HomeSafe View app. Compatible with iOS and Android, it sends you a push notification when movement is detected, which you can monitor via your smartphone.
For extra security you can add on another 4 cameras – like the Swann PRO-5MSB Bullet
Lorex 6-Channel 1080p Security System
In a nutshell: Keep an eye on nighttime intruders with Infrared Night Vision
With 4 wireless cameras the Lorex 6-Channel Security System is easy to install. Place them both inside and outside for all round security and add up to 2 more cameras for extra peace of mind.
Footage is detailed thanks to Full HD 1080p resolution, while Infrared Night Vision lets you see what's on your premises in the dark. It’s essential that every detail is clearly identifiable – you never know when they’ll come in handy.
Download the Lorex Secure app and you’ll be able to check in no matter where you are in the world. You’ll get a notification every time the camera detects movement, with footage recorded on its DVR.
Arlo 3 Home Security Camera Kit
In a nutshell: Get home security in an instant with this ‘plug and play’ wireless home security system
The Arlo 3 Kit gives you an easy way to keep an eye on your home.
Setup is simple – just connect the base station to your Wi-Fi router, sync the cameras, open up the free Arlo app and start monitoring on your phone, tablet or computer.
You don’t even need a power source for the cameras – they come with a 6-month re-chargeable battery life – and you can add more cameras at the touch of a button.
Included in the kit is your own personal cloud storage – with 7 days of free recording – so you can backup footage at any time. Particularly handy if you need evidence when making an insurance claim.
And when movement is detected Arlo will alert you – so you can respond faster, helping to keep your property safe.
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