4 Things You Should Consider Before Buying a CCTV System?

Posted on by Greg Schoenbaechler


Before making a major purchase, any reasonable person will perform research before pulling out their checkbook. Unless you’re Bill Gates, you would exercise caution before spending thousands on say, a new car. There are so variables to consider before purchasing a car.

But let’s turn price, gas mileage, year, horsepower, tire wear, brakes and warranty for terms suited for CCTV security systems:

4 Things You Should Consider Before Buying a CCTV System

1) What does the situation call for?

Everyone’s company, assets, employees and environment are completely different. The most important question you should ask yourself is: “why do I need a CCTV security system?” Possible scenarios include:

  • One of our forklifts was damaged and we don’t know who did it.
  • $5000 worth of product was recently stolen.
  • Production has fallen 15% this past month
  • We waste 500 hours per month in training.

CCTV security systems can be strategically placed to solve any of these issues. The next step in the process is to decide on necessary equipment. You might need 360 degree cameras, you might need cameras with built in audio, you might need tracking software to follow certain equipment, or you might need high quality imaging, as to show important details.

Professional CCTV companies will be able to show you many different options to solve your needs. Your only job is to determine what the situation calls for, and a professional will give you possible solutions.


2) How long do you need to keep data?

A typical question we receive is: “How long can you keep recorded data”? The answer is: “As long as you need it.”

But you don’t want to pay for recordings and storage when it’s not necessary. Here are possible security solutions…and the storage required:

  • If a cash register is short – you could have recordings of transactiond at registers for a few shifts, so 24 hours worth of recordings is all you need.
  • If copper is being stolen from your dumpster – trash comes once per week, and someone could come at anytime during the week, so one week of storage would solve the problem.
  • Production has fallen 15% over the past month – you’ll need one full month of recordings to determine what happened. If you had only one week, you wouldn’t have all the information to determine an effective solution.

Of course, you can have as much or little of recordings as you like, but then again, we’d recommend purchasing  just enough storage to solve your security issues.


3) Are you going to add a service contract into installation?

Here’s what’s going to happen to your new CCTV security system:

  • Stuff moves – Trees will block your camera’s viewing, production of widgets is now produced somewhere different, and employees wander in different areas throughout the day.
  • Software upgrades – Bugs will happen, hacking is going to be pursued, and people’s input will result in changes. Therefore software upgrades will happen quite frequently (think about how often you must update your smartphone’s software).
  • Maintenance/cleaning – lens will get dirty, and therefore won’t give you the clarity you need to catch license plates. Dust will accrue in a warehouse and therefore won’t give you the clarity needed to identify damaged machinery. Brackets and wiring can also be damaged throughout the life of your security system.

It is highly recommended to add a service contract into your new CCTV security installation. Because if you don’t, it’s very costly to have someone perform maintenance out of contract. Plus, whoever installs your system will be a highly trained professional, who can fix issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.


4) Are you going to have someone reliable to manage your system?

Employee turnover can greatly affect your CCTV security system. When someone inherits a system, they don’t know what the reasoning is behind the system, they might not know exactly where every camera is at and they might not know when the system was last upgraded.

We’d advise having a tenured, reliable employee be the head of your security. Or at least have an employee in authority be a secondary option who’s always involved with security decision making.



Hopefully today, we’ve opened your eyes to the decision making procedure prior to investing in a CCTV security system. CCTV systems are very cool and fun to play around with, but we just want you to be aware of typical situations that’ll effect the price of your new system.

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