Blake Fire and Security Systems

Why Commercial CCTV Kits Belong On The Shelf & NOT In Your Business

Date: 22 February 2018

Repeat after us:

“I solemnly swear not to buy an inexpensive commercial CCTV kit online and attempt to install it myself.”

If you take one thing away from this blog post, let it be this: If you think hiring a professional is expensive... try using an amateur.

Here's why you should think again!

Why commercial CCTV kits should be left on the shelf

There’s no shame in wanting to save money. But problems arise when the average DIY enthusiast assumes they have the skills required to install a commercial CCTV system, and expect it to work properly.

You could do a poor job on the wiring, leave blind spots or install the cameras at the incorrect height – all of which leave your staff, assets and premises vulnerable.

If you successfully build a small shed for your back garden, does it qualify you to build the foundations for a house? Both jobs require vastly different levels of expertise.

Commercial security the RIGHT way, not the EASY way

The same idea applies when installing a CCTV system - there’s more to it than meets the eye… and taking matters into your own hands, or passing it on to the bloke from the pub, could end up costing you more.

Be honest, do you have the knowledge to:

  • Identify the correct height for each camera
  • Position the cameras so that you don’t breach the Data Protection Act
  • Work around blind spots caused by furniture or building structures
  • Install the system in accordance with current British Standards

We didn’t think so – best to leave it to the professionals!

The dangers of a sloppy DIY attempt

Blake’s CCTV expert, Richard Crane, conducted an experiment to demonstrate a common mistake business owners make when installing their own CCTV system… Look at both of the images below:

commercial cctv kits cause blurry image


professionally installed CCTV system

In the first image, the stationary objects in the background (the skip, door and construction equipment) are in clear focus. However, the moving subject is blurry.

This is because of the default camera settings - they aren’t always automatically setup to capture clear motion footage when you take them out of the box.

In comparison, the image underneath has been set up by our professional to maintain a clear focus on moving subjects.

"Professional, accredited security companies undergo continual training and annual inspections to ensure the systems they design and install meet legislation." - Richard Crane, Blake's CCTV Expert

Imagine this…

You set up your own commercial CCTV kit outside your premises. You don’t have the skills to fiddle with the technical settings that will get the picture quality up to scratch.

One night, your business is burgled. You show the footage of the burglar breaking in to the Police… who can’t identify a suspect because the footage is blurry!

Your system wouldn’t fulfil on the very purpose it was intended for!

Key takeaway

'Commercial CCTV kits' should stay on the shelf!

A poorly installed CCTV system can fail your business when you need it most...but a professional can ensure your cameras will safeguard your business for years to come.

Learn what questions you need to ask to get the best CCTV system for your money - download your free eBook below.commercial cctv questions

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