June 21, 2022 | Heather Drake | Blog

What You Need to Know Before Buying A Security Camera


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Everyone wants to protect their home from criminals in the best way possible. One of the best ways to protect your home is to get security cameras for extra home security. To keep your home, family, and valuables safe we’ll be going through what you need to know before buying a security camera.

If you’re thinking about your home security, why not look at getting security lighting, improving your door security or adding a smart home security system? If you need help with your home security, why don’t you check out our Ultimate Home Security Guide.


What CCTV Cameras Are Best?

When deciding on what security camera to buy, you first need to think of what your needs are and pick a camera to suit what you want. Beginning with whether you want indoor or outdoor cameras, as this decides how weatherproof your security cameras need to be.

Next decide if you want wired or wireless (battery) security cameras, and if you want your camera to have night vision, motion detection, auto tracking, facial recognition, two-way audio, if it records during a power cut or if it has an app. It’s also worth comparing the quality of the camera and the output resolution of what you’re deciding on, and the lens size and sensor radar.

Before making your purchase, make sure to look at the installation of the home security cameras and if you want just cameras or a whole security package.

How easy it is to set up in the property can be a deciding factor as to whether you want it for your home, or if another brand is better suited. When looking at brands that have security cameras, if you want a full security system as well as cameras, make sure to check with the brand you go with that they have a range of products to suit your needs or if they are compatible with another full home security system. Here are some CCTV camera brands for you to consider:

Blink Camera

A battery powered easy to use security device, that offers two-way audio, HD video, motion detection and it connects to other amazon smart products.

Arlo Camera

A wireless award-winning home security, that’s simple to set up, has 2x 4K-capable HDR-enhanced cameras, it’s waterproof and connects to your phone as a smart hub.

Eufy Camera

An innovative ‘smart home simplified’ system offering a choice of all-weather performing security products including wired and wireless cameras, offering colour night vision, two-way audio, human detection, and military-grade encryption.

Ring Security Camera

An all in one wired or wireless camera option with an app. It offers two-way audio, floodlights, 3D motion detection, HDR and colour night vision, motion notifications and it works with other smart devices.

Nest Camera

A weather-resistant wired and wireless google smart camera that connects to other google devices, offering motion alerts, HDR and Night Vision, 24/7 live streaming, talk and listen and records even during a power outage.

Swann CCTV

As a global leader in security and surveillance technology they offer wired and wireless CCTV cameras, with up to 4K ultra-HD, heat and motion sensing, night vision, phone notifications and facial recognition, two-way talking and they’re weatherproof.

Where Do You Put Security Cameras Around the House?

There are many places to put your security camera both inside and outside the home to give you the best possible protection.

When placing cameras, it’s important to place them pointing to doors, windows and driveways as this offers the best protection to your main entryways and makes it easier to see suspicious activity. Another place to put cameras is in common areas such as lounges, stairways, and kitchens, as these are the most likely places for a burglar to go through. They are also the most likely rooms to have valuables stored in, so will be the biggest targeted areas.


Can a Neighbour Point a Security Camera at My House?

There are some restrictions you must adhere to in the UK regarding recording people outside of your home. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) enforces that if your CCTV system captures people outside of the boundaries of your home (such as in shared spaces, neighbours’ homes or gardens or public footpaths), then you must adhere to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to keep people’s personal data safe through making them aware with signs to say recording is happening, processing the footage and keep it secure and storing the videos correctly, and only keeping it for as long as you need it and deleting footage of people if they ask you too.

Audio recording is also closely monitored, as this is extremely privacy intrusive. It’s good procedure to disable audio recording when you own a CCTV camera to avoid any invasion of privacy. Check out the ICO CCTV checklist to better understand your obligations under GDPR. We would also recommend not recording in personal rooms, such as the restroom or bedrooms, as it would be a breach of privacy and it is illegal to record anyone without their consent where there is the expectation of privacy.

We would recommend aiming your camera away from your neighbours’ properties to avoid breaching their privacy, and to just record your property and nothing outside the boundaries of your home. We would also recommend you get CCTV Camera recording signs to place outside your property.


Hire a Professional to Install Your Security Cameras

Sometimes it’s just easier to hire a professional to get your CCTV cameras installed and set up. This can make the process easier and stress free and offer advice on where’s the best place to place your security cameras.

They can go through the whole process for you, from installation to syncing to ensure that it effectively protects your property. Call a local Locksmith at Keytek® on 0808 164 2928 to help you with your house security. From changing your locks to offering a free home security check, we are happy to help!

Find out what additional home security you could add to your home to improve security and deter burglars, and how this can potentially help reduce your home insurance premium.