We are fortunate to live in a safe part of the world on the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter region. However, you can never be too careful when it comes to your family’s safety. With home security technology like CCTV becoming cheaper and more accessible, more people are calling on an electrician to install security tech and lighting
in their homes.
If you’re thinking about upping the security credentials of your property, this guide is for you. At Delta Tech Electrical we can advise you on options for CCTV and security lighting and recommend the best set-up for your budget and home.
First of all, let’s get a few basics out of the way.
What is CCTV?
CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) refers to the use of video cameras to record one or more areas and broadcast the feed on a limited number of monitors. Security cameras can have a deterrent effect. On top of that, if you’re a victim of a break-in, the CCTV footage can assist law enforcement in their investigation. A CCTV system will be part of any top-shelf home security plan, but the systems can be pricey.
What is Security Lighting?
Security lighting is a kind of external or exterior lighting that illuminates certain areas of your home. It is usually installed in vulnerable areas such as access points and works to deter would-be intruders. Security lighting can be a great choice if you want to add a budget-friendly physical deterrent but think CCTV is unnecessary. Alternatively, a combination of the two will reduce the overall cost of your home security plan and provide effective protection.
1. Which areas do I need to focus on?
Before you rush off and buy everything on the market, it’s good sense to take stock of which areas really need attention with bright lighting or surveillance. Main entry points are a given, but also consider pools, driveways, the garage, and side laneways.
2. Where should I install CCTV and where should I use security lighting?
When you have identified the vulnerable areas of your property you need to decide whether lighting or CCTV is best. This is really a judgment call and depends on your goal and security plan. We recommend you discuss your options with one of our pros and figure out a plan that takes into consideration your home, your needs, and your budget.
3. Know your legal requirements
No matter what system you choose, your use of CCTV cameras must comply with all relevant Australian laws, including privacy laws. If you’re not sure, get in touch with us today for advice.
If you’re thinking about home security systems, a combination of CCTV and security lighting tends to work best for most homes and budgets. Get in touch with our friendly team today to speak with a local electrician about the best approach for your home and family.