CCTV has come a long way in a fairly short space of time, with the reduction of cost and wide availability of cameras there has been a significant boom of businesses and homeowners installing CCTV devices.
There are a lot of things that should be considered when looking at installing CCTV, especially if this is your first time doing so. CCTV installation costs can vary dramatically depending on a lot of different factors.
In this article, we will be exploring these factors and variables that affect CCTV installation costs and give a bit more insight into the systems as a whole. Hopefully, with this information, you will be able to select the right CCTV systems for you and your security needs.
In this guide, we’ll cover:
- Standard CCTV Installation Cost
- CCTV Installation Cost Variables
- CCTV System Types
- CCTV Systems Benefits
- How to Choose a CCTV Installer
- CCTV Installation Summary
What's in this Guide?
Average CCTV Installation Cost
To put it bluntly, there is no such thing as an ‘average CCTV installation cost’, there is a common adage used in the security industry and that is that there is no one size fits all approach to security systems, as each case is completely unique.
It is important to also think of your CCTV installation as an investment in your future security and not just an outright cost. You are protecting your home or business and providing a deterrent to criminal activity.
Having said that, it’s safe to assume that the basic installation of a 4 camera system starts at £350. This doesn’t include installation costs, which can vary for each job and depend on a number of factors which we will cover later on.
We’ve put together the table below to give you a guide on the typical costs of CCTV installation. It’s important to remember that this is just a guide, and a security professional will be able to give you a more accurate answer based on the factors and type of CCTV system being installed.
|CCTV System Type||No. Cameras||Camera Cost||Installation Cost||Total|
|Basic CCTV System||4||£350||£350||£700|
|Basic CCTV System||8||£600||£600||£1200|
|Wireless CCTV System||4||£500||£350||£850|
|Wireless CCTV System||8||£900||£600||£1500|
In the next section, we will be looking at some of the factors that affect your CCTV installation costs and briefly breaking them down to show the variance in each system set-up.
Factors Affecting CCTV Installation Costs
Number of Cameras
Needless to say, if you have more cameras, it will cost you more to install your CCTV system. Each camera may also require installation, cabling, and even maintenance in the future. So, this can affect your costs in several ways.
Complexity of Job
Think of this as how hard it will be to set up your cameras, this could be because they are going to be installed in difficult to reach spots, at the perimeter of your site or in adverse weather conditions.
As we have alluded to above, the type of camera will also have an impact on the overall cost. For example, a wired camera will often need someone with cabling knowledge and the installation of the wires, as opposed to a wireless camera that although the camera costs more upfront, would require a good signal and avoid cabling costs.
When you are in the market for CCTV you may want to factor in cameras that have additional features that can benefit you. These can be anything from human detection to false alarm reduction, to instant notifications. Sometimes these can incur higher costs, or require you to install a different camera type.
Another factor to think about when you are looking to install CCTV for your business is where you are located, and if you have different locations the varying costs in these areas. To put this into context, CCTV installation in London is more expensive than in a smaller town.
Self Installation or Expert Installation
Depending on your camera type you may need to hire a professional to help you install your CCTV system or be able to do it yourself. Make sure you factor this into your price estimate when working out how much your CCTV system will cost.
Type of Building
In the UK, there are different costs associated with your building type that can affect your CCTV installation cost. CCTV for listed buildings in the UK would require more expensive installation costs and some buildings (such as ones of historical significance) cannot even have cables installed at all.
Different Types of CCTV Systems
There are a huge variety of CCTV cameras and each have their own benefits and uses, with this being said, to keep this guide brief, we will be covering the key types and not their subcategories, Wired Cameras, Wireless Cameras and briefly touching on Dummy Cameras.
These are what most of us think of when we say CCTV cameras, the traditional wired setup that is outside the front entrance of a building with cables running through the building.
A wired camera is attached to either a NVR or DVR and a CCTV monitor. This is one of the most common CCTV setups and has been popular for decades.
One of the newer types of CCTV systems, wireless cameras use the local network or WiFi network to send the raw video data. These cameras can typically be accessed any time of day or night.
There is a lot of additional flexibility with a wireless setup and often benefits smaller applications as they can alleviate some costs and keep an eye on their locations from an app, website or smartphone.
A lot of people will compare CCTV and IP Cameras (a form of wireless cameras) but they are very different and have their own benefits and uses.
It is worth noting a type of camera that you may come across when searching for CCTV systems, and as the name suggests, this is not actually a working camera.
Dummy cameras have become popular in recent years and are designed to look like a camera but are just a fake camera that does not record anything and is not connected to anything. They are a very low-cost option that serves solely as a deterrent.
Benefits of CCTV Systems
There are countless benefits to installing a CCTV system and each business will have their own reasons or priorities when it comes to their security system. With this in mind, we will be covering some of the more general benefits of CCTV installation to cover a lot of bases.
Deters Criminals – one of the major benefits of installing CCTV is the ability to deter criminals, being able to stop crimes before they occur is a huge reason to install CCTV for your business or home.
Reduce Internal Threats – if you are a business, it can be really beneficial to have security cameras both inside and outside of your premises. You will be able to have a better handle on external threats but also internal ones such as shrinkage or time fraud.
Help Stop Future Crimes – being able to have not only an impact on deterring crimes, CCTV cameras can help provide evidence to limit future crimes. For instance, your cameras may capture footage of criminals or help identify suspicious activity.
Create Accountability – when you have CCTV cameras installed you have a lot more accountability within your business and it can greatly affect the relationships and professionalism in your company.
Insurance Claims – CCTV footage can also be used as footage in insurance claims and is often beneficial to your case. This provides another level of security and protection for your business and staff members.
Things to Consider When Choosing a CCTV Installer
Finding the right CCTV installer to help you deploy your systems can be difficult if you are not armed with the right information and hire the wrong person for the job.
Finding an installer who has a good track record and a lot of positive reviews is always a good idea, and going cheap is never a good option.
By no means go for the most expensive option, but shop around and find someone who is reliable and will not cost you more in the long run by compromising your security.
A lot of work that is done by professionals in the security space is still based on word of mouth, recommendations and personal networks.
Asking fellow business owners, neighbours, friends or colleagues if they know any security professionals or CCTV installers is always a good place to start.
As we have mentioned above, the cheapest option is often not the best when it comes to security, and finding the balance that works for your budget and does not affect your future security is always the best option.
Finding out what options your chosen installer or shortlist of installers can provide and deploy for you can help you narrow down your search. Always look at the options they can provide and their ability to deploy these systems.
Having an installer that can be flexible to your needs and really listens and acknowledges the problems you are looking to solve is important when shopping for your CCTV system.
You want to make sure they are helping you install a system that works for you and not just a generic security system that does not account for your specifications or needs.
How Much Does CCTV Installation Cost? Summary
As we can see, there are a lot of factors and things to consider when you are totting up your CCTV installation cost. In the UK alone there has been a real boom in CCTV installation and other interesting CCTV trends, so, ensuring you understand the market and all of your options is important.
As with all security, CCTV and access control solutions, there is no one size fits all solution, which means you can’t comfortably say the cost will be ‘X’ for any company who is looking to install CCTV or an advanced security system.
With this being said, you should now have a better idea of how to work out your costs, and what to think about when researching and installing your CCTV systems.