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January 03, 2022

What to Know Before Buying a Security Camera

There is a high level of competition in the technology industry as CCTV manufacturers keep hitting the market with new products having amazing features. Sometimes, they enroll promoters that use questionable marketing promises to confuse unsuspecting customers.

So how can you make an informed buying decision considering the overwhelming online and offline advertorials? Apart from getting the right product, you should also understand the installation, recording, and surveillance regulations.

Here are tips to help you choose the best CCTV camera for your home or business.

Regulations for General Filming and Surveillance

Camera positioning is a critical regulatory factor to consider. Before installing the cameras, you need to study your state or municipality regulations regarding the place to put your surveillance cameras. The majority of the state regulations on firming or surveillance are against placing cameras in restrooms, locker rooms, and other people's properties.

Apart from the regulations, every camera must cover a specific area or activity. So the area and interest have to be defined to avoid wasting time and resources.

Audio Recording Restrictions

One or more parties participating in a conversation must give consent before you activate sound recording. This was contained in the federal wiretap laws. Hence, it's a crime if you record conversations between two individuals without their approval.

Therefore, it is recommended to mute every CCTV camera in your office or business premises.

Recording the Police

You have the constitutional right to keep your surveillance equipment functioning while the police are conducting an investigation. You can document the activities of the police. However, you should not proceed with the recordings if it is obstructing the investigation or causing danger to the public servant.

Apart from the regulations guiding the installation of cameras, you need to understand the features of CCTV cameras before buying.

Image Quality

Standard CCTV cameras should produce videos in 720p (1MP) and 1080p resolution. Of course, image quality is good when viewing the playbacks and for investigative purposes.

Though there are cheaper options, you need to invest in a CCTV system with storage space and backup time to enable playback of past events.

Motion and Audio Sensors

If you can afford it, go for CCTV cameras with motion and audio sensors. These features are part of smart security cameras adding a layer of security to your system. They work by sending notifications to the security guard/operator/owner about suspicious movements around sensitive areas in their facility.

Infra-Red LEDs

Ask the dealer for cameras with Infra-Red LEDs. These are small bulbs located on the sides of the lens at the center. They are installed in current cameras to provide Infra-Red light for night vision.


Ensure you get weatherproof indoor/outdoor security cameras. Weather-resistant CCTV cameras enable you to get footage even during adverse weather conditions. In fact, waterproofing is a must for every camera.

Consult a Professional

Other considerations will enable you to enjoy the best output and efficiency in a CCTV camera not covered in this article. Therefore you need an expert to help you make the best buying decision. Consult experienced locksmiths at Lock Around The Clock to make the process easier and affordable. Also, consider high-security door lock installation as part of your security upgrade.