The cost of a security camera installation is just as important as the quality of the security cameras.
Some installers hide their installation fees within the purchase of the security cameras they are selling you. Some charge an hourly fee while some give a vague estimate as to how much the total amount will be.
Also, Many inexperienced installers do not know that there are life and property saving features that most 2016 security camera models now offer. Installers who are up to date on new camera operations may charge an extra fee to activate these features as a premium. Here in this article, we will cut through the vague fees and technical side of feature-rich security camera systems.
The 2 Types of Security Camera Installation
The first type of installation is basic. A basic security camera installation for most homes and small businesses will use the wiring that was included with your security camera package if you bought your camera system from a store or another website. Expect to pay between $125 to $150 for each security camera installed. The security camera wiring will be installed in a similar fashion as your cable or satellite TV wiring, exposed but if you have a one story home or building with an attic, cables may be hidden if there is easy attic access and the building is of newer construction. Basic installation of security cameras is usually installed by non-insured or unlicensed installers. Programming your security camera system for online viewing on your mobile phone, tablet or computer is normally a separate charge of $85.
Enhanced Security Camera Installation
Enhanced security camera wiring which completely hides all of your cable/wiring will normally cost $200 to $220 per security camera. In most cases, your wiring will be upgraded to RG59 for analog camera systems and or Cat6 for IP security cameras to carry video data better and ensure a more stable connection. If conduit is needed or if your cameras need individual programmings such as IP or wireless cameras then the installation will be estimated on an individual basis. Most security camera installations are enhanced and are usually installed by experienced, licensed and insured installers.
Most unlicensed security camera installers haven’t been trained to help you take advantage of all the critical features of your security camera system. If you purchased a moderate range system such as a Swann, Revo, Zmodo, Lorex, QSee or similar systems, you may be limited to only viewing live surveillance video online via a computer or mobile device with a limited few systems allowing immediate video playback when motion is detected in certain areas of your security cameras view. An affordable High Definition security camera system has the capability of receiving instant alerts and notification as well as detect certain motion within the video during times you deem important with full video playback on your mobile phone or tablet. If someone shouldn’t be in a particular area on your property while you’re away, your security camera system should recognize the size and motion of the individual or object and notify you by mobile phone immediately via an always-on app. Make sure that your security camera installer knows how to program your security camera system so it will notify you when it detects motion during certain times of the day or night. In a worse case scenario, if the camera system is stolen or vandalized at your home or business, the video cloud backup and emailed snapshots should automatically upload to your app or email account for preservation for later identification of the suspects.
The Difference Between Licensed and Non-Licensed Installers
The biggest difference between licensed and non-licensed installers in most cases are their prices but not in all cases. In the Southeast and Midwest of the United States, the per camera installation price for non-licensed security camera installers run from $125 to $150 and can vary up to $200 per camera installed for large multi-floor homes and larger business facilities with difficult or longer runs (This amount also depends on the number of security cameras you are having installed). Licensed security camera installers in the same areas will charge between $265 and $300 per camera (depending on the number of cameras you’re having installed and the difficulty of the security cable runs). These prices may be a bit higher in some parts of the East and West Coast. In my experience, 4 security cameras with installation on a moderately sized home normally run $885 if it can be installed within an 8 hour period. You can get a better break with 8 security cameras installed with most installations hovering around $1050 for an installation that takes between 8 to 10 hours to complete to $2124 for a 2-day installation.
There are some projects that may take multiple days to complete for older homes and business buildings with older and thicker facades and walls or multiple buildings over a large complex using mesh wireless technology or enhanced conduit placement as well as multiple monitor placement and clustering. If this is the case, ask for a daily rate which will be more affordable than a per security camera or an hourly rate.
No matter how much money you save initially on your installation, be sure that your installer is knowledgeable about every aspect of wiring and can answer all of your questions about installing security cameras in your home or business as well as answer questions about online viewing and maintenance of your security camera system. Also, keep in mind that your home owner’s insurance will not financially back you if there is an incident that damages your home because of a non-licensed installer. The same goes for business owners who rent or own their own property. Most licensed security camera installers carry their own liability insurance in case there is a mishap caused during a security camera installation. The amount of money you are trying to save using an unlicensed installer can cost you much more in the long run.
High-end manufacturing has allowed prices for high definition security cameras to fall dramatically over the last few years, down to a 60% reduction in price over the last 5 years, allowing customers to take advantage of 2 to 5 Megapixel security camera systems. Because of stiff competition, many security camera installers are offering package deals in which they offer “near free” security cameras with their installation. Sometimes they may require you to bundle extra installation work like network wiring for business phones and data lines but there are a few security camera companies and outfits who offer near free cameras with no monthly payments when your order an installation of 8 or more cameras. In these cases, make sure you find out what you are paying for altogether. Most of these near free security camera systems are from a much older analog technology and are sometimes just recycled equipment that is hard to sell on their own. Another question you should keep in mind is how good is the warranty and who should you call if you have any questions about your security camera system in the future. If you hire an individual or company who offer an all in one deal make sure you’re quoted a flat fee per camera so you’re not surprised at the final invoice. Also, make sure that online programming is a part of that price so you’re not paying extra to view your security cameras from your mobile phone or tablet remotely.
For clients who want or need to upgrade their current security camera system and need affordable high-level security camera coverage, look for HD-TVI security camera systems. Replacing your older analog security cameras happens to be very inexpensive if the cable that connects your recorder (DVR) to your security cameras is of good quality. RG59 or RG6 cable. If so, upgrading your security cameras and DVR can be as low as $125 per security camera by a licensed, bonded and insured installer. The new HD-TVI systems have up to 2 megapixels of remarkable camera views like the one downloaded picture at the top of this article. If you’re upgrading a network camera system, you may be able to change out the cameras yourself since the wiring is just an RJ45 network plug, the same type you use to connect your computer to a modem or router. Most new security camera systems nowadays are hybrid systems like HD-CVI, HD-SDI and HD-TVI. Don’t worry about the acronyms, just know that you want a system that can double your video resolution and allow you to view details you couldn’t see before. We like to install IP and HD-TVI security cameras and DVRs because of its versatility and acceptance of extra IP cameras that can be located on or off premises halfway around the world. For example, we had a client who wanted several cameras to cover her restaurant as well as a couple of cameras at her home across town. We suggested a new HD-TVI system with 2 IP cameras for her home. All in one system. This is the flexibility today’s systems can accomplish. We were able to find a local installer that charged her $185 per camera because some of the camera positions still had security camera cable in place from a previous security camera system and the cost of her new security camera system was affordable. She saved a substantial amount of money compared to larger advertised alarm companies that wanted to lock her into a 3-year contract. She also received a 3-year defective free warranty which is unheard of with security cameras you buy from big box stores like Best Buy or online stores which in most cases only offers a limited one year warranty. Using some of the same security camera cables you may already have installed from your older security cameras may be able to give you up to 4 times more video resolution than most analog security cameras and rival the prices of other higher-end surveillance systems.
Here are a few features your security camera system should have:
Intrusion Detection & Notification
Make sure your new security camera system includes intrusion detection. You can get real-time alerts on your mobile phone or tablet device that you can act on quickly when a particular area has been entered or tampered with. Set the tampering area as small or as large as you like and at the time you want it activated. You can also turn on and off this feature from your mobile app so you don’t trip up the detection alarm built into your mobile app. No additional equipment is necessary and the area of alarm can be changed remotely so you can make changes to your security detail immediately. Your level of security is enhanced with this feature.
WeMo And Nest Compatibility
Cheap cookie cutter security camera systems can only cover the basics. Your surveillance cameras should be able to connect to your home automation as well as business control systems. Connect to WeMo, Nest and a few other awesome automated control systems. My favorite program that you can run automatically is the lawn sprinklers when the security cameras recognize that someone is standing on your lawn when you’re not home. It can tell your sprinkler control system to send out a burst of water. Great for dogs who wander into your yard to do its unwanted business. It can also turn on outdoor and indoor lights or give a voice warning when someone’s near a door or window and notify you immediately of the infraction with an alert and quick video of the incident sent to your mobile phone.
Cash Register POS & Video Integration
Do you have a store with a cash register? View cash receipts as they are rung up on a register. Our HD-TVI and IP camera system come bundled with this feature. Meticulously track your true sales and defeat Sweethearting. Your security camera DVR can connect to your cash register terminal and show the text of what’s being purchased right onto the video of the closest security camera. Contact us to make sure your POS and security camera integration is set up properly to give you years of sales tracking and monitoring. The 4 camera system can integrate 1 POS terminal. Our 8 security camera bundle can integrate 4 POS terminal/registers and our 16 camera system can view 8 terminals.
Have one of our security camera experts answer all of your questions about an installation or tech support. We are here to listen and offer a solution. If you’ve already purchased one of our security camera systems and need assistance setting it up to view your cameras online or to view a previously recorded video, we are here to help. We can also help you set up your security camera system password, motion detection, mobile viewing, 2-way audio security cameras or mobile phone notification of motion alerts.
HD-TVI security camera video view of Tint & Gloss
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