Five things to look for in a CCTV camera system

Installing a video surveillance system is a great, and often necessary, way to ensure the safety of your business and employees. In Perth alone, there are countless CCTV options, so it is often difficult to decide what you need.

Here are the top five things to look out for.

1. Durability for outdoor and indoor surveillance situations

When deciding on the right equipment for your CCTV system consider environmental factors that may influence the camera’s performance. For instance, you may need a waterproof camera during rainy weather or a UV filter for Perth’s sunny weather.  Elements like dust can also disrupt the image but can easily be prevented with dust-proof housing.

2. Suitable coverage capabilities

How much of your commercial building needs to be covered? You may find your budget causes you to prioritise the areas you set up cameras, but with technology like a 360 degree dome or pan-tilt-zoom camera, the installation of a single camera has the potential to cover all the necessary ground. This is an ideal solution for many businesses, especially small business, as you won’t have to spend on multiple cameras, just for key entry points.

3. Good resolution quality

 If a crime is committed, a clear recording makes it easier for law enforcement to identify perpetrators. Tecsec’s IP security cameras have a minimum of 5.0 megapixels or 1080P, which is up to 25 times resolution of analogue CCTV cameras. For smaller areas where the camera is recording from a shorter distance, a lower resolution may be enough. We can tailor our recommendations to your budget and resolution requirements.

4. A reliable recording management system

An effective video surveillance system must be supported with a reliable video management system. CCTV cameras can record to a memory card, a dedicated digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NRV) system. A DVR or NVR system is generally recommended as a reliable alternative, as they have more memory storage capacity.

You may also need consider how and when you will access the recordings. Do you want to be notified of unusual motion detected during closing hours or be able to remotely access the camera from your phone? If the camera is connected by Wi-Fi you may want to ensure the safety of your video surveillance system from hacking through an encrypted connection.

5. If it meets specific functional needs

CCTV camera systems are installed for a variety of reasons, from deterring crime to monitoring a salesroom floor. Boxed cameras are often used as a visible deterrent of crimes, while hidden security cameras appear less intrusive. When installing a CCTV system, you should choose a camera that is recommended for the circumstances you are using it in. Consider if you need motion detection, facial recognition or night vision.


Contact Tecsec today to speak to our experienced professionals about getting a CCTV System. 



Are you thinking about installing a CCTV system at your business? Make sure you get licensed professionals to do it!

The provision of security services without a valid license is strictly prohibited under federal and WA Law, an unlicensed installer may end up costing you more.


What is a security installer license?

A security installer license is issued by the WA Police Licensing Services and allows the holder to install, maintain and repair security equipment controlled by the WA Surveillance Act.

There are four classes of security installer licenses. CCTV security installation belongs to ‘Class 2,’ as does security alarms. Persons who install, maintain or repair security equipment in a vehicle, vessel, aircraft or other means of transportation are excluded from this class.

Licenses are issued for one or three years and renewed every three years, so make sure your installer has a current license.


How do I tell who has a license? Why are licenses necessary?

Any business or individual providing security services must hold a valid security license. Since 1 January 2017 all new Class 2 security installer license applicants must complete a mandatory approved course in Technical Security prior to the submission of their license application.

Obtaining a valid license in security installation is a legal requirement in WA under the Security and Related Activities (Control) Act. Employing and/ or advertising the services of an unlicensed security installer is a serious offence. Failure to comply to the regulations may result in a penalty of a fine up to $10,000 in the case of an individual or $20,000 in the case of a corporate business.

Current licensed individuals are listed on the WA Police website. 


Why should I use a licensed installer?

1. They have completed the required training

Licensed installers must meet minimum requirements to obtain their license. Evidence of attaining the mandatory Technical Security qualification is submitted along with the security installer application.

The Technical Security training company must be approved by the WA Police Licensing Services. The course trains and assesses applicants on their technical ability and knowledge of installing and maintaining CCTV systems. The compulsory technical training means you can be reassured of the physical and technical ability of licensed installers.


2. They are registered with the WA Police

Licensed installers are registered with the WA Police, so they are more reliable and trustworthy than unlicensed installers. Unregistered CCTV security installers may also put you at risk of burglaries due to poor installation or improper persons.


3. You won’t risk your insurance

There’s no need to sweat if you encounter any problems during or after the installation when you hire a licensed CCTV installer. Licensed CCTV installers are covered by insurance. In the case of a burglary, illegally installed security may invalidate your home and contents insurance.


4. Licensed installers must adhere to a Code of Conduct

Other legal requirements are in place so that licensed installers have a strong obligation to deliver quality service. All license holders have agreed to abide by the Security Industry Code of Conduct, which if breached may result in disciplinary action. WA Police identify two scenarios where a licensed installer is required, find out if this applicable to you here. 

This Code of Conduct outlines minimum professional and ethical standards to ensure operators comply with Federal and WA legislation. These Minimum Standards aim to improve the safety of community and employees in addition to promoting consumer and community confidence.

Legal obligations aside, there are plenty of reasons why you should hire a licensed security installer. Avoid the risks associated with unprofessional and illegitimate security services by contacting Perth’s licensed security specialists for over 30 years.