Wired security cameras
These are a reliable option as they are hardwired to your premises, and you don’t need to worry about interference from nearby devices or the system going down when the Internet isn’t working. Although all CCTV can be DIY, wired cameras may need professional installation, as they require running a cable from DVR to camera.
Wireless security cameras
These cameras are easy to install as there is no need to drill holes and install wires. They provide high quality audio and video feeds wirelessly. However, wireless cameras may be affected by signal loss or interference, which could result in grainy or lost feeds.
These kits, also known as DVR security systems, come with multiple cameras and a recorder, and are designed to be easy to set up. Record and playback what the CCTV cameras capture, and view security footage remotely from your computer or mobile device. Depending on the number of channels your system has, you can add on cameras as required.
Motion sensors are one of the most vital components in any home or office security system. They set off alarms or alert you when there’s movement in an area, or when doors and windows are opened.
Motion sensors work by detecting infrared energy (body heat) or vibrations, or by sending out pulses and measuring the reflection off a moving object. Those that are sensitive to heat should be kept away from heating vents or areas where the temperatures could change swiftly, as this could trigger them.
Place motion sensors where intruders are most likely to enter, such as front or back doors, garage doors and ground floor windows, and along the path they are likely to take.
Be alerted when doors or windows are opened, or when sensors detect movement. Basic alarms emit an audible sound to attract attention, while smart alarms send alerts to your mobile device and can be customised to your needs as you can set your own rules to activate them.
Smart Door Locks
Smart locks work with a smartphone or special fob (a small security device with built-in authentication), giving you convenience and greater control over entry to your premises. They run on batteries so they aren’t affected by power outages. You can lock and unlock them remotely, and program them to open automatically when you’re within a certain range.
Smart locks provide easy, keyless entry – no more worrying about forgetting your keys. Some smart locks can even be programmed to turn your lights on and adjust thermostats remotely.
Control lighting remotely using an app on your mobile device, so you can schedule lighting times, turn lights on and off as required, and have greater control over energy usage.
Store important items and protect them against theft, fire and water.
Internet security software
Break-ins are not always physical. Protect yourself against virtual attacks and cyber threats.
Keep a backup of your important data, preferably offsite so you’ll have a copy in the event of theft or damage.