Home CCTV Camera Security System

Police-quality surveillance now in your home.

Your home security should, foremost, protect you, your family and your home. Unfortunately, many Australian homeowners are falling trap to DIY home security cameras or unlicensed installers. But why? Well, CCTV cameras and DVRs (digital video recorders) are available everywhere: your local electronics store, eBay, online. They’re even being sold to homeowners by their electricians, tradesmen and home entertainment installers. They may seem reasonably priced, the installation convenient and quick; but what’s the real price?

Don't settle for low-quality security.

Head into your local electronics store and compare the security cameras they’re using in store and the cameras they’re selling to homeowners on the floor. You’ll find the quality between what someone finds as good enough for their own personal use often varies wildly from what they’d happily sell to you. And in an industry unregulated, where unlicensed and untrained installers ploy their trade freely, it’s often too late before you realise your security system is totally ineffectual.

How do you know your home security cameras are working?

And we don’t mean simply turning on. We mean really working. How can you be sure your security system has cameras that are effectively tracking activity on your property and communicating that data so that, in the case of an emergency, the right people can be there to help? Its called the 5-Diamond Certification from the Central Station Alarm Association. It’s something only the top 130 security providers worldwide have ever attained. Not a single Australian security provider has achieved 5-Diamond status. Which means we’re Australia’s highest-rated security professionals.

We’re also certified AS2201.2 Grade A by ASIAL (Australian Security Industry Association) and police can refuse to accept calls from non-certified monitoring centres and insurers can deny claims if a non-standards compliant system is in use.

Better security means a safer home.

When you go with a trusted security provider you can rest assured your installation is the hands of a licensed professional. Because they’re trained to best create a security blueprint of your property, you know that your home is being safely monitored from multiple angles, with cameras able to track any intruder’s path. This means that your security monitoring provider is able to locate a burglar as soon as they enter the property and help the police track them down. If the perpetrator happens to get away, Calamity’s law enforcement-grade surveillance cameras can help identify and ultimately apprehend them.

Don't lose money on your insurance claim.

Using unlicensed and untrained security providers can lose you money. Initially, you’ll be paying for home security cameras that simply aren’t up to scratch. Along the line, if and when your home is broken in to, you’ll struggle to get your insurance claim approved because your security system didn’t meet the compliance standards of your insurance provider.

Head over to our Home Security System Installation page to find out more about how Calamity can help keep your family safe.

And find out how we can improve your home security and help save you money.

Common CCTV Camera Security FAQs

Security cameras (or CCTV cameras) operate independently to record video to a Network Video Recorder (NVR) digitally either wirelessly or preferably by using professionally cabled and secure wiring. Surveillance cameras can record both video and audio signals (subject to legislation), and will also work in conjunction with security systems and remote off-site monitoring.

CCTV cameras typically work at night by using one of the following technologies:

  • Infrared illumination: A sensor detects the infrared energy produced by different objects to produce a good quality image, even in total darkness. Often this is assisted via infrared lighting which is invisible to humans but allows cameras to see in the dark as though it were daylight.
  • Low-light Imaging: Uses image intensifiers to enlarge and amplify the available light to capture images in low light. Modern IP Cameras are highly sensitive and can perform better than the human eye in very low light.
CCTV cameras can generally operate on very little electricity and it’s not uncommon for 16 or more cameras to be powered from a single outlet. This can be protected in-turn by an ‘uninterruptible power supply’ (UPS) to provide power to the cameras and recorders even during a blackout or if the power to your premises is cut by criminals.

The difference in quality between the most expensive analogue CCTV camera and the cheapest high-definition IP camera is substantial. Analogue cameras are not worth installation and existing ones can be easily replaced, often using existing cabling with newer cameras whose quality will blow you away. IP cameras typically have higher resolution from HD Megapixel to 4k and offer a much larger field of vision than their analogue predecessors. All of our clients who have replaced their older, existing CCTV systems with newer hardware have been delighted by the immediate improvement in quality as well as the additional features newer systems provide for crime prevention and day to day convenience.

Like any internet-connected device, CCTV cameras and recorders can be vulnerable to hacking. Taking simple measures like setting a strong password and changing it regularly will provide protection against hackers. Similarly, updating software and firmware just as you would your desktop computer. CCTV cameras can operate without internet access or connection to your local network however you won’t be able to access your cameras remotely. Calamity has a strong background in IT and Cyber Security and can advise on best practices as required.