The prices of security systems or cameras vary widely. You can spend hundreds to even thousands of dollars for a top-of-the-line, fully-integrated home security camera system, and perhaps hundreds to even thousands of dollars for a basic, simple home security camera. Needless to say, there are several smart strategies for you to obtain a preferred price on your security equipment. Here are three of the best.
First up, your friends and family members are sure to have heard of at least one security system company. Ask them for recommendations. If you don’t know anyone who may have used such a service, then ask your friends and family members – anybody who may have either used such a service in the past, or who may currently use one. Word-of-mouth is always more reliable than anything else!
If you know of no security camera system company that you can consult, try phoning around to some of the larger companies. Chances are you will find that they are all offering some sort of special offers. Call around and ask if you can speak with someone in-charge of customer service. Ask what sort of deals these big companies are giving away. Often, you can secure better discounts this way.
It is possible for you to purchase an entire system from one security provider, including the cameras, monitors and transmitters. This is called a bundle package. Call around and find out which companies offer packages, as they may be priced differently. For instance, if two cameras are being purchased, rather than one, then you will probably pay a bit more for each camera. However, since it only costs a few hundred dollars for installation and a month of warranty protection, it is well worth the cost, in terms of price per month.
In addition to bundles, you may also be able to purchase cameras individually. In fact, many camera providers have individual pieces available for purchase. You can often purchase dome cameras, pan/tilt/zoom/auto focus, vandal proof units, waterproof cameras, etc. In addition to individual pieces, you can also purchase cameras that require a mounting kit. You should inquire about which type you will need before making the purchase.
Another thing to keep in mind when shopping around is the aspect of the picture quality and resolution offered. Typically, security cameras operate at higher resolutions than indoor cameras, but the landscape or other field of view may not be as clear as you would like. For this reason, you should shop for a camera with the highest possible resolution. You can check the specs for the model that you are interested in knowing what the highest possible resolution is. Some cameras offer up to 10-megapixel resolution, but these may be rarer. If you want the best picture quality possible, you will definitely want to spend a good bit more on the resolution.
If you are looking to save money, you might want to consult with a surveillance systems professional services provider about your options. This way, you will have an idea of the different prices offered by different companies. There are a few perks to shopping around and shopping online: you can compare prices, read reviews, and learn more about a particular vendor. It is also important to hire an experienced professional who knows how to install the cameras. A good security cameras provider will provide you with a video demo that you can view on your computer monitor and/or iPhone prior to placing your order.
In addition to features, you will want to check out the equipment that the security camera system company has to provide as well. Some of the major components you will need to include in your cameras include: outdoor cameras (which can be dome or bullet), motion detectors, video recorders, network adapters, USB cards for uploading the photos to your computer and memory cards, battery packs and monitors. These are just a few of the items that a good surveillance company may have on hand in order to help you protect your business and your property.