CCTV Guildford

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CCTV Installation Guildford Surrey (GU1): A camera-based surveillance system that is now more often seen in Guildford, closed-circuit television (usually known as CCTV) is used to monitor residential properties, business premises, buildings, land and public places like council buildings, parks and leisure centres. A CCTV system is essentially a network of cameras, that may be wireless or wired, which transmit recordings via signals or a wi-fi connection, to monitors on which they can be viewed either as static images or moving video in real time or in the future. It's highly recommended that CCTV is professionally installed in Guildford, since there are various different forms of CCTV systems available, each needing to be installed in varying ways and offering differing features.

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Analogue CCTV - Using a network of cameras, an analogue CCTV system uses a standard setup to record and monitor activity throughout a property. They're capable of recording continuous video or still images, save them to a local Digital Video Recorder (DVR), and the DVR can also be connected to the internet for remote monitoring via smartphone or computer. If inspection by the police is necessary, video footage can easily be copied to a CD/DVD or USB memory stick. While these can be connected to the net, this is not essential to the functioning of the system, and can be used as independent systems when that is sufficient for your requirements.

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IP Systems - With IP camera systems, recording and monitoring can be accomplished with a wide area network, through the internet or via a local intranet. Each camera has got a unique IP address through which they are connected to a DVR or computer system. IP systems can also send images, alarm notifications and video straight to your smart phone, subsequently adding an extra dash of security by stopping a burglar or intruder from removing video evidence from a local DVR. To prevent unwanted people from viewing the footage, encryption and security has to be set up perfectly.

Cloud Based CCTV - Employs a secure encrypted gateway to record to the "cloud". Any CCTV camera system, IP or analogue, which has got internet access has the capacity to store their footage to a cloud. Typically used by security monitoring companies, these "cloud" systems will usually come with an annual or monthly payment plan (which may be determined by the amount of storage required).

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Contemporary CCTV cameras will often come equipped with built-in infrared illumination to enable use in low light conditions. Because of the dynamics of low light recording the video footage will always be a black and white version, but it will be of only a marginally lower resolution to that captured in daylight conditions. If you find your night vision resolution is not good enough for your requirements, you might be able to install specialist lamps to generate a natural light source which is more suitable for your cameras. As well as providing a bright light when any movement is detected by a camera, these security lamps can create a daylight effect for your CCTV cameras.

To avoid irritating those who live nearby or directly shining lights onto roads, you have to be mindful when using security lighting with your cameras.


Cameras that record or monitor your property don't come under the Data Protection Act except when they capture footage from a neighbouring property or a public area; no matter how modest the area covered may be. This just means that any recordings that you make are subject to the appropriate legislation, but doesn't make them illegal in any way.

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The ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) can provide guidance on your legal obligations in regards to the recording of public or neighbouring areas, which includes targeted guidelines regarding disclosure notices to the public of your use of CCTV cameras. To circumvent any problems from the legal guidelines it's best to bring in a reputable and experienced CCTV installation specialist in Guildford to install your CCTV cameras and any related products.

You will need to double check with the local authority to see whether planning permission is needed, if your house is in a conservation area, is within a national park, is listed or is in an area of scientific interest. By ensuring your lights and cameras are installed at least 2.5 metres above ground level and that they don't project from your exterior walls by more than one metre, planning permission shouldn't be needed for all other dwellings in Guildford.

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Whatever your budget you should be able to find a CCTV security system that satisfies your needs. At the cheap end of the scale this might mean just one camera to cover the front entrance, while at the top end there may be multi-camera systems with motion detecting sensors. An experienced CCTV company in Guildford will examine your individual requirements and fit a security system that matches your circumstances and needs.

A benefit of using a trusted firm is that they won't try to get you to purchase gadgets or equipment that is not really needed. A good Guildford company will give you the best level of service, from purchase through to installation and maintenance, irrespective of how much you decide to invest in your CCTV equipment. It is generally a wise idea to get a minimum of three different itemised estimates for the CCTV equipment you want to install.

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Certain premises in Guildford may require visible CCTV cameras to warn off burglars, while others may need hidden cameras. When ex-thieves were asked what is the main deterrent to them breaking into a home, they have frequently said that along with a barking dog it is highly visible, well-positioned and professionally installed CCTV camera systems.

Off-the-shelf CCTV camera equipment is of course easily available online and in electronics stores, thus you may have purchased a system already and realised that you need some assistance with setting it up. Most CCTV installers in and around Guildford will still set up your camera equipment, even if you acquired it from an independent supplier. Whatever size and model of CCTV system you might have purchased, they will have the expertise and knowledge to swiftly and effectively get it installed.


The British Standard for CCTV systems is BS EN 62676, therefore it's recommended that you check whether any equipment installed in and around your Guildford home has this standard mark. This British Standard mark states how well a CCTV camera system is supposed to function and offers guidelines on its installation to security specialists. CCTV equipment can be fitted that does not have the British Standards mark, however the quality and reliability won't have been evaluated and you might not have recourse after installation if it doesn't meet your high expectations.

To ensure you're using a respectable CCTV installation company you should watch out for membership or affiliation with an accredited trade body within the industry. The principal trade bodies to look for are:

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The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) - Only Great Britain's most trusted fire safety, CCTV and security companies are approved by the National Security Inspectorate. The membership application process for the National Security Inspectorate is exacting and includes demonstrations of a firm's ability to maintain, design and install a variety of CCTV, fire and security systems. They must also show that installation equipment, training records, vehicle suitability, staff vetting, insurances, and also company premises' suitability, are all covered by the stringent standards of their codes of practice. Members of the NSI are acknowledged across the UK by the three emergency services, and insurance companies, as holding the highest quality of standards in the fire and security industry.

The British Security Industry Association - The BSIA (British Security Industry Association) is a trade organisation which represents security sector in the British Isles. All its registered members must adhere to the security industry's Codes of Practice, British Standards for CCTV and security installations and conform to ISO 9000 regulations.

Secure By Design - Created with the aim of crime reduction throughout the United Kingdom, the SBD (Secured by Design) is a government backed police security initiative. SBD partner with a huge number of installers, designers, architects and builders throughout the country, to enhance the physical security of both commercial and residential properties.

The Security Institute (SI) - The trade organisation that has the biggest membership of security technicians and contractors is called the Security Institute (SI). By advocating best practices and guaranteeing the competency of its associates, it sets high standards for its four thousand or more members in all the diverse areas of the security industry.

It is said that a high percentage of homeowners see endorsements from family and friends as the most reliable resource before buying any product, or accessing any service, therefore if you have a member of their family or a friend who's recently had a CCTV system installed, you can ask for a recommendation or reference. Favourable word of mouth endorsements are preferred by most people in Guildford (over 80 percent according to research), so if you are aware of a friend or family member who's had CCTV installed, see if they're prepared to recommend someone. It is still a good idea to get at least 3 quotes from various tradesmen in the area, even when somebody you know has recommended a specific CCTV company.

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You should be able to access CCTV specialists in Guildford, and adjacent areas like: Woodbridge Hill, Artington, Burpham, Bellfields, Farncombe, West Clandon, Albury, Compton, Stoughton, Onslow Village, Sutton Green, Merrow, Wood Street Village, Peasmarsh. Areas with postcodes like GU1 1RY, GU1 1JU, GU1 1QY, GU1 1QH, GU1 1JZ, GU1 1DT, GU1 1AU, GU1 1QW, GU1 1HG, GU1 1RH are also covered. Guildford CCTV installers will generally have the telephone dialling code 01483 and the postcode GU1. Verifying this can ensure you are accessing a local CCTV installer. Guildford people can benefit from these CCTV services.

Dummy/Fake CCTV Cameras Guildford

To help prevent crime or discourage thieves, there are plenty of available options, and you could perhaps put up a few fake/dummy CCTV cameras if you cannot really afford, or don't want to go to the extreme of installing a comprehensive security system. Dummy CCTV cameras are considerably cheaper than the real thing, and you could benefit from having dummy/fake CCTV cameras fitted, whether you are a business or home owner in Guildford. The fake cameras which are available to purchase these days are incredibly realistic, and they're difficult to distinguish from the genuine product for all but the most untrained eye.

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We're often told that a determined criminal will rarely be duped by a fake device and that it is only the opportunist burglar who'll be put off by this type of deterrent. Nonetheless, a dummy camera is a lot better than no camera at all, and should unquestionably make your property less appealing than a completely unshielded one. And, when considering the point that a fair proportion of the crimes committed in Guildford are undoubtedly opportunist, the benefits are hard to dispute.

The majority of burglars in Guildford, or anyplace else in Surrey, favour an easy target, and if you can make them think twice about breaking into your home, there is a pretty good chance that they'll go elsewhere to find easier pickings.

Available in all sizes and shapes, for both inside and outside use, fake CCTV cameras can be purchased for as little as £6 up to £40 or more for sophisticated reproductions.

CCTV and Data Protection

If your new CCTV system will capture video footage and images of a public street, a next door neighbours' garden, an alley, or anywhere beyond your property perimeter in Guildford, it will be subject to the current data protection laws for the UK, and these need to be followed closely.

You are not actually breaking the law by doing this, although the law sees you as a "data controller" in these circumstances, and you'll have to meet the legal responsibilities as set down in the Data Protection Act.

You must show that you're recording such images in a way that wholly conforms to the data protection legislation, and at the same time respects the rights of anybody whose activities or movements you are capturing.

If your cameras are collecting pictures outside of your property boundary:

  • You should only use the system for your stated purpose, and not permit family members or others to misuse it.
  • You must put up clear signage to let people know that you are using CCTV and capturing images.
  • You should, if asked, explain your rationale for capturing these pictures.
  • You should not capture more footage than is necessary to accomplish your purpose.
  • You should only keep recorded footage for the time that it's necessary, and when it is no longer needed, delete it frequently.
  • You should keep safe and ensure the security of any captured pictures.
  • You should have a justifiable and obvious basis for capturing such pictures.
  • You must, within a month of being asked, erase recorded images of a particular person.
  • You should respond to subject access requests (SARs) made by any individual.

Does CCTV Help Prevent Crime in Guildford?

"Do CCTV cameras help to prevent crime?" Is a question that is frequently asked when considering both home and business security. Most people in the know would say yes, they certainly do. Various research has been conducted in the UK to discover whether this is the case, and the outcome has been fairly interesting.

The 2 situations that are most likely to discourage a burglary are CCTV cameras and barking dogs, based on research done by a reputable insurance company who literally interviewed former burglars. It seems that the main concern when contemplating a crime is to avoid any break-in that's likely to attract attention to the offender.

Also the topic of a College of Policing report, CCTV surveillance cameras in both public and private settings were indeed found to significantly decrease the likelihood of criminal activity. It was estimated that on average 16% of criminal activity was prevented by CCTV cameras, and these figures were based upon forty one independent studies. The reductions were even greater with regards to crime on vehicles, where an extraordinary 23% drop was reported. When the cameras in question are actually monitored, this impact is apparently even more striking.

It is thought that criminals are mainly put off by:

  • The awareness that their likelihood of being caught is increased.
  • The fact that possible victims are taking additional precautions.
  • The encouraged public use of an area.
  • The actual risk of being arrested.

Can CCTV Lower the Cost of my Home Insurance?

We are regularly asked about this, and the answer we typically give is "No". A tiny discount may be offered by certain insurance firms, where CCTV is installed, but usually only when it's being used in conjunction with an intruder alarm or more elaborate security system. A lot of insurance firms will not even offer you a discount for a burglar alarm unless it's professionally installed, which is naturally the most expensive option.

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The principal factors that determine the price of your home insurance is the level of contents insurance you require, the house value and your postcode. Actually, the predominant factor is the rate of crime in your area.

The fact remains that the majority of properties in Guildford still haven't got CCTV, and if you look at this from the insurers viewpoint, they may wonder why you are choosing to fit cameras. It could be that there's been increased criminal activity in your area and you're taking extra precautions - this might be seen as an increased risk by insurers.

When all is said and done, the real reasons for installing CCTV ought to be that it deters burglars, it increases your sense of security and it provides evidence in the event of a break-in or offence.

Guildford's Most Popular CCTV Brands

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CCTV Guildford - Dome Cameras

One of the choices that you will have to make when you are looking at a CCTV security system for your business or home in Guildford, is what sort of cameras to purchase. A dome camera is one of the styles that you might consider, and we will be looking at these in more depth in this section. Dome cameras are among the most favoured styles of CCTV camera on the market today, and they have a genuine edge over other CCTV cameras in that they can either be installed on the ceiling or on the wall. These can go largely unnoticed in out-of-reach places, clear of the risk of damage or vandalism.

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For small business owners in Guildford, security is obviously a major consideration and if you happen to be the manager or owner of a convenience store, a cafe or a salon, dome cameras could prove to be particularly beneficial. Seeing as employee theft is not out of the ordinary in Guildford, you want to keep a beady eye on your staff along with your clientele, and dome cameras are a great choice for this purpose.

As tinted glass is the norm with dome cameras, it's challenging for anyone looking at them to know exactly which direction they are pointing in. If there's something that potential criminals loathe, it's uncertainty, and dome cameras add a measure of uncertainty for any person thinking about stealing or causing mischief.

In the event of a crime taking place, dome cameras can record and store the evidence for use by the police in a court case, and therefore are a crucial security measure for your business or property in Guildford.

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Also find: Burpham CCTV installers, Peasmarsh CCTV installers, Compton CCTV installers, Bellfields CCTV installers, Albury CCTV installers, Onslow Village CCTV installers, Merrow CCTV installers, Woodbridge Hill CCTV installers, West Clandon CCTV installers, Stoughton CCTV installers, Artington CCTV installers, Wood Street Village CCTV installers, Farncombe CCTV installers, Sutton Green CCTV installation services and more. All of these villages and towns are served by companies who install CCTV. Guildford residents can get quotes by going here.

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CCTV Installation Around Guildford: Households in Collingwood Crescent, Abbot Road, The Willows, Dene Road, Thorncombe Street, Thatchers Lane, Abbotswood, Bridgehill Close, College Road, St Johns Road, Chapel House Close, The Firs, Station View, Albury Park, Carroll Avenue, Tower Hill Rise, Anston Court, Selbourne Road, Tower Hill, Tynley Grove, Broadacres, Dagley Lane, Downsview Court, Speedwell Close, Saffron Platt, St Michaels Avenue, Snowdenham Links Road, Dynevor Place, Bargate Court, have needed CCTV installation just recently. Home security work was also undertaken in these local Guildford postcodes: GU1 1RY, GU1 1JU, GU1 1QY, GU1 1QH, GU1 1JZ, GU1 1DT, GU1 1AU, GU1 1QW, GU1 1HG, GU1 1RH. Work was carried out in these areas by experts in CCTV. Guildford home and property owners enjoyed the benefits of high quality and dependable CCTV services in every case.

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(This CCTV Guildford article was last updated on 24-01-2023)