Commercial CCTV Installation Costs: your straight-talking guide

Date: 15th December 2023
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Navigating the intricacies of commercial CCTV installation costs is tricky. Especially if you feel like your security provider sees you as a barcode rather than a valued business partner. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone...

As a busy business owner, you have enough on your plate. Sifting through industry jargon and nasty hidden costs is no fun. You deserve a straight-talking guide. And that's precisely what this blog is.

It's not just your premises you're protecting

Isn't it true? The very essence of your business lies in your premises. It’s not just brick and mortar; it's a symbol of your dreams, hard work and ambition. Protecting it isn't merely about installing cameras; it's about safeguarding your future.

So how do you ensure top-notch CCTV without breaking the bank?

Commercial CCTV installation costs: understanding the price tag

Your commercial CCTV system costs 'depend'... They can range from a few hundred pounds for a simple system right up to many thousands to protect a huge building. Factors such as the type of cameras, your camera's quality and resolution and the amount of system customisation play a crucial part in determining the final outlay.

The conundrum of a customised solution

Every business has its unique requirements. A small satellite office in town has different security needs to a vast warehouse on an industrial estate. Then you must factor in building characteristics, office layout and your specific operational requirements.

An out-of-the-box solution is usually inadequate. The vast majority of businesses need a bespoke approach. But remember, tailored doesn't have to mean exorbitantly expensive. It's about striking the right balance between your budget and ensuring you get what you genuinely need.

Additional costs you probably won't consider...

Commercial CCTV costs are not just about the initial installation. Maintenance costs, potential upgrade requirements and human error issues add up. Of course, your tiny satellite office will require fewer cameras and lower initial costs than your HQ. But you still need to consider regular upkeep, software updates and occasional hardware replacements over the long term.

Making the right choice rather than taking the easy option

It's crucial. This is where technical knowledge meets human experience. And again why your site survey, from a professional security company is so important.

Sure, you could go for the cheap solution OR, on the other hand, the most advanced system on the market.

But which is right for you?
And what about after-sales service? Support and training?

Choosing a smaller local supplier will offer a more personal service. Whereas with a large national company you can get lost in the weeds and red tape!

Remember, your CCTV system is not just about the cameras and cables; it's about building a lasting relationship with a provider who listens and genuinely understands your needs.

Your Site Survey is crucial

Without a site survey your security provider is guessing. And that's not good enough.

It all starts by listening… we have two ears and one mouth for a reason!!

We need to establish: the unique vulnerabilities and critical risks of your premises (e.g. maybe your unprotected side entrance). And your specific operational requirements. Then there's your budget too...

Balancing these ensures that when your system is installed and commissioned it does what you need it to do. While your planned maintenance ensures it keeps on doing it. Without it costing you an arm and a leg!

If this step is missed out, you will be disappointed.

Building TRUST with your CCTV installer

Trust is critical. Your ideal commercial CCTV provider isn't just selling you a system; they are providing ongoing support, clear communication and genuine care for your business's security and well-being.

Does your current supplier look beyond the transaction?
Is a long-term collaboration as important to them as it is to you?

Getting the basics right is how we build trust at [co_name]. It's part of our commitment to a long term business relationship. Here's what you can expect:

* Available: we WILL call you back if we're busy. You'll never be stuck, hanging on the phone with a sales rep who can't help you.
* Transparency: we quote for what you need to be compliant. No nasty surprises down the line
* Professional with the personal touch: our friendly engineers turn up on time with the tools for the job. Every time.
* Quality equipment: for minimal call outs and far fewer faults

Expect a trouble free system. How's that for great value?

Taking control of your commercial CCTV installation costs

Navigating your commercial CCTV installation costs doesn’t have to be daunting. Combine a clear understanding of your business’s unique vulnerabilities with a Security provider you can trust. And you’ll find a CCTV solution that not only fits your budget, protects your premises, people and assets but also helps your Responsible Person relax.

You never have to settle for being just another barcode. Or just a number…


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