If you’re planning on installing a CCTV security system in your premises, whether domestic or business, you will have likely stumbled across IP CCTV Cameras, HD CCTV Cameras and Dummy CCTV Cameras as potential solutions to your problem. However, there are some distinct benefits and disadvantages of each type of system that you need to consider before taking the plunge. This article will try to break down these different options and help you to make your decision. Dummy Cameras Dummy CCTV Cameras only really have one advantage over the other systems; cost. Because dummy cameras are normally just plastic replicas with a flashing red light on them, and don’t actually record images, they are a lot cheaper than full systems. However, due to not being able to record or stream footage, they can only act as deterrents, which may not deter some of the bolder or more experienced criminals, who may recognise it as a fake camera. Also, if someone is in danger and relies on your dummy camera for safety, then you could be liable if that person is injured or attacked and their court case relies on your ‘footage’. Dummy CCTV Cameras can be a viable option if you live in a relatively safe area, but just want that added deterrent on your home or small business, but they should not be relied on to protect high-value properties, or places in high crime areas. HD Analogue CCTV Systems These are the more classic CCTV systems available, featuring HD CCTV Cameras wired up to a central unit, which can display footage on monitors for security personnel to survey in real time and also record the footage for playback later. An analogue system like this is vastly superior to dummy cameras due to its ability to actually receive and record images. However, this functionality obviously increases the price, meaning that if you are a smaller business, a full HD analogue system could be out of your price range. Another downside of these systems is the fact that they all need to be wired up. This can result in you having to drill through walls and floors in order to make sure that it is all hooked up correctly. Obviously if you want to add more HD CCTV Cameras down the line, you will need to carry out more work to wire them up. HD IP CCTV Systems IP CCTV Cameras function similarly to a HD system in the sense that they can display live images on monitors for personnel to monitor, as well as recording them directly onto a storage device. Due to IP systems’ increased connectivity, they can often be viewed remotely from PCs, tablets and mobile devices too, which is incredibly useful if you’re out of the premises a lot. They can also be set up using a computer, allowing you to easily record and retrieve footage. IP CCTV Cameras also often function wirelessly, removing the need to lay wires across your property like Analogue systems require. However, this increased functionality and technology means that they can often cost more than analogue systems, but due to larger availability and popularity of IP CCTV systems, they are becoming more affordable for the average consumer.