With the advancement of modern technology, the cost of security installation has become far more accessible for many.
For just a reasonable amount of money, you can get a good quality CCTV system installed.
However, with more options than ever for different types of camera systems, it may be difficult to figure out how much you should be paying.
This article will cover how much you can expect to pay for an electrical safety certificate, factors that affect the cost and other things to look out for.
Average CCTV Installation Costs
We received quotes from 37 different suppliers for quotes on the supply and installation of a CCTV system. Prices exclude VAT.
|CCTV Supply & Fit||Average||Typical Range|
|2 Camera System - Budget Quality||£500||£350 - £650|
|2 Camera System - Average Quality||£550||£400 - £700|
|2 Camera System - High Quality||£600||£450 - £750|
|4 Camera System - Budget Quality||£750||£600 - £900|
|4 Camera System - Average Quality||£850||£700 - £1000|
|4 Camera System - High Quality||£950||£800 - £1100|
|8 Camera System - Budget Quality||£1250||£1100 - £1400|
|8 Camera System - Average Quality||£1450||£1300 - £1600|
|8 Camera System - High Quality||£1650||£1500 - £1800|
It’s important to note that the figures quoted can far exceed the typical range. For example, we received quotes of up to £1500 for a 2-camera system installation.
A good rule of thumb is to use a baseline of £500 for a budget, two-camera system and add £100 – £125 for each camera installed.
In terms of what consists of a budget, average and high-quality system, here are the specifications below. We will cover what each constitutes in more detail within the factors section if you’re not as tech-savvy.
- Budget Quality: 2MP (megapixel) / 1080p resolution / 4 channel DVR with 1 TB hard drive
- Average Quality: 5MP (megapixel) / 2K resolution / 4 channel DVR with 2 TB hard drive
- High Quality: 8MP (megapixel) / 4K resolution / 4 channel DVR with 2 TB hard drive
Factors That Affect the Cost of Installing CCTV
Quality of System
There are a number of different specifications to be aware of for both the CCTV cameras themselves, DVR (digital video recording) and any accessories. The higher the specs, the higher the cost. The main ones to note are:
- Image Quality in Megapixels (MP): this determines the quality of the image. 2MP is the fairly standard nowadays. 5MP is at the upper end. It’s best not to get anything less than 1080p such as 720p as the image quality won’t be sharp enough to see important features like faces.
- Hard Drive Size in Terabytes (TB): the hard drive size is measured in TB (terabytes) and determines how long you can record for. The number of cameras and quality of the cameras determines how much storage you need. For example, 5MP cameras use more disk space than 2MP cameras). 1TB of hard drive space is usually enough for the basic 2 camera system.
- DVR (Digital Video Recorder): the standard set up is a 4 channel recording box. There are various brands available and different contractors prefer different brands, which affects their cost.
CCTV System Accessories
There are also a number of additional features you can include within your system that will add an additional cost. The most popular ones include:
- Built-in audio
- Online storage
- Night vision
- Monitor (+ £125)
Remote viewing (via a mobile app or just desktop) tends to be standard with most installations. However, there may be options to view via the cloud or directly. If you want to view directly, this is more private but is more complicated to set up.
Indoor or Outdoor Cameras
If CCTV cameras are placed outside, then they will need to use a weatherproof material and hence, cost more. Weather resistance is measured via an IP rating, which measures how effective the material is at stopping foreign bodies like dirt and moisture entering.
Length of Cable Runs
Cable runs are required to connect up the system. If cameras are placed far apart from each other, more cabling is required and this will increase the cost. If there are any access issues within the property or site this can also add to the costs of cable runs.
Sorting out the cabling is usually the most time-consuming activity and will contribute most to the labour costs. Therefore, a CCTV installation company will most likely need to send an engineer to your property to assess the cable runs and probable time to complete the install.
Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere.
If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top. Although there are plenty of companies that set up CCTV alarms across the UK, you may need to look further afield if you live in more rural areas.
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