One of the most common questions we are asked almost daily goes along the lines of ‘I want to install a security system at my property, which one would be better – video security or intruder alarm?’. Our answer to this is almost invariably the classic 'well, it depends', which elicits a collective groan from our clients, but it is true. In this short article we just wanted to have a quick look at the main ‘pros and cons’ of each system and give our recommendation at the end.
The key advantage of a video security system is that it provides a strong deterrence effect and can also catch an intruder ‘in the act’. The system can be set to track motion, focus on faces and run analytics software to assess the level of threat. The downside, which is unfortunately often overlooked, is that your top-notch 4K CCTV system with all the latest ‘bells and whistles’ may come to naught if the intruder was simply wearing a facemask. Off course, you will end up with a high-quality and good-resolution video footage of your property getting robbed (perhaps if you add a touch of epic music you can turn it into a decent beginning of a thriller) but it will be of no use either to yourself or to the police (apart from the thriller entertainment effect).
By contrast, burglar alarms are designed to provide an immediate response to any attempted intrusion as well as a good deterrence factor. All that is good, but unless your burglar alarm system is monitored its effectiveness largely depends on your ability or willingness of your neighbours to call out the police to investigate. The sad trend of the recent years is that the chances are, your neighbours will only call the police when they are fed up with listening to the blaring sounder, which gives the intruder (with steady nerves) at least 20-30 minutes to carefully choose what he wants before leaving undetected.
To address the “weak spots” of each system, you can instead choose to use a ‘hybrid solution’, which now may come in many forms and shapes. For example, you can have a motion detection alarm system with in-built security cameras. When triggered, it will first send you a picture/video footage of the intruder to verify whether this is a threat (which also minimises the number of false alarms). If you do not respond within a set time, it will automatically trigger the alarm and notify the police (or the monitoring centre). Alternatively, you can get a CCTV system with smart software that will send an instant video transmission to the central station in case of intrusion,
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