I hope you had a nice break over the Christmas and New Year. I thought it might be a good time to look at CCTV camera costs in case you want to protect all of those goodies that Santa brought!!:) This article is based on survey we did recently with some tradesmen on our website. The question we asked was as follows:- “How much would it cost excluding VAT to supply and fit a good quality CCTV camera system on an average house with 4 cameras and are there any tips that you would give for the best installation?”. Here is a handful of the replies we received below:-
Adrian from Wicklow : e2000 ex vat. 4 camera 1.3MP system. The recorder should kept in a secure location. Try to get at least one camera to capture ID quality images of a person approaching the front door.
Wayne from Dublin : A 3 megapixel 4 camera system which is super quality would be around e1000 [plus installation]
Declan from Meath : For CCTV camera cost would be about e1000 for a 4 camera system with dvr. You would need good lighting to achieve the best picture from the cameras. [plus installation]
Eamonn from Meath : 2800 don’t skimp on quality because when it comes down to looking back at it you need it to do the job. No good wishing u had a better system in make them out.
Enda from Cavan : e1,450 for analogue or e2,200 for HD, 4 camera system..thanks
Derek from Dublin : Our cctv contractor usually charges us 1200 for a pre wired system and 1500 if it wasn’t.
Martin C from Dublin : 4 camera system, I.P. , mega pixel cameras , H.D. Monitor,liinked to broadband for remote monitoring circa e1400 Cheaper analogue cameras linked to broadband circa e1000.00 Always use a P.S.A licensed installer and agree function of each camera (I.e general observation/ identity of caller etc) with installer beforehand. Make sure remote viewing has strong password protection
Joseph from Dublin : CCTV camera cost – e1350+vat
Paul from Meath : If possible have the cameras looking at the house rather than from the house (better coverage) not always possible in urban areas. 4 camera system analogue with Internet access installed 1100 + vat 4 camera ip with 1.4 MP cameras 2100 + vat
John from Dublin : The price of HD equipment and IP equipment is falling everyday. I would stay away from analogue now as these two are so much better. The price depends on the amount of cabling and difficulty of installation, starting at around e1200 for 4 cams
Ian from Dublin : It depends on house, to wire and fit 4 dome cameras on a bungalow About e1350 ex vat On a 2 storey e1850
Darren from Wicklow: You would need to spend around e1,600 to supply and fit a 4 camera system , Tip is the light at night around house and the IR lights on camera
So as you can see there is a good variation in prices but the variation can often be associated with the quality of the equipment that is used. The old analogue cameras can be from €400 to €1,000 cheaper than digital but most installers would recommend going for the digital cameras which have much better resolution. Prices for digital varied from €1,200+VAT to €2,800+VAT which at 13.5% would work out at €1,362-€3,178. The average price was about €1,640+VAT or €1860 including VAT at 13.5%.
The main tips that were given were as follows:-
- The recorder should be kept in a secure location, i.e. where it can’t be nicked by the burglars.
- Try to get at least one camera to capture ID quality images of a person approaching the front door.
- Use as high a resolution as you can afford and try to get a digital system rather than analogue.
- Install good lighting for nighttime video capture.
- Always use a P.S.A licensed installer as required by law.
- Agree function of each camera (I.e general observation/ identity of caller etc) with installer beforehand.
- Make sure remote viewing has strong password protection
I hope this helps any of you who are planning to install a CCTV camera system around your home and if you want to get prices for a CCTV camera system be sure to log on to Tradesmen.ie and get up to 4 quotes from rated CCTV camera installers here
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to enter them in the comments box provided below.
10th January 2015
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