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How Much Does a CCTV System Cost to Install?

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If you’re looking to keep track of what’s happening in and around your home, a video surveillance system is the way to go. Whether you want to know that your kids are home from school safely, or you’d like to have peace of mind while traveling, a video surveillance system allows you to view the inside (or outside!) of any room whether you’re near or far.

So, how much does a CCTV system cost to install?

The average cost is about $1,500. This price will vary depending on the type of equipment, the size of the system, as well as a few other factors.

Here are some additional price factors that can influence the overall cost:

  • Type of installation: DIY vs. professional 
  • Security needs & number of cameras 
  • Type of cameras: Inside vs. outside
  • System monitoring

With so many video surveillance systems on the market, it’s not always easy to know exactly how much a CCTV system will cost you, but we’re here to break it down.


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Price Factor #1: Type of installation

As a general rule, DIY installation is cheaper than professional installation

However, while DIY installation may be cheaper upfront, you could end up paying more when all is said and done. For example, if the wrong equipment is purchased or if the system is installed incorrectly, you’ll likely have to pay more to have it fixed. 

Hiring a professional means paying for the training, tools, expertise, and industry-related licenses required to do the work correctly. Also, professional installers generally install higher-quality products that they know will be trouble-free for years to come.

 

Price Factor #2: Security needs & number of cameras 

The size of your home or business and your security needs play a big role when determining the overall cost of installation. The more area you want to cover (and how in-depth you want to cover it) will determine the number and type of cameras required. 

The more cameras you have, the higher your installation costs will be. For larger areas, you might also need higher quality cameras with better resolution and field of vision. Areas with unique angles or strange lighting can create a need for different types of cameras that provide increased resolution, night vision, motion detection, and other upgrades, for example.

On top of the equipment price, each camera will range between $100 to $200 for professional installation.

 

Price Factor #3: Type of cameras

Indoor cameras typically cost less than outdoor cameras, as they’re typically smaller, don't need to be weatherproof, and often have a limited range and resolution. Cameras used outside the home often require better visibility and durability, both of which deter potential criminal activity. 

Placement determines essential equipment upgrades like wide-angle lenses, night vision, weatherproofing, and concealment. More cameras with higher resolution will require larger DVRs and NVRs. By consulting with a licensed professional installer, you’ll have a better understanding of what you’ll need and where you’ll need it. 

 

Price Factor #4: System monitoring

Monitoring services add an additional layer of protection to your home security system and range from $30 to $65 monthly with initial setup fees ranging from $0 to $200. Yes, companies that offer remote CCTV or security feed monitoring are able to view your cameras, but they do put privacy safeguards in place. Smart cameras and motion detection is used to ensure your privacy is protected. If the motion detectors identify a potential threat, a control center is notified and authorities will be called. Keep in mind, this service isn’t part of ordinary home security monitoring.

Most current monitored systems are wireless and provide smart home features, like remote lighting, heating, and even door lock controls. For this additional monthly charge, your home will be monitored 24 hours a day, alerting you and the authorities to any disturbance, including fires.

At Ackerman, our trained specialists keep an eye on your home 24/7 and alert the authorities as soon as an emergency happens. In the unlikely event that you're burglarized under our monitoring, we'll continue to protect you—by paying you double your loss.


Rest easy knowing your home and family are protected by the most advanced video cameras and surveillance equipment in the industry. With Ackerman, you’ll get the protection and security you and your family deserve. 

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