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How Much Does it Cost to Install Home Security Surveillance Cameras?

Installing a security system in your home is one of the best ways to prevent crimes such as home invasions and burglaries, and some of the most integral components of a security system are security cameras. In the past, security cameras were often large, bulky and expensive, and to make matters worse, the image quality they presented was often poor. Today, however, security cameras are easier than ever to install, and many are affordable on virtually any budget. If you're considering installing security cameras in your home or business, check out the tips below:

National Install a Surveillance Camera Costs

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National Install a Surveillance Camera Costs
Average reported cost $1,438
Number of Cost Profiles 1250 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $3,500
Most homeowners spent between: $1,013 to $1,659

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Choosing the Right Security Cameras

Before you create an installation plan, it's important to consider the features that you expect to get out of your security cameras. Do you want color or black and white images? Do you plan to install outdoor cameras, indoor cameras or both? Are you planning to record the footage from your cameras or just monitor it? The answers to these questions will help you find the right security cameras for your specific needs.

Cost of Installing Security Cameras

As far as the cost of security cameras on their own, basic models are available for as little as $30 while feature-rich models can cost hundreds. Many security cameras come as a part of a package, and these packages typically include multiple cameras, recording systems and monitors. Many packages are available for under $100, but some can cost thousands. If you purchase a wireless security camera, the installation process is relatively easy and inexpensive, but if you purchase cameras that need to be hardwired, installation may be more difficult and pricey. In some cases, you may need to drill large holes in your walls or ceilings, and special tools may need to be purchased to complete the installation properly and safely.

Hire a Professional

Another option is to hire a security professional to take care of the installation for you. One of the main benefits of doing this is that you may be able to receive better equipment at a lower price when you sign a monitoring contract. Additionally, many security monitoring companies offer free installation of security cameras and systems when you agree to a contract term. If this isn't the case, installation may cost around $100, but depending on the size of your home or business and the number of cameras being installed, it might cost more.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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