The 10 Best Security Cameras for UK Businesses in 2021

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By Rob Binns | Senior Writer | Updated: 19 January 2021

Can you put a price on peace of mind? With the right business security camera, we think you can – and it’s as low as £17.99


Crime costs businesses money. In 2019 – which, thanks to COVID-19 disruption, is just about the most recent data we have in this area – theft alone cost UK businesses around £4.8 million. Taking into account the total financial impact of crime and crime prevention to retailers, that figure’s more like £1.9 billion.

We could go on all day, but why scaremonger? You don’t need a bunch of statistics to tell you that protecting your business is important.

And the best business security cameras don’t just serve as a deterrent to burglars, thieves, and vandals. They come with big insurance benefits too, and can be vital when it comes to prosecuting offenders in court.

But not all cameras are created equal.

Whether you’re looking for a basic, budget-friendly camera ideal for a small shop, or a more comprehensive multi-camera (and multi-directional!) setup, it’s all here.

So read on, as we review our top 10 favourite commercial security cameras for 2021. We’ve broken down top features, pros and cons, and pricing – basically, everything you need to choose the right tech for your business.

Lights, camera…


1. Verisure Cloud Cam Pro

Best integrated business security camera solution

Topping our list is Verisure’s Cloud Cam Pro. Billed by the company as the ‘brave new world’ of security cameras, it’s a clever, compact device (though Huxley himself probably wouldn’t have been a fan).

Nevertheless, the Cloud Cam Pro does offer a whole new world of benefits – mainly real-time, HD footage, streamed straight to your smartphone or tablet. Verisure is also one of the only security camera suppliers listed here to offer 24/7 technical support – plus a lifetime warranty to boot.

Yet it’s not these features alone – or even the camera in and of itself – that makes Verisure worth your investment. The Cloud Cam Pro’s real value lies in its synergy with Verisure’s array of innovative security products.

The Cloud Cam Pro works best when it’s alongside the sirens, access controllers, and panic buttons that make up the rest of Verisure’s complete security package. You can combine your camera with devices that detect smoke, light, and shock, as well as when there’s been a breach of your business’s perimeter.

To find out more about the company’s range of business security services, head to our Verisure review.

Verisure Cloud Cam Pro features

  • 5m night vision
  • 1080p full HD
  • 24/7 technical support
  • Bespoke pricing

Verisure Cloud Cam Pro pricing

Verisure’s bespoke packages take into account your business’ size, budget, and unique business security needs. For an accurate quote on what the Cloud Cam Pro will cost you, contact Verisure directly. Or…

Or, you can use our free, quote-finding questionnaire to start comparing rates from leading business security camera systems, today. Here’s how it works.

Simply provide us with a few details about the type of security setup your business is looking to implement – whether that’s cameras alone, or alarms and access control, too – plus a bit of info about how soon you’ll need the system installed.

When that’s done, we’ll look to match you with one or more suppliers that fit your needs. If there’s a good fit, those providers will be in touch with you directly, to offer tailored, no-obligation security camera quotes and advice. Easy!

Pros:

  • Capable of both continuous and manual recording
  • Round-the-clock customer support
  • HD video
  • Aesthetically pleasant design will look good on your premises

X Cons:

  • Its night vision only sees up to (a relatively paltry) five metres

2. Arlo Ultra

Best wireless security camera for small businesses

Wires, while often necessary, are rarely convenient – particularly when it comes to hooking up your camera in awkward places. That’s just why we love the Arlo Ultra – our top wireless security camera pick for small businesses.

High definition video. A powerful, motion-activated spotlight. Colour night vision. What’s not to like? The Ultra also comes with a whopping six-month battery life, meaning you can forget about the stress of having to charge it regularly – just as you can forget about the hassle of those pesky wires!

The camera’s also packed with plenty of additional features. Advanced zoom allows you to pick up licence plates, words, and logos in detail, while its ‘advanced dewarping’ functionality provides clearer images – removing the awful ‘fisheye’ distortion that plagues so many cameras.

Arlo Ultra features

  • Both 1080p and 4K ultra high definition video quality available
  • 180° field of view
  • Colour night vision
  • Two-way audio, with noise-cancelling technology
  • Auto-focus and zoom
  • Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit compatible
  • Works with a security light

Arlo Ultra pricing

For a single-camera setup with 1080p high definition video, you’ll pay as little as £238. That’s if you select DIY setup, though – professional installation will cost an extra £120. For a multi-camera system, or for 4K video, you’ll pay extra.

Here’s a quick table we knocked together to give you an idea of how much your personalised Arlo Ultra business security camera system will cost you. Click the links to view each product on Amazon, and – if you’d like – shop your favourite.

1080p 4K
One-camera system £238 £389.35
Two-camera system £449 £549.95
Three-camera system £415.26 £684
Four-camera system £679 £857

At £415.26, a three-camera system clearly represents the best value, as well as some of the widest coverage – so it’s ideal if you operate a large premises. Three and four camera Arlo Ultra setups cost an extra £180 each for professional installation.

Pros:

  • Works with multiple different virtual assistants
  • Intelligent noise-cancelling technology helps you get the best out of the two-way audio function
  • Herculean battery life

X Cons:

  • It’s one of the more expensive cameras on our list, although the three-camera setup offers excellent value for money
  • Installation costs extra

3. D-Link DCS 9500T

Best camera for securing your workplace against COVID-19

The D-Link DCS 9500T offers a security camera that’s, shall we say… a little different. Marrying artificial intelligence with thermal imaging technology, this model allows you to screen your staff for cases of elevated temperature. With most UK companies still navigating the challenge of returning to the office amid a pandemic that continues to rage out of control, the DCS 9500T might be just what your business needs to adapt.

And if thermal imaging wasn’t enough for you, don’t fret – the most impressive camera in D-Link’s highly regarded repertoire wears several more hats.

It doubles as a kind of facial recognition attendance tool, enabling you to directly identify staff suffering from a fever, and intervene accordingly. You can also integrate it with your building’s access control system, allowing you to control the flow of your employees during times of restrictions.

If a truly pandemic-proof business security camera does indeed exist, this is it.

D-Link DCS 9500T features

  • Includes thermographic camera and blackbody calibrator
  • Digital I/O (input/output) alarm
  • 17 colour image modes
  • Screens up to 45 images per second
  • Stores a library of up to 10,000 facial images
  • 35° horizontal field of vision

D-Link DCS 9500T pricing

D-Link doesn’t advertise its rates for this camera online, and we think that’s because the DCS 9500T is a bespoke offering. It’ll need to be configured to the specific demands of your business and location, so it’ll be best to enquire directly with the company for a quote.

That said, this camera is a complete setup for thermal and facial recognition, which puts it in a different league to the rest of the cameras here. In other words, it won’t come cheap, and one retailer online has the DCS 9500T in the region of £12,765.99 (excl. VAT). Small businesses, avoid!

D-Link also offers a range of business security cameras that are far more wallet-friendly (but naturally much lighter on features) than this one. The DCS-932L (£17.99), DCS-4602EV (£89.99), and DCS-8600LH (£177.70) are our favourites.

Pros:

  • The camera screens up to 45 facial images per second…
  • ... and can store up to 10,000 of them!
  • Includes a free wall-mounted bracket
  • Medical-grade accuracy

X Cons:

  • Suitable for indoor usage only
  • Limited field of vision

4. Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera

Best business security camera for virtual assistant compatibility

“Hey, Google. Show me what’s happening at my office”. With the Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera – which also sports integration with IFTTT (If This Then That), plus virtual assistants from Amazon and Apple – those few words are all you’ll need to utter to start streaming real-time footage, straight from your business’s premises to your smartphone or tablet.

And when Netatmo says smart, it means it. The camera can easily differentiate between people, animals, and vehicles, and will ignore harmless movements. Better still, you can customise the notifications you receive – so your phone won’t be blowing up every time a dog decides to cross the street.

Looks-wise, Netatmo’s smart camera balances durability and design, with a sleek – yet robust – build.

It’s well-equipped to handle the elements, too, and will look good regardless of where you place it at your business’s premises. With a build that’s more reminiscent of one of Bose’s premium offerings than a typical business security camera, the Netatmo is sure to be music to your business’s ears.

Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera features

  • 1080p high definition resolution
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT technology
  • 15m infrared night vision
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Integrated smart floodlighting
  • 300° field of vision

Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera pricing

This Netatmo model retails online for £249.99, although it’s currently reduced on some sites to as little as £169.98.

Unlike with most other smart cameras (or, in fact, with any other Software-as-a-Service companies), Netatmo doesn’t charge ongoing subscription fees. You’ll just pay a single, one-time fee to purchase the camera itself.

While this is good, we’ve found that this cost-saving benefit comes with a catch – namely, Netatmo’s limited customer support. There are some online resources, and you can email the team. But if requiring phone support (or even a basic live chat service) is a sticking point for you, look elsewhere (or keep scrolling!).

Pros:

  • No subscription fees
  • Decent customer reviews online
  • Free app works with iPhones and iPads – you’ll just need iOS 10 or above
  • Mounting kit and microSD card are both included

X Cons:

  • No phone-based or live chat support available

5. Foscam FI9926P

Best security camera for small businesses

Well-suited to smaller offices with more moderate security needs, Foscam’s single-camera FI9926P is a reliable, no-frills choice. Sure, it’s not exactly reinventing the wheel for features (no thermal imaging here), but what it does, it does well. Night vision, two-way audio, privacy mode, and crystal clear video quality are all included as standard.

For the price, the camera is impressively dynamic, too. You’ll get a 300° horizontal field of vision, while the FI9926P’s 100° tilt provides a wide vertical angle, too. Foscam’s app is free, and as customisable as you need it to be. You can also set up real-time alerts for your smartphone, and choose from a range of flexible data storage options.

Thankfully, installation is a breeze, too. You can DIY the setup in just three simple steps, via Foscam’s surprisingly slick mobile app. Your box comes with a quick start guide, Ethernet cable, and all the equipment you need to get your camera wall-mounted.

Foscam FI9926P features

  • 1080p high definition
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 300° pan, 100° tilt
  • Two-way audio
  • Dual-band
  • Privacy mode
  • 10m night vision

Foscam FI9926P pricing

The Foscam FI9926P retails for just £99.99 online, making it one of the most budget-friendly business security cameras on our list.

Pros:

  • Cheap as chips!
  • Two-way audio equipped
  • Simple installation
  • UK-based technical support

X Cons:

  • The zoom quality isn’t amazing

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6. Swann Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera

Best security camera for businesses on a shoestring budget

As far as low-cost business security camera options go, you can’t do much better than this what-you-see-is-what-you-get offering from Swann. Inheriting the colour and elegance of its (almost) namesake, Swann’s wireless, 1080p high definition camera is as easy on the eye as it is on your balance sheet.

Yet Swann’s style doesn’t mean it lacks substance – the camera backs up its durable, weatherproof build (and lengthy battery life) with all the features you’d expect from models double its price. We’re talking about a 180° viewing angle, two-way audio, and compatibility with Amazon and Google’s virtual assistants.

Swann also flaunts trademarked ‘TrueDetect’ technology, which employs a mix of heat, motion, and person detection to provide you with reliable alerts when there’s activity outside your business’s premises.

This camera is also notable for being the only one to include a facial recognition – yes, facial recognition – capability for so cheap. The camera can store up to ten faces, and trigger personalised push notifications when recognised faces arrive at your premises.

Swann Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera features

  • 1080p (it’s in the name, after all!)
  • Two-way audio
  • 180° field of vision
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Heat, motion, and person detection
  • Stores up to ten faces, with in-built facial recognition functionality
  • Free cloud recording and online data backup
  • Rain, snow, and heat-proof design

Swann Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera pricing

At just £89.99, the Swann Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera is the cheapest business security camera on our top 10 list.

For this reason, we’d most recommend Swann’s single-camera setup for smaller companies or solopreneurs.

Still, there’s no reason businesses with larger premises can’t also profit from Swann’s more extensive packages. For £294.98, you can grab Swann’s four-camera deal, which also includes a DVR (digital video recorder) – with a whopping 1TB hard drive, no less – for storing your footage.

Pros:

  • Free local and cloud storage included
  • Built to last
  • Facial recognition included

X Cons:

  • Swann’s mobile app lacks the intuitiveness of its competitors
  • Limited field of vision

7. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Most feature-rich business security camera

The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor – one of the highlights of Google’s high-profile entry into the security camera space – lives up to its name. It’s smart, for one, and its 12x digital zoom and enhancement, algorithms which automatically track movement, and stunning 4K picture resolution all help make it our top pick for intelligent features.

Sure – all that plain, unadulterated functionality means that the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor doesn’t come cheap. But, with up to 15 metres of viewing range, a 360° field of vision, and a mic that comes with noise and echo suppression, you certainly get what you pay for.

You can also be sure that your video recordings stay safe. They’ll be stored in Google’s cloud, protected by a combination of AES 128-bit encryption, two-step verification, and one of the most secure connections on the internet.

As far as installation goes, you can do it yourself, or have a Nest professional come do it for you.

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor features

  • 360° field of vision
  • 15m viewing distance
  • 2×2 MIMO chip aids wifi connectivity
  • Infrared LEDs enable night vision
  • 12x digital zoom
  • 4K image resolution

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor pricing

Google’s Nest Cam IQ Outdoor costs £329. You’ll also be eligible for a £5 per month subscription fee, although this covers all the cameras at your business. Flexible payment options are available.

For a cheaper alternative that still bears the Google Nest mark of quality, you can opt for the slightly more basic version of the IQ. Available for just £135, the Nest Cam Outdoor doesn’t quite boast the same high-spec feature list as its big brother, but it should still suit small or budget-bound businesses just fine.

Pros:

  • Weatherproof and completely tamper-resistant
  • View snapshots from the previous three hours for free
  • You can choose between either event-based or continuous recording

X Cons:

  • Though it’s billed as an outdoor camera, it’ll still require an indoor power outlet to function

8. Axis P3719-PLE Network Camera

Best multi-directional business security camera

Ideal for a large interior office space, the Axis P3719-PLE is our top multi-directional business security camera pick. Sure, it’s at the pricier end of the spectrum – but, with a 360° viewing field of vision and zero blind spots, you’re actually getting four cameras in one. We could throw some more acronyms at you to describe the P3719-PLE’s fancy feature roster – IR, HD, LED, and so on – but the camera’s name alone is confusing enough. Just rest easy knowing the camera is shock and weather resistant, and that its extensive tilt and pan range means you’ll never miss a thing.

We’ll say it again – this camera isn’t cheap. If you’re looking for a cut-price security solution that’ll be effective in the short-term, opt for something from Swann or Foscam – not this one.

But – and there’s a big but – the Axis P3719-PLE will save you money in the long run. 

Like we said, it’s four cameras in one – one installation, one licence fee, one IP address, one cable… but four cameras! If you’re happy with the greater initial outlay, and just want the best multi-directional security camera a business can buy, this is the one to pick.

Axis P3719-PLE Network Camera features

  • 1440p video resolution
  • 30fps (frames-per-second) frame rate
  • 15m infrared night vision
  • 100° angle of rotation
  • 1024MB ROM capacity
  • 512MB Flash memory

Axis P3719-PLE Network Camera pricing

This camera is available to purchase online for £1,485.63 (+£50 shipping). That makes it one of the most expensive business security cameras on the market, up there with the Panasonic and Sony models still to come (though still nowhere in the region of that D-Link thermal imaging setup, don’t worry!).

Pros:

  • Comes with a five-year warranty…
  • …and a 30-day refund if you’re not happy
  • Trustworthy brand
  • Simple ceiling placement

X Cons:

  • Its steep price point will alienate tighter budgets

9. Panasonic WV-S6130

Most dynamic security camera for businesses

One of the most recognisable names in electronics (full stop!), Panasonic – unsurprisingly – produces one of the most versatile, high-quality lines of business security cameras out there. This one’s our favourite.

Dynamic and reactive, the WV-S6130 automatically adjusts to movement or changes, helping keep distortion and blurring – not to mention your bandwidth – to a minimum. It also shoots in colour at night, in full 1080p HD, with a silky pan/tilt movement for maximum coverage.

Panasonic WV-S6130 features

  • 60fps frame rate
  • 1080p screen resolution
  • Colour night vision
  • End-to-end system encryption
  • 350° panning range

Panasonic WV-S6130 pricing

The WV-S6130 currently retails online for £1,411.11 (excl. VAT).

Pros:

  • Impressive panning range provides an almost complete field of vision
  • Crystal clear, distortion-free image clarity

X Cons:

  • Brackets for ceiling or wall mounting aren’t included
  • Setting it up yourself can be a headache – we’d recommend insisting on professional installation!

10. Sony SNC-VB642D

Best business security camera for night vision

Could we have Panasonic here without its greatest rival Sony? Of course not. Still, regardless of the big brand name that precedes it, the (inhales) SNC-VB642D is forward-thinking and feature-rich enough to make this list on its own merits.

Forgetting for a second about the price point (which sits with the Panasonic, Axis, and D-Link models at the pointier end of the scale), the SNC-VB642D still offers plenty of value for money. The camera counts image stabilisation, advanced infrared technology, and high frame rate recording among its impressive span of services. And, with its durable, weather-resistant casing and classic ‘bullet’ design, you know the SNC-VB642D means business.

Oh, and there’s no escaping a review of this jewel in the crown of Sony’s V-Series without mentioning what we reckon is its finest feature – its night vision.

This camera can pick out objects in pitch darkness at an incredible distance of 100 metres away. ‘Nuff said!

Sony SNC-VB642D features

  • 60fps frame rate
  • 100m night vision
  • 6° to 105.3° horizontal viewing angle
  • 1° to 56.9° vertical viewing angle
  • Android and iOS compatible
  • In-built motion and facial detection
  • 12x total zoom ratio

Sony SNC-VB642D pricing

You can get your hands on this one for £1,361.25. That puts the SNC-VB642D in the ballpark of business security cameras from Panasonic and Axis, but means it's far more expensive than those from Netatmo, Arlo, and Google Nest.

Pros:

  • Vandal-resistant
  • PoE (Power over Ethernet) allows you to save on cable costs and space
  • Adjustable sunshade protects the camera’s lens from wear and tear
  • Shipping is included

X Cons:

  • It’s on the expensive side

Next steps

Still not sure which business security camera is right for the specific needs of your premises? Let’s recap our top 10, and why they’re here:

  • Verisure Cloud Cam Pro: Our best integrated business security camera solution – use it with Verisure’s sharp set of alarm and access control tools for maximum results.
  • Arlo Ultra: An impressive wireless camera with a titanic battery life.
  • D-Link DCS 9500T: A comprehensive – yet budget-busting – thermal imaging and facial recognition setup, ideal for navigating the pandemic-induced uncertainties of 2021 and beyond.
  • Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera: A good-looking, low-cost security camera with excellent virtual assistant compatibility.
  • Foscam FI9926P: An affordable, no-frills security camera well-suited to surveilling small office spaces.
  • Swann Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera: Our top pick for value, with its bargain basement price point belying its eye-catching array of features.
  • Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: The most innovative camera we found for UK businesses. What more would you expect from Google?
  • Axis P3719-PLE Network Camera: On the pricey side, but justifiably so. It’s four cameras in one, after all!
  • Panasonic WV-S6130: A versatile, dynamic camera with a wide field of vision, although its larger price tag will mean it’s not for everyone.
  • Sony SNC-VB642D: A streamlined, bullet-shaped camera that can spot things up to 100 metres away – at night!

These cameras are our top 10, based on in-depth research and analysis. We’ve tried to choose cameras that reflect a range of business sizes and types, but we’re aware the above models may not necessarily represent the best choice for you.

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FAQs

Do you need permission to install a business security camera?

Yes. Before setting up your camera, you should register with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and complete a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA).

This is to help you identify and eliminate any potential risks to data protection before going ahead with installing your business’s new security camera.

Is security camera footage admissible in court?

Essentially, yes – footage from your business’ security camera is admissible in court, in the event that you decide to press charges against a vandal or thief. However, in order to constitute evidence, the video footage must comply with strict regulations. Let’s discuss.

What laws pertain to business security cameras in the UK, and how do I comply?

Wherever there are cameras, there is data. And wherever there is data, there is the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

Introduced in 2018, the GDPR lays out a few broad principles that apply to many different aspects of data protection. Regarding business security camera footage, you can interpret the GDPR as follows:

Be transparent

You need to let people know they’re being recorded if they could be in your camera’s line of sight. For the public, you can achieve this with a simple sticker on your premises’ window, or with a basic sign.

You’ll also need to disclose to your employees if you’re filming them, which should be clearly explained in your privacy policy.

Restrict access to footage

It’s vital that only employees with the right permissions should be allowed access to your business’ security camera footage. Control the amount of logins your camera’s accompanying software allows, and double-check with your chosen provider that the requisite levels of encryption are in place.

Clearly state your reasons for filming

The GDPR requires that any business wishing to capture footage of individuals must clearly lay out its reasons for doing so. Wanting to spy on your employees isn’t enough; ensuring the safety of your staff and the public is.

Delete any video that you no longer need

The GDPR takes a firm stance against the possession of personal data after it’s no longer necessary. In most cases, this is 90 days, so it’s wise to ensure that you’re not holding onto footage past this point.

Businesses that fail to comply with GDPR law face severe fines. If you have doubts about your current process for handling data, or how installing a security camera might affect your business’s data protection efforts, seek legal assistance.

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How much does a business security camera cost?

Business security cameras vary greatly in price. And, unsurprisingly, you usually get what you pay for.

The very cheapest you can expect to pay is about £17.99, for the D-Link DCS-932L. For better specs, features, and durability, you’ll of course need to invest a bit more, and we found most workable business security cameras tend to fall between £100 and £500 per unit.

Spending more than £1,000 will get you a premium security camera – the above models from Axis and Sony come to mind here – while, as we’ve seen, anything involving thermal imaging will be in the range of £10,000 or more.

What features should I look for in a business security camera?

Since you’ve made it this far, we’re guessing you already have a pretty good idea of the kind of functionality the right security cameras should offer. Of course, it’s unlikely you’ll need every feature under the sun, and it’s important to navigate an equilibrium between your business’s needs and its budget.

With that in mind, there’s a handful of core features we’d recommend to all businesses:

Two-way audio

This feature allows the camera to pick up noise from its surrounding environment, via an in-built microphone.

You’ll also be able to talk ‘through’ the camera, enabling communication between you and that lovely balaclava-clad gentleman standing in your business’s car park.

Optical zoom

You don’t have to be an avid shutterbug to know what the ‘zoom’ function does. Less known, though, is the difference between digital zoom and its optical counterpart.

We won’t bore you with the details. Basically, digital zoom compromises image quality. As you zoom in, the centre of the image gets bigger, but at the expense of the outer edges of the image, which are cut away.

Optical zoom lenses don’t suffer from the same issue, and you’ll find that most professional cameras – including the best of the security variety – have one.

Along with the type of zoom lens, you should also be able to see in a camera’s specs what level of magnification it can achieve: the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, for instance, has a 12x digital zoom, while the Foscam FI9926P boasts 4x optical zoom.

The bottom line? Choose a camera with optical zoom for premium picture quality, along with a lens that offers at least 4x image enlargement.

Night vision distance

Okay, so almost every security camera worth its salt should be able to see in the dark. It’s made possible by infrared technology, the same tech that powers thermal imaging devices (like that snazzy D-Link model we saw earlier), and – for obvious reasons – is crucial for maximising the security of your premises.

However, what you need to look for isn’t just the night vision itself – it’s how far your camera can actually see in the dark. With some cameras, that’s as limited as five metres; with Sony’s SNC-VB642D, it’s as far as 100 metres. Certain cameras even offer colour night vision as an added bonus!

How do you install a security camera at your business’s premises?

Most business security camera providers will offer some kind of installation service, though in many cases this will cost you extra.

If this fee is one you’d prefer to avoid, you can set up your camera yourself. We don’t always recommend this, and the ease with which you can self-install will differ greatly between providers (and will have a lot to do with the cost and complexity of the camera).

Can I use a security camera intended for home use on my business’s premises?

Sure, why not? It can be a great cost-saver – particularly if you’re a small business, with a more modest amount of space to surveil.

That said, we wouldn’t recommend this approach for larger premises. Bigger companies will be better served by a more holistic security system – one that includes not only cameras, but alarms, sensors, and access control devices, too.

Verisure, ADT, and SECOM all supply packages of this nature. We’d recommend contacting them directly for rates, or utilising our free, 30-second quote-finding form to receive bespoke quotes from leading business security system providers.

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The monetisation of Expert Market never affects the impartiality of our reviews and selections, and it never will. The links you see enable us to retain our editorial independence, retain the finest business and tech writers around, and – most importantly – keep our content free, forever. Hope you enjoyed!

Rob Binns Expert Market
Rob Binns Senior Writer

Rob writes mainly about the payments industry, but also brings to the table industry-specific knowledge of CRM software, business loans, fulfilment, and invoice finance. When not exasperating his editor with bad puns, he can be found relaxing in a sunny (socially-distanced) corner, with a beer and a battered copy of Dostoevsky.

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