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How Much Does a Home Surveillance System Cost?

The average cost to install a home surveillance system ranges from $800 to $1500. This includes 3-5 camera system, a digital video recorder, and all installation labor and setup costs.
Updated: 01/04/2018
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The cost of installing a surveillance camera security system will depend on:

1. The number of cameras. How many cameras do you want to install? Most residential systems include at least three cameras.

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2. Camera features. There is a wide variety of surveillance cameras available. With so many options, it can difficult to choose the right equipment. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding which cameras to purchase:
  • How is the video quality? High-definition cameras are typically more expensive, but the video resolution is much better.
  • Do the cameras also record audio?
  • How will the cameras work when it's dark? Do they have night vision technology?
  • Are the cameras motion-activated or do they run continuously?
  • Do the cameras require batteries or can they be plugged in?
  • Is it important to have wireless (over wired) cameras?
  • Are the cameras wifi-enabled? This means you can access the video feed remotely from your computer or smartphone.
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3. How the video footage is stored. Will the video be stored locally on a memory card or digital video recorder? Or, would you prefer to have the video stored in the cloud? There may be a monthly fee for storing the recorded footage online.

4. Where the surveillance cameras are located. You may choose to install cameras inside and outside of your home. Outdoor surveillance cameras are specially designed to withstand the elements. In some cases, they may be slightly more expensive than their indoor counterparts.

5. Installation and setup fees. Individuals with some DIY experience may be able to install a surveillance system on their own. Hiring a professional to install your surveillance system is also a great option! A home security professional will work with you to design the right system for your home.

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