Off-The-Shelf Or Bespoke?

Given the choice between a pair of shoes made specifically to the measurements of your feet, or a pair of cheap shoes from a market stall, we’d all prefer the bespoke option if cost wasn’t an issue. The fact is though, that cost does matter and it is one of the major factors in making purchase decisions.  It’s worth remembering that old adage “buy cheap, buy twice”, because there is some truth in it.  Buying the cheap shoes may be more cost effective right now, but they’ll wear out quickly and could even lead to musculoskeletal problems if they are not well made; so in the long run you’ll not only be buying a replacement pair of shoes sooner, but you could be left with extra problems you hadn’t anticipated at the time of the purchase decision.  With hindsight, you might wish you had spent a little more money and bought the bespoke shoes.

There’s parity between this hypothetical shoe decision and the decision of what type of CCTV system to purchase.  In the short term, you want cameras to cover your premises; just like in the short term you want shoes to cover your feet.  In the long term, however, you want that footage to be useable, you want the cameras to be pointing in the right directions and to be compliant with privacy laws; you also want the system to be easy to use.  It’s worth, then, investing a bit more money at this stage to ensure that you end up with a system that’s fit for purpose and doesn’t need lots of extra investment over time as this could end up being more expensive in the long run.

Let’s take the example of putting a CCTV camera covering your driveway.  The cheap option is to buy an off-the-shelf camera and install it on the outside of your house pointing towards the road so it covers the driveway.  You check the footage and you can clearly see your car and even make out the exact colour.  What happens at night?  Does the camera record well in the dark?  Can you make out the number plate of the car (even in the day?) and tell what make it is?  Are you also recording footage of people on the pavement?

You will probably find that the footage from a cheap camera isn’t good enough to discern the badge of a car or read the number plate.  You may also discover that the footage is no good as evidence if your car gets stolen.  You may notice that the footage recorded at night is terrible, and if you are recording people walking along the pavement you are breaking privacy laws.  In the worst case scenario, you might even end up drilling through a cable or pipe while installing it yourself.  It’s easy to see how taking a short cut, or buying cheap, can end up being a waste of money. 

If you go with us, the experts, you don’t need to worry about any of this.  We will ensure that the cameras you have are the best ones for your purpose and that they are set up correctly, not breaking any privacy laws.  We’re on call for emergency repairs and maintenance, and we can also advise on other security measures to help keep your home or business safe.

Buying an alarm system, CCTV cameras or other security products from an NSI Gold Standard supplier, like us, is like buying a pair of shoes made to measure for your feet.  What you end up with is something you can rely on, something that has been designed for your specific needs, and crucially, something you won’t need to replace soon after purchasing because it turns out not to be fit for purpose.

There’s parity between this hypothetical shoe decision and the decision of what type of CCTV system to purchase.  In the short term, you want cameras to cover your premises; just like in the short term you want shoes to cover your feet.  In the long term, however, you want that footage to be useable, you want the cameras to be pointing in the right directions and to be compliant with privacy laws; you also want the system to be easy to use.  It’s worth, then, investing a bit more money at this stage to ensure that you end up with a system that’s fit for purpose and doesn’t need lots of extra investment over time as this could end up being more expensive in the long run.

Let’s take the example of putting a CCTV camera covering your driveway.  The cheap option is to buy an off-the-shelf camera and install it on the outside of your house pointing towards the road so it covers the driveway.  You check the footage and you can clearly see your car and even make out the exact colour.  What happens at night?  Does the camera record well in the dark?  Can you make out the number plate of the car (even in the day?) and tell what make it is?  Are you also recording footage of people on the pavement?

You will probably find that the footage from a cheap camera isn’t good enough to discern the badge of a car or read the number plate.  You may also discover that the footage is no good as evidence if your car gets stolen.  You may notice that the footage recorded at night is terrible, and if you are recording people walking along the pavement you are breaking privacy laws.  In the worst case scenario, you might even end up drilling through a cable or pipe while installing it yourself.  It’s easy to see how taking a short cut, or buying cheap, can end up being a waste of money. 

If you go with us, the experts, you don’t need to worry about any of this.  We will ensure that the cameras you have are the best ones for your purpose and that they are set up correctly, not breaking any privacy laws.  We’re on call for emergency repairs and maintenance, and we can also advise on other security measures to help keep your home or business safe.

Buying an alarm system, CCTV cameras or other security products from an NSI Gold Standard supplier, like us, is like buying a pair of shoes made to measure for your feet.  What you end up with is something you can rely on, something that has been designed for your specific needs, and crucially, something you won’t need to replace soon after purchasing because it turns out not to be fit for purpose.