Remote Monitoring vs. DIY CCTV: Which Is Better for a California Business?

Posted on Jun 28 2018 - 1:00am by Business Day TV

When it comes to the crime rate in California, there’s good and bad news. The bad news is the crime rate increased by almost four percent in 2016. It was already 444 per 100,000 people.

The good news is it still paled in comparison with the dramatic increase between 1960 and 1980. Back then, the number of violent crimes rose more than 250 percent. It resulted in a record of 888 per 100,000 residents. It further went up during the early 1990s at 1,104.

In other words, the current crime rate is one of the lowest for the state. But it doesn’t mean businesses can already relax. In 2010 alone, property owners suffered $4.6 billion loss. On the average, a company can lose as much as $2,119 per offense, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Fortunately, businesses have two options on how to deal with this crime. These include remote monitoring and DIY CCTV system.

Remote Monitoring

Remote monitoring or remote security is the more comprehensive option. In this setup, the company is in charge not only in the installation but also in keeping track of the business’s safety.

The company will have a 24/7 live feed of the establishment with a real person monitoring the activity. It can, therefore, notify the business and the authorities immediately if there’s an offense committed. Furthermore, it can help with the security design and planning.


This process involves installing the CCTV systems by yourself. The CCTV market is huge; industry experts believe it will earn more than $23 billion by 2025. Customers can now buy these devices offline and online. The cameras also come in different types and with different features, including sensor systems that can detect either heat or motion. There are portable or nanny cams as well. You can also find cameras that are more covert as they can be embedded in an object.

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Many of these systems are easy to integrate to a mobile device, Internet, or app. This way, you can monitor your property when you’re not around. The downside is unless you have the best knowledge about cams, you may not be able to maximize their use. The setup also doesn’t promote immediate arrest.

Between the two, DIY CCTV is a cheaper option, but considering how much a person can lose in a business due to burglary, remote monitoring is the more cost-effective solution.