The security camera / CCTV marketplace is cluttered. There are back of the car operators offering security systems for $2,000, even less. There are high end players offering systems for $20,000 and up.
The jargon around security systems makes the market one which is attractive to people light on ethics. They can through in some cool sounding terms, win confidence of an unsuspecting small business person, sell some kit for a few thousand and pocked two thirds of that as profit.
One retailer I was talking with last night fell for this. She paid $4,500 for a four camera system which is not even worth a fraction of that. The cameras are poor quality, one is not even connected. The frames per second rate is very low, meaning that only a series of stills is captured. Some checking revealed that the company from which the business bought the system does not exist, the owner/salesperson/installer is not contactable.
Small business owners ought to be careful if considering a security / CCTV system. It is a complex business which requires specialist skills and, in some states, certification. We have been in this space for the last six years with our fully point of sale integrated solution. Part of our work can involve work with existing security installations. This is where we get to see the practices of others.
As the warning goes, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware.