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Security Camera Installation Cost

The average cost of a security system and installation is $1,335, or between $656 and $2,015. Wired systems are less for parts but more for installation at about $150-$200 per camera, compared to their wireless counterparts at about $100 per camera. CCTV packages run from $70 to $300 while IP systems range from $60-$300. The good news: installing any type of system can save costs on home insurance.

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$150 - $3,487

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Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 2,774 HomeAdvisor members in .
security camera installation costs $150 to $3,500.
There are two choices to make: wireless or wired and IP or CCTV. However, many other home security system improvements contribute to the final setup. Most systems have multiple cameras with either cloud (NVR) or on-site (DVR) storage. Sometimes they include motion detectors, improved resolution, professional monitoring, and night vision capabilities. Increased options mean increased complexity, and increased costs. Ultimately, your needs and preferences are going to dictate the final bill.

Cost to Install Security Cameras

An average security system installation will cost about $1,500. The price for professional installation can vary drastically depending on system type and number of cameras. On top of equipment costs, each camera will range between $100 to $200 for professional installation. A system designed for DIY installation will cost you nothing but time, if you have the tools. Whether you end up going the DIY route or hiring a pro, an initial consultation will help you understand your exact needs based on the requirements of your home. A consultation is usually free.
The size and type will depend on many factors:
  • The Size of Your Home: The more area, the more cameras needed. You'll also need higher quality with better resolution and field of vision for larger areas.
  • Security Needs: Ranging from a couple cameras to monitor your children to 360-degree coverage both inside and outside your home to deter criminal activity.
  • External or Internal: Internal cameras don't need to be weatherproof and are often less expensive than external varieties.
  • Wired or Wireless: Wires make for a much tougher install. Professional help is recommended.
  • Monitored or Unmonitored: A security service adds to installation complexities but provides 24-hour monitoring and other upgrades at a monthly fee.
Which should you go with and where should they be placed? Consulting with a professional can help you understand what works best for your home, family, and budget.
Wired vs. Wireless Security System Installation Prices
Wired$150-$200 per camera
Wireless$100 per camera

Wired Security System Costs

Though the installation runs higher than wireless - averaging about $150 to $200 per camera - the elements of wired systems are more affordable. Because holes will be drilled, wires added, and conduit put in place, hiring a contractor is typically necessary. Beyond the upfront expenditure, the only real drawback is fixed locations. The pros may outweigh the cons. Wired systems cannot be hacked remotely, jammed, and have power built in, often with battery backups for power outages.

Wireless Security System Costs

Wireless systems are easy to install, making them the choice for DIY projects. A DIY install will run you $0 with professional work only about $100 per camera. They're also easy to move and almost always offer remote access. Drawbacks include no direct power source and must be installed within your home's wireless network range to function correctly. They often have lower resolution than wired counterparts and can be hacked remotely. Wireless models are also subject to signal interference.
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Security System and Equipment Prices

Security cameras and system equipment range from $100 to $300. The price depends on whether you go with a CCTV or IP system and the type and quality of cameras you end up purchasing.
CCTV Security Systems vs. IP
CCTVIP
Cost$70-$340 per camera$60-$300
Typically used byLarge homes and businessesDIY-ers
Video StorageNVR or Network Video RecorderDVR or Digital Video Recorder
HackingCan work independent of the internet.
Less risk of hacking.
Require the internet. Susceptible to outages & hacking.
Additional FeaturesHigh definition.
Large digital storage.
High resolution.
Night vision.

Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV)

CCTV packages start out as little as $70 to $340 per camera depending on additional features, like high definition and larger digital storage. This is a system that typically works independently of the internet - cameras record video and store it in a location. These are either monitored locally or store video on a physical Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Large homes and businesses often us CCTV. You can connect the DVR to the internet - which allows for remote viewing but also opens it up to hacking.

Internet Protocol (IP)

IP systems cost from $60 to $300, are easily configurable and expandable, and often come features like high resolution and night vision. IP cameras are almost always wireless and connect directly to the internet, making them the choice for DIY installations. They broadcast video over your local network and usually store video digitally on a Network Video Recorder (NVR). However, this makes them susceptible to both hacking and internet outages.

Security Camera Costs by Type

TypePriceFeatures
Dummy$15 each
  • Don't record anything but give the appearance of a surveillance system.
Dome$100-$150
  • Designed to mount to a ceiling.
  • Offer both a wide field of view and options for movement control.
Hidden$100-$150
  • Can fit anywhere, from a photo frame to a smoke detector
  • Commonly used indoors
  • Can replace a door peephole
Bullet$100
  • Easy to find in stores
  • Small size
Box$100 with installation
  • Large standalone with a box shape used outside the home.
  • Durable and visible

box cameras outside of house
by T. Pope Technical Solutions. Houston, TX. Security camera installation costs in Houston average $600-$1,750.

Other Factors That Affect Cost

Upgrades are often needed to meet security requirements. What good is a security camera that can't see? These will often increase cost, but leave you with a system that works. Unique angles, lighting, and coverage areas create a need for different types of cameras, increased resolution, night vision, motion detection, and other upgrades.
Placement determines necessary equipment upgrades like wide angle lenses, night vision, weatherproofing, and concealment. More cameras with higher resolution will require larger DVRs and NVRs. Know what you need before you install. Research, which includes consulting a licensed professional installer, provides the clearest understanding of what you'll need and where you'll need it.

Indoor vs Outdoor

Cameras used outside the home can see farther and have better resolution costing an average of $100 each vs. their indoor counterparts starting at $60. Both will need an additional average of $100 each to install. Indoor types don’t need to be weatherproof and often have a limited range and resolution. They are often of the smaller variety, usually using hidden, bullet, or dome styles. External types often need better visibility and durability - both deter possible criminal activity.

Resolution

Security camera resolution is measured in television lines (tvl) though are often advertised by the more common 480p, 720p, and 1080p resolution terms. The higher the resolution, the higher the price, the clearer the image. What resolution you need depends on how you’ll use your system.
  • Low Resolution: $100 Anything below 1080p definition. These run around $100 each. These types are useful for areas where details, like faces and writing, aren’t really necessary. For systems set up to monitor what kids or a housekeeper are doing, low definition is the choice.
  • High Resolution: $100-$300 Those at or above 1080p definition – add an additional $100 to $300 to a standard low definition camera. When you need a clear picture of a person, license plate, or another identifying mark, go with a higher definition (HD). These are recommended for any entry points to your home. Higher resolution also means more bandwidth and larger file sizes, requiring more significant investments in video storage. If you're not sure what resolution you need for your system, it's best to call a pro or default to HD to avoid having to upgrade later.

Field of View

Depending on the layout of your home, you may need wide-angle cameras in some areas and narrow in others. There is no real cost difference in buying a wide-angle camera vs. a narrow angle. Since wide viewing angles are typically used for covering large areas, like an open yard or parking lot, you'll need fewer cameras. Wider fields of view allow a camera to capture more but at the cost of object size. Objects in wide angle lenses appear to have a fishbowl effect. making them appear smaller and slightly distorted. When picture quality is an issue, using multiple units with a narrow viewing angle is more appropriate. A smaller field of view is better for specific targets, like doors, gates, and windows.

Motion Detection

Motion detectors are often a part of a comprehensive security system. A typical motion detector camera will cost less than a standard one, running about $15 to $150 before installation costs. A standalone motion detector costs between $20 and $50. They reduce power requirements and can be used to alert you and a monitoring service of a potential problem. When hooked up, they allow recording only when motion is detected reducing power usage and data storage needs. They can also be connected to lights and alarms - both inside and outside your home. External motion sensors often get tripped accidentally by blown debris and animals. Some cameras with integrated motion detecting don't start recording quickly enough, missing possible intruders.

Night Vision and Infrared Illuminator

A separate IR illuminator to flood a larger area runs between $15 to $90. IR cameras give a higher quality picture than standard night vision.
Standard night vision is the amplification of available light, like moonlight and streetlights. Infrared (IR) imaging uses the infrared light given off by heated sources. This light isn't visible to the human eye, but an IR camera sees it and converts it to the visible light spectrum. Infrared illuminators, those little red lights, emit IR light.

Monitored Security Services

Monitored services range from $30 to $65 monthly with initial setup fees ranging from $0 to $200. These services add an additional layer of protection to your home security system. Most current monitored systems are wireless and provide smart home features, like remote lighting, heating, and even door lock controls. For this additional monthly charge, your home will be monitored 24 hours a day, alerting you and the authorities to any disturbance, including fires.

Audio Surveillance

Cameras with microphone setups are only a few dollars more than those without audio capabilities. Adding them after a system is already installed is usually easy and inexpensive. They run between $10 to $30 each. A few states have two-party consent laws for recording conversations. These laws require either the consent of the person you're recording or visibly posting that audio recording is occurring on the premises. Check with your local and state laws before installing any audio equipment. Speak with a professional to make sure you add the correct legal equipment to your system.
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