You want to keep your family safe and your home or business property protected to the best of your ability, and that’s exactly why you shouldn’t buy security cameras from Costco or a big box store like Walmart or Best Buy.
The pre-packaged security camera sets you can get at these stores may seem to be great deals. They seem to take the guesswork out of creating a system that will work for you. And they are often offered at attractive pricing.
However, they often limit your ability to customize the system to be exactly what you need for your home and property. They leave you to figure out the installation — including optimal placement of the cameras — on your own. And you’re also on your own in figuring out just what you need in the first place.
After you get the cameras installed, you’re on your own, again, for troubleshooting if they’re not working properly or if something goes wrong.
DIY = On Your Own
Doing it yourself can feel good when everything is humming along and working like it’s supposed to. But, as mentioned before, you’re also on your own to make sure everything IS working like it’s supposed to.
Professional help is reassuring when your security is at stake.
Retail Products aren’t the Same as Professional-Grade
Another reason why you shouldn’t buy security cameras from Costco or a big box store is that the quality of the cameras isn’t the same as the professional-grade you can get from a security company.
Lens size, picture quality, performance, and sometimes even material used in manufacture can vary among different security cameras. Those available from high-volume discount retailers are often less than professional quality, so they will deliver less than professional results.
Professional quality is advantageous when your security is on the line.
Low Purchase Price Doesn’t Always Mean Low Cost
The price you pay to purchase security cameras at a big box store may be low … at least to get them out of the store. But the cameras are just part of the total cost of installation.
For example, do you have the right tools? The right cables and other hardware? How much time is it going to take you … and how much is your time worth?
Unless you’re a home security expert, you simply don’t have the knowledge or experience that a professional does. How could you be expected to?
So, you’ll often end up paying a higher total cost — often quite comparable to what going with a professional system in the first place would have been.
Compare the Professional Option
We suggest that you at least compare the professional option if you’re considering buying security cameras from Costco or another big box store. And Hoffman Security is here to help.
Call us at (559) 292-7871 or (209) 384-3305. Or you can contact us using our online form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.