The cost-effectiveness of CCTV systems for small and large businesses

Michael Cameron

February 22, 2023

Do you own a small business and want to improve your security at a low cost? Or are you part of a large business that wants to ensure the safety of its employees and customers? CCTV systems may be the solution you've been looking for. Due to technological advancements and decreasing equipment costs, they are becoming more accessible to companies of all sizes. The purpose of this blog is to discuss their affordability for small and large businesses.

Factors affecting the cost of CCTV systems

Several factors can affect the cost of purchasing, installing, and maintaining CCTV systems. Firstly, the type and number of cameras a business needs will affect the cost. In one of our previous blogs, we discussed the importance of a high-resolution camera for high-quality images. But, as we all know, these cameras are not cheap.

Secondly, the type of recording technology the business needs will affect the cost. A cloud-based recording option, for example, will cost more than a network video recorder option. Lastly, installation complexity, cabling requirements, and ongoing maintenance and support will also have an impact on the costs.

Cost-effectiveness of CCTV systems

Small businesses may lack the funds to employ security guards or install additional security measures such as alarms and access control systems. In such cases, CCTV systems can offer a cost-effective security option since they continuously monitor the property without the need for a security guard. CCTV cameras also record any suspicious behavior on the property, making them a more effective and inexpensive alternative.

Additionally, CCTV cameras come with capabilities like motion detection that can send alerts and messages to security companies or business owners. This can increase the likelihood of recovering stolen property or identifying criminals by aiding in the prevention of crimes.

CCTV systems also enable business owners to watch their facilities at any time and from any location. This can reduce costs and provide owners with peace of mind because they can remotely monitor their properties without having to be there in person.

Larger businesses often see the value of CCTV systems more than small businesses because of their size and number of employees. So, there is a greater need for security and a greater risk of things being stolen or damaged.

In addition to reducing losses and insurance costs, CCTV systems can increase productivity for large businesses by boosting employee morale and making the workplace a safer place. Larger businesses also generally receive bulk discounts on CCTV systems, further increasing their cost-effectiveness.

Syntelo's rental facility and service contracts

As a South African office solutions company with our finger on the pulse of finance and partnerships with influential banks in the country, Syntelo offers unbeatable financial solutions that get you the green light in a blink of an eye! We pride ourselves on providing our clients with one contract, invoice, and statement per month, making things simple and easy for everyone involved.

Whether you need office automation, telecommunications, information technology, security, or solar power, we provide a range of asset classes to keep your business up and running. You're sure to find everything you need under one roof with our top-notch and constantly expanding portfolio of assets.

Do you want to upgrade your security and surveillance, but your budget is tighter than your favourite pair of jeans after a big meal? Don't worry, Syntelo's got your back. When cash flow is tight, not everyone can afford to buy top-of-the-line cameras. But fear not, Syntelo has a workable financial solution!

Owning equipment with high operating costs can be counterproductive. With our rental facility, you can channel inflated service costs into a lower-cost rental, preserving your cash flow. Plus, our rental contracts come with full-service contracts, which means that Syntelo, as the service provider, is held accountable for any issues that may arise.

We combine hardware and running costs into one neat package, so you don't have to worry about juggling multiple contracts and invoices. And did we mention that our rental contracts are fully tax-deductible and won't appear on your balance sheet? Now that's what we call a win-win situation!

In the course of the blog series about CCTV systems, we have also mentioned several times that we have partnered with Hikvision to offer our clients quality products. With their controllers, card readers, turnstiles, and door locks, you can create a comprehensive and secure access control system. A single solution cannot meet all consumer needs due to their complexity. However, you can combine various authentication methods, such as ID cards, fingerprints, passwords, and face images.


Businesses of all kinds have come to rely on CCTV systems to protect their assets and ensure their staff and customers' safety. CCTV systems are expensive at first, but their benefits in terms of security and peace of mind far outweigh their initial costs.

In the long run, CCTV systems should not be seen as an expense but rather as an investment in a company's success and security. In conclusion, we hope you have found this blog series useful, no matter what size your business is.

At Syntelo, we conduct a comprehensive security needs assessment to see where your gaps are, learn what your goals are, and then formulate a plan to move forward. Your total cost of ownership remains efficient with a rental facility and full-service contract while benefitting from a complete holistic solution.

Give us a call today on 087 147 0878 for an in-depth and expert audit on your CCTV systems. Or visit our website on for more information on our other office solutions.

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