Complete Guide to Securing UK Homes with CCTV

Comprehensive CCTV Security Guide for UK Homes

Essential advice for securing terraced, semi-detached, and detached homes

Understanding Different UK Property Types

Choosing the right CCTV system begins with understanding the layout and vulnerabilities of your specific property type:

  • Terraced Homes: Characterised by their row formation with shared walls on both sides except for the end units. Focus on securing back gardens and rear access points, which are common entry points for intruders.


  • Semi-Detached Homes: These homes share one common wall with an adjacent property, typically featuring gardens at the rear and side. Special attention should be given to securing the shared wall side and any isolated garden areas.


  • Detached Homes: Completely standalone properties that often have multiple access points and expansive perimeter areas. Comprehensive coverage is crucial, including gates, driveways, and all around the property boundary.


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Selecting the Right CCTV System

When choosing a CCTV system, consider:

  • High-resolution cameras to capture clear, identifiable images.
  • Effective night vision capabilities to ensure 24/7 monitoring.
  • Systems with ample storage capacity for video recordings.
  • Remote access features to monitor your home from any location via smart devices.

Strategic Camera Placement

Effective camera placement is critical for maximising your CCTV system’s efficacy:

  • Place cameras at both front and rear entrances, commonly targeted by burglars.
  • Ensure cameras cover all ground-level windows and garages.
  • Install cameras at a height that prevents tampering but still captures a broad field of view.

Integration with Other Security Systems

For enhanced security, integrate CCTV with:

  • Burglar alarms to alert on potential intrusions.
  • Motion sensors that trigger camera recording and alerts.

Understanding CCTV Legal Considerations in the UK

Adhering to legal requirements is essential for CCTV users:

  • GDPR Compliance: Ensure your CCTV system does not invade public or neighbour privacy. Homeowners must have clear signage indicating CCTV use.
  • Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018: Register your CCTV system if it captures images beyond your property, such as adjacent streets or neighbouring houses.
  • Lawful Recording: Use CCTV footage for security purposes only and ensure stored footage is secure and accessible only by authorised persons.

For a complete understanding of GDPR related to CCTV, visit the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

Learn more about the Data Protection Act regarding CCTV at UK Government Data Protection.

For best practices on home CCTV installation, consult Police Advice on CCTV Installation.

Professional Installation vs. DIY

While DIY installations may seem cost-effective, professional installation ensures your system is set up optimally, complying with legal standards and maximizing coverage.

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Default passwords-

DMSS abc12345

Viper 123456

Kestrel No password just click ok

** Ai CCTV do not store passwords and it is advised on the day of installation the default password are changed, Please check email and documentation for passwords as password resets are subject to a fee

How to set DMSS on a smartphone

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Setting Up the Dahua DMSS App on Your Smartphone


  • Ensure P2P (Platform Access) is enabled on your NVR and is online.

Initial App Setup Using P2P Connection

  1. Install DMSS:
    • Download DMSS from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS).
    • Install the app on your smartphone.
  2. Add a Device:
    • Open the app and tap the "+" icon.
    • Select "SN/Scan" to scan the QR code from your NVR interface (Main Menu > Network > P2P) or the device's box.
    • If QR code is unavailable, manually enter the serial number.
  3. Device Configuration:
    • Choose the device type (e.g., NVR, DVR/XVR, or Wired Camera).
    • Enter a relatable device name and the admin password.
    • Tap "Save".

Event Notification Setup

  1. Subscribe to Notifications:
    • On the Home page, tap the three dots next to your device.
    • Select "Device Details".
  2. Enable Notifications:
    • Tap "Notification" and switch it on.
  3. Configure Alerts:
    • Choose the events for alerts, such as AI Analysis features (e.g., Tripwire, Missing Object).
    • Select the channels for each feature and save the settings.

By following these steps, your DMSS app should be configured for remote access and event notifications.

Watch the Setup Video

For a visual guide, watch the following YouTube video:

For further support or help, book an onsite callout via our website.

How to update the time and date on your CCTV recorder

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Changing the Time and Date on a Dahua DVR

Steps to Change Time and Date

  1. Access the Main Menu:
    • Right-click on the screen to bring up the context menu.
    • Select "Main Menu" from the options.
  2. Navigate to System Settings:
    • In the Main Menu, select "System" to open the system settings.
  3. Open General Settings:
    • Within the System settings, click on "General" to access general configuration options.
  4. Adjust Date and Time:
    • Locate the "Date & Time" section.
    • Modify the date and time fields to the correct values.
  5. Save Changes:
    • Click "Apply" to save your changes.
    • Click "OK" to exit the settings menu.
  6. Restart the DVR:
    • For the changes to take effect, restart your DVR by navigating to "Main Menu" > "Shutdown" > "Restart".

Watch the Setup Video

For a visual guide, watch the following YouTube video:

By following these steps, you can easily update the time and date settings on your Dahua DVR to ensure accurate recordings.

For further support or help, book an onsite callout via our website.

How to turn on Smart Motion Alerts in DMSS

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Turning on Smart Motion Detection (SMD) in the DMSS App for a Dahua DVR


  • Ensure you have a Dahua account.
  • Install the DMSS app on your smartphone.
  • Add your Dahua device to the DMSS app.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Launch the DMSS Mobile App:
    • Open the DMSS app on your smartphone.
    • Go to the "Device" page and tap on the three dots next to the device you want to set up notifications for.
  2. Access Device Details:
    • Tap on "Device Details".
  3. Multi-Channel Alarm Subscription:
    • Tap on "Multi-channel Alarm Subscription".
  4. Enable SMD:
    • Enable the slider at the top right to activate notifications.
    • Tap on "Period Settings" to adjust the times you want to receive notifications.
    • Select the type of alarm event you want notifications for (e.g., Motion Detection, Intrusion Alarm).
  5. Select Camera Channels:
    • Check the boxes next to all the camera channels you want to receive notifications from.
    • Tap the back arrow at the top left when done.
  6. Save Settings:
    • Verify the number of channels selected appears next to the alarm type you selected.
    • Tap "Save" at the bottom of the screen.

Watch the Setup Video

For a visual guide, watch the following YouTube video:

By following these steps, you should have Smart Motion Detection enabled on your Dahua DVR via the DMSS app, enhancing your security system's capabilities.

For further support or help, book an onsite callout via our website.

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