CCTV as a deterrent
The presence of CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) security cameras can serve as a deterrent to potential criminals and reduce the likelihood of break-ins or other criminal activities.
However, it's important to understand that CCTV cameras alone may not guarantee complete protection against break-ins.
The effectiveness of CCTV cameras in preventing burglaries depends on several factors:
If the security cameras are prominently displayed and visible, they can deter potential criminals. Visible cameras can give the impression that the area is under surveillance, making criminals think twice before attempting to break in.
Quality and Coverage:
High-quality security cameras with good coverage of the property are more likely to capture clear images and videos that can be used as evidence in case of a crime. Blind spots in camera coverage can leave areas vulnerable.
This is one of the major benefits of working with a professional security installer, as they are experts in ensuring accurate and adequate coverage of your property.
Having a monitoring system in place where someone is actively observing the camera feeds in real-time can enhance the effectiveness of CCTV cameras. This way, any suspicious activity can be addressed immediately but the requirement for this will depend on your requirements.
Most camera systems these days can connect to your smart device, offering self-monitoring.
This includes notifications when certain sensors are triggered, if indeed this is an element you choose to apply to your security set up.
Recording and Storage:
CCTV systems that record and store footage can provide evidence for law enforcement and investigations. However, ensure that the recorded footage is stored securely and that you have a backup in case the system is compromised.
This is where cloud based video management systems prove to be useful.
Adequate lighting around the premises is important for the effectiveness of CCTV cameras, as it allows for better visibility during night-time or low light conditions. This is something your professional security advisor can provide guidance on.
Posting signs indicating that the property is under surveillance can reinforce the deterrent effect of CCTV cameras.
Additional Security Measures:
CCTV cameras are most effective when used in conjunction with other security measures, such as alarms and motion sensors. It's important to note that while CCTV cameras can contribute to reducing the risk of break-ins, they are not a fool proof solution. Determined criminals may still find ways to bypass or disable cameras.
Therefore, it's recommended to implement a comprehensive security strategy that includes multiple layers of protection to maximise the security of your property.
STS can work with you to advise on whether your property would benefit from a multi layered security effort.
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