Closed-circuit television, or CCTV as it’s more commonly known, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a certain place, on a controlled set of monitors. This is a style of security that has proven to be very popular, with the UK having more CCTV cameras per head than any other country, and the average UK citizen being caught on camera 300 times a day. But why is CCTV so popular?
- Firstly, CCTV is a great deterrent to crime. If potential thieves see the presence of a CCTV camera system, they invariably choose too leave the property alone. They will see the property as a risk and therefore not a good target. It’s much better to prevent intrusion than dealing with it after it’s occurred.
- It also ensures that employees or loved ones are in a safe working environment. Majority of people say that the presence of CCTV makes them; as a result will give peace of mind to the business or homeowner. An additional benefit to employees feeling safe and relaxed is that on the whole they will have a higher work rate.
- Another benefit of CCTV is, as a source of evidence, can never be underestimated. In the prosecution of offenders, videos and images provides by CCTV camera systems can serve as valid proof and evidence. A recent example of this was the London Riots, where Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Greany said, “We are reviewing many, many pieces of CCTV which is one of the main investigative leads and there are many thousands of hours of footage to be viewed. As we view that, more suspects become apparent”. This resulted in at least 2,952 suspects being arrested, and 1,774 charged.
- In our current culture, if you were to have an employee fall, a child hurts themselves etc. on your property, and then occasionally you’ll have a compensation claim on your hands. Make a claim to your insurance company and then your premiums may increase as a result. In our litigious society there has never been a better time to protect your business from false claims. CCTV footage can be extremely helpful in the cases of accident claims that are not legitimate.