More and more of us are switching on the benefits of CCTV security systems. In the UK it is now estimated that there are more cameras per person than any other country in the world.
In 2015, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe promoted the use of CCTV, saying that cameras should be installed by homeowners and businesses to help detectives solve crimes.
Aside from the obvious advantage of being able to monitor your premises, what are the benefits of using a CCTV system?
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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A CCTV SYSTEM?
A CCTV (closed-circuit television) system allows the use of videos cameras to monitor the interior and exterior of a property, transmitting the signal to a monitor or set of monitors.
Deter criminal activity
Outside of being able to monitor your premises, CCTV cameras as deterrents is probably one of their most recognized benefits.
Just like seeing a mounted alarm system, an intruder seeing cameras may decide that it’s easier and safer to move elsewhere. It’s much better to prevent intrusion than dealing with it after it’s occurred.
“Most criminals are pretty disorganised, they don’t think about it. The reason the cameras are high is two-fold. One is to keep it out of harm’s way.”
One study found that using CCTV in car parks resulted in a 51% decrease in crime; in public transportation areas a 23% decrease in crime; and in public settings, a 7% decrease in crime. Even the lowest figure, 7%, is a significant improvement.
Improved home insurance rates
By deterring criminal activity, CCTV security systems can reduce your home and property insurance costs. You are less of a target, so the risk is lowered, which means the price of your insurance can decrease too.
“If you’re the victim of burglary and your home isn’t properly secured, you may find that your home insurance provider could question your claim and refuse to reimburse you for any loss.”
As well as being less of a target, CCTV offers evidence towards insurance claims that you may not have had otherwise. The more evidence you have to support your claim, the better, proving beyond doubt the circumstances surrounding your claim.
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Peace of mind
A camera system can provide people with an increased sense of security and reassurance, particularly in areas where the crime rate is high.
Many of the more sophisticated models can be wireless, meaning they can be viewed and monitored from your smartphone or tablet. This gives you the ability to check in and review your premises at the click of a button, so your home security is always in reach.
“As importantly, you get a whole shot of what happened at the event: What did they steal? Did they use a knife? You get all that. But more relevant today is a face. That’s what we need.”
It can act as a comfort blanket, giving you the freedom to get on with your life, confident that your property is being watched.
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT YOUR PROPERTY SECURITY?
Protecting your home or business isn’t as complicated or expensive as you may think. Modern security systems aren’t just for massive corporations. A modest initial outlay will buy a set up tailored to your requirements, help to protect people, and prevent costly theft or damage.
The technology is easy to understand, simple to use, and cost-effective to maintain. Don’t wait until the worst happens. Thinking ahead now will save you a lot of money and stress in the long run.