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Could You Benefit from CCTV?

Could You Benefit from CCTV?

Even if you don't use it yourself, you're probably familiar with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). You may have seen it used to create suspense on police dramas, or perhaps your own police department relies on CCTV to find suspects. You may remember that CCTV footage helped police track down the culprits in the July 2005 London bombings.

But how much do you really know about how CCTV works? You know it can benefit local law enforcement, but do you know how it can benefit your home or small business?

What Is CCTV?

Put briefly, a CCTV system is a security system. The simplest systems rely just on a camera, a monitor and a cable. The cameras themselves are usually either black or white, and most outdoor cameras are waterproof. There are a variety of more advanced CCTV systems, though, including the following:

  • Covert cameras, which can help police and business owners by shooting video of criminals who don't know they're being observed.
  • Pan tilt zoom cameras, which let an operator change the camera's angle and focus.
  • Static cameras, which face a stable direction without moving.
  • Internet protocol cameras, which can receive and send information via the Internet.

CCTV systems can be either wired or wireless. If you have a wireless model, you won't see any cables on the outside of your home. But wireless models are much more expensive and less reliable, since walls can interfere with the signal. Wired CCTV systems cost less and often work better. A professional wiring company can arrange the cables to minimise their interference with your home's design.  

Who Uses CCTV?

Currently, many government authorities use CCTV systems to secure public areas. For instance, the NSW Police Force uses CCTV footage to investigate crimes caught on camera. Businesses with CCTV in NSW can register their systems with the NSW Police Force, which lets police know which areas are under surveillance. This also allows access to the camera if a crime occurs in that area.

Many private businesses also use CCTV to secure their premises. They rely on visible cameras to deter crime, reduce theft and receive warnings about criminal activity as it occurs. Residential CCTV systems are becoming more popular worldwide as well.

How Can a CCTV System Help My Home or Business?

If you're curious about installing a CCTV system for your home or business, consider these security system benefits:

  • Alarms and visible security cameras can cause burglars and white collar criminals to think twice before committing theft.
  • If a crime occurs and you've placed your cameras correctly, you might be able to identify the criminal and aid the police investigation.
  • Video evidence can support your insurance claims.

However, CCTV systems also have certain drawbacks. Make sure to weigh both the pros and cons carefully before purchasing a system:

  • CCTV systems can be expensive.
  • If you position CCTV cameras in an easy-to-reach place, you run the risk of vandalism.
  • CCTV technology is relatively new, which means there are few studies on how effectively CCTV has deterred crime in the past.

How Can An Expert Help?

If you decide to purchase and install one or two cameras around your home or business, you might not need professional help. However, if you plan to install the cameras in an awkward or hard-to-reach location, or if you're not sure how to set up the wiring, call the professionals.

No one wants to spend money on an entire CCTV system only to break it during the installation process. A professional will ensure safe installation, correct wiring and a functional system at the end of the process.

If you're still unsure if CCTV is right for you, contact your local CCTV installation company. They'll be able to give you more specific advice on effective installation and crime deterrence.