CCTV systems – making buildings safer and more secure

CCTV security systems tend, these days, to receive something of a mixed press. Some members of the public report that they feel somewhat over-monitored. However, in reality, the benefits of CCTV far outweigh any perceived disadvantages. This is especially the case considering recent technological advantages in video surveillance.

The primary benefit of CCTV systems lies in their role as a deterrent. Any criminal considering breaking into a building with theft or criminal damage in mind is far more likely to abandon the idea knowing that they will be caught on camera. Indeed, a recent study found that installing CCTV in car parks resulted in a 51 per cent drop in crime in that area.

Having CCTV systems installed can, moreover, assist with insurance applications, reducing premiums. Furthermore, CCTV can assist with insurance claims, since video evidence is hard to beat when presenting evidence to an insurance company.

Moreover, CCTV security systems tend to make staff in pressured, busy environments feel more secure and protected. This is particularly the case in remote locations that are a little off the beaten track; or where night shifts are required.

Finally, CCTV technology has moved on considerably in the past decade, making it easier to manage and install. Digital hardware, such as the network camera, makes it possible to install CCTV as part of a computer network. What is more, pictures are clearer, and the feedback from CCTV software, through video analytics, is increasingly responsive to events, and interactive too.

All in all, CCTV systems are invaluable components in integrated security solutions.