Video Surveillance

Video Surveillance

Video Surveillance is everywhere, from taking a bus going to work to having a coffee in a cafe, the average person will appear on cctv approximately 70 time a day. so, the question is why so many. This answer is easy to answer it is that pictures and video secure the most convictions, it is exceedingly difficult for an offender to deny doing something when there is video footage of them doing what they have been accused of.
CCTV has come a long way since being introduced in the 80’s when it was mainly found in banks, now cctv cameras are more advanced, they can be used in a vast array of applications including ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition), Facial Recognition capable of finding a person in a crowd of hundreds, detect when an object has been moved from one or many locations, to even detect luggage left in an airport.
All these applications are designed to help us feel more secure in our environments knowing that there is always someone, somewhere watching over us. This is the one of the benefits of cctv systems now, they can be viewed and operated from anywhere in the world. Long gone are the days when someone had to be sat in front of a screen watching people going by, a single operator can now watch over a whole town single handed.
So why are many homes and businesses having cctv installed? As far as businesses are concerned this could be for the prevention of crime against the business such as burglary, prevention of dis-honest staff helping themselves to business products, protection of staff in case of an accident, but mainly it is an insurance requirement for the CCTV to be installed.
So that now leaves homeowners, why do they have cctv installed, this can also be for many different reasons from protecting property against theft to being able to watch the children get home from school or to watch for a Neighbour who is harassing, or damaging property and video evidence is what is required to catch them in the act.
I always go back to what was said at the beginning, video footage is the best evidence that a person committed the crime on what day and what time and was wearing a blue coloured top, jeans with a rip on the left knee and black Nike Trainers, the person also had short brown hair. This information is more precise than a person trying to remember details of a person or persons and being able to give a detailed description of the offender or offenders to the police. If there is no facial image of the offender then the police can or will seek other video images from other properties, shops, buses and even dash cameras in vehicles to try and identify the offender.
We have noticed in the past that when Police have viewed video of a crime, they most likely know the offender, rather than a sketchy description of the offender who could be 1 of over 20 people or more who fit the description, now imagine 4 people have committed a crime and you have witnessed it taking part, how many of them would you be able to describe after seeing them for only 5 seconds before they disappear. You might get 1 or 2, but by the time you have realised what has gone on your description will most likely be a bit hit and miss. You will also have to try and retain this information until the police arrived which can be some time.
So now with this insight of CCTV cameras and knowing the advantages of having CCTV cameras the only question is should I have them fitted to my property. This would only depend on the individual and the reason for having them fitted. If it’s for peace of mind or protection of property then yes if you would feel more secure then go ahead, if its to spy on a neighbour or the man / woman across the street then CCTV is not for you as it is illegal and you may find yourself recording the evidence against you rather than for you.
So which camera is for you, then take a look at the camera types page Here

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