Crime prevention is an important issue around the world and one of the best ways to address it is with the use of security systems that include CCTV. CCTV is the use of one or more video cameras to monitor and transmit footage to a particular destination, whether that is a control room where several areas are being monitored concurrently by a human or simply being recorded to video for reference in the event of an inquiry that calls for a look at the footage. This type of monitoring is very popular and used widely in the United Kingdom and it is gaining popularity in major cities in the light of increasing concerns about crime and potential terrorist activity.
The use of CCTV has already proven itself as an effective measure in crime prevention in spite of some continued controversy regarding privacy issues. Before setting up a similar system in your home or business, make sure you are within the law and city regulations for where you have placed your cameras and what you are filming. For example, it is quite common and accepted to see cameras posted that monitor public and private entrances to buildings but it would likely be a hotly contested issue if cameras started appearing in public restrooms even if the intent is to monitor for potential vandalism.
CCTV is useful as a crime prevention mechanism not just in public areas where a lot of people pass through frequently. Televised monitoring is equally necessary in areas where few people visit and especially in areas that are generally inhospitable or dangerous to people. For example, there are particular areas of manufacturing plants or other potentially dangerous areas that need monitoring in case someone breaks in to tamper with a system, vandalize a system, or intends to steal something in the area.
To install a CCTV system, you won’t have to spend a terrible amount of money. Systems are becoming more affordable as technology improves and systems become more widely available from a variety of security system providers. You may need to have the advice of a qualified security expert to decide how many cameras you might want to purchase and what the best digital video recording device is for your needs. Many of these systems include additional security features that users find necessary and convenient like motion detectors and text and email alerts to changes in an environment.