Installing CCTV cameras at your home or business is one of the key measures you can take to protect your property against crime.
Surveys have shown that the presence of CCTV is one of the main factors that will prevent a burglar from raiding your domestic or commercial premises. In fact, a panel of former burglars surveyed in 2017 found that CCTV was the number one deterrent, followed by barking dogs – but CCTV is much easier to maintain!
The success of CCTV as part of a crime-fighting solution means there is now an estimated four to six million surveillance cameras in the UK, many of which are found in the private sector.
As technology improves, so does the effectiveness of CCTV in protecting your home or business against burglars, vandals and other criminals. This week alone it’s been reported how surveillance cameras equipped with face detection technology have been approved for some of the top cultural and shopping destinations in London.
However, you don’t need to go top of the range to this extent for CCTV to be effective. If you have analogue systems, then it is worth upgrading these to digital systems and software, as this will future proof your installation as much as possible and give you a better bang for your buck so to speak.
That being said, the very presence of a surveillance camera is likely to discourage a burglar, targeting premises at random, from choosing your home or business.
The most recent information from the British Security Industry Association estimates that there are between four and six million CCTV cameras in the UK. However, because there are so many now in the private sector, such as domestic properties and businesses up and down the country, it is difficult for anyone to know the true figure.
They are a key tool in the fight against crime and many of the UK’s major cities are heavily populated with cameras. It is reported that Birmingham, for example, has more CCTV cameras than Paris.
According to recent research by CCTV.co.uk, the number of surveillance cameras in London will reach an all-time high this year at the equivalent of one for every 14 people in the city. And this trend is being mirrored across the country.
The rise of CCTV
There are a number of factors being attributed to the rise, which accounts for cameras at commercial properties and private households. These include a standardisation of commercial security equipment in new builds and a rise in more affordable technology – ie smaller, cheaper systems that can be easily installed by anyone.
Benefits of CCTV
CCTV has a number of benefits and the main reason people choose it is to protect against crime, and to assist in detection in the event that a crime is committed. This has been boosted further by more modern advancements and live feeds which trigger alerts upon a break-in or event which signals the alarm. Unlike older more historic systems which would record activity and need to be watched back at a later date, these live feeds increase the chances of criminals being caught in the act – a risk that many just aren’t willing to take.
Obviously the impact of a burglary, or other property-related crime, can be costly – in terms of cost of replacing goods, repairing any damage and insurance premiums, not to mention any lasting impact on the irreplaceable feeling of safety and security at home or work.
Professional CCTV installation for your home or workplace
Professional installation of CCTV systems is key to ensuring long-term reliability, efficiency and compatibility with any other software and systems you may have.
Our electrical experts are specialists in CCTV installation in Birmingham and the wider region and we can advise you on a variety of CCTV solutions, provide quotes and arrange for expert installation by qualified electrical experts. Contact us now to find out more.