The Lesser Known Benefits of CCTV
By Chris Barry
Mar 02, 2016
CCTV offers a raft of benefits. As a preventative security measure, when used alongside intruder alarms and security lighting, CCTV is one of the best deterrents available, particularly when it is backed up by physical security measures such as window bars, door grilles and insurance graded locks.
If you have been considering CCTV as part of your security strategy, you will no doubt be familiar with its numerous advantages such as being able to provide robust evidence in the event of a crime; monitoring unoccupied premises and keeping an eye on unmonitored exit and entry points. But did you know there were even more benefits to investing in CCTV and that it offers a great deal of flexibility that you may not have been aware of?
In this post we take a look at some of the lesser known ways that CCTV can be put to effective use. It’s quite an eye-opener.
Verbal Warning Systems
According to research, people will obey a written notice to leave in 7 per cent of cases, but when there is an audible command, this rises to 92 per cent. CCTV is highly effective therefore when used in conjunction with a detection sensor and audible warning system. Messages can be tailored depending on the location, and warnings could include the likes of ‘You are being recorded on video, please leave. The police have been called.’
Networked Integration for Multi-Layer Security
Security systems work best when various elements are integrated. Combine networked or IP CCTV with access control and floodlighting, and you have a very sophisticated level of protection: a fully automated system that enhances security for both physical assets and staff or visitors results. Where unauthorised access is detected, CCTV recording is automatically deployed and lighting implemented, providing multi-layer security from deterrent to evidence in one fell swoop.
Rather than finding out what happened ‘after the event’, certain CCTV systems are able to alert you to any suspicious activity as it happens, allowing you time to alert the police or deploy security measures before an incident occurs. Such alerts can be set up to reach you by text message or email.
Not Just for Crime Prevention
CCTV is not just for crime prevention: it can be used for a host of other applications, including surveys and analysis, monitoring, staff training, safety, production control, protection against fraudulent claims, and much more. There really is so much that a tailored CCTV system can be used for.
If you’d like to talk to us about installing a traditional or IP CCTV system on your premises, for any means, please get in touch. Our security experts have been designing systems for businesses and homeowners for many years and can work with you to create precisely what you need for your particular purpose.