There are a number of crime prevention and detection systems on the market, from beam and magnet-based alarm systems to burglar bar and security doors, but by far the most effective is Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).
The simple fact is that when criminals or people who intend to engage in criminal behaviour know they’re being watched, this acts as a massive deterrent and can in many cases prevent the crime from taking place at all.
And if or when a crime is committed, CCTV is able to capture in detail all the elements that may enable the criminals to be traced and caught, or show how the crime took place for insurance and investigative purposes.
The major benefits of CCTV
- Crime prevention by letting criminals know they’re being watched
- Monitoring activity on your site 24/7 – this enables you to identify any issues or inefficiencies within your working operation, as well as monitor for any illicit activity on site
- Insurance and investigative value – CCTV systems can provide vital evidence to supply to insurance companies or investigators in the events of criminal activity
- Lower insurance premiums – a more secure premise means lower risk to insurance companies
- Health & safety – CCTV systems can alert you to any situation that requires an emergency response such as fire, worker injury or other accidents on site
- Monitoring staff movements in and out of the premises – this is useful for any timekeeping queries or disputes that may arise
- Off-site monitoring – by using access networks, you are able to monitor your cameras from anywhere in the world, giving you peace of mind when you’re not at your office or place of work
Things to consider
- Where to locate your camera/s – ideally your camera/s should be mounted where they can be seen, but not easily reached. This is so that people are aware they are being watched, but are not able to tamper with the camera
- Lighting and angles – you need to take into account what your cameras can and cannot see depending on where they’re situated. Lighting is also very important – remember that at night the amount of light in an area will change, so you’ll need to take this into account when situating a camera
- Scaleability – certain camera networks (hard-wired) can be difficult to scale and expand. Consider using IP cameras that are wireless and operate using your wifi – these systems are far more flexible and can be scaled far more easily
- Monitoring and recording – there is little or no point in having a functional CCTV system if no-one is watching it. Also, depending on your applications, you may want to record and store recordings of what the CCTV captures – you’ll need hard drives or cloud storage for this, and data storage
If you use CCTV, you must abide by the Data Protection Act, and do the following:
- put up a sign to let people know CCTV is being used and why
- be able to provide images within 40 days to anyone you’ve recorded (you can charge up to £10 for this)
- share images with the authorities, eg the police, if they ask for them
- keep images only as long as your business needs them
Contact Clarus Systems today for an assessment of your security and access control needs.