Once upon a time a CCTV camera was mostly used for businesses, but these days they are a common sight on private houses as well. CCTV stands for closed circuit television and provides surveilance for businesses and private properties. THere are many benefits of equipping a home or a business with a CCTV system.
They come in various shapes and sizes, but most still consist of: video recording device, monitor, a lens and the camera itself. The camera is no different than any standard video recording device, only it doesn’t require an operator. It records images on a tape or digitally. The monitor usually comes with the CCTV system, and is essential for viewing the images live or after a period of time.
First of all, it works in crime prevetion. People often pre-plan a robbery but don’t take CCTV in consideration. If there is a sticker advising people that a camera is in operation, it ould save a property from being targeted by criminals. People don’t want to be identified and caught, so they will often avoid a property with a clear CCTV camera on display and information about its use.
Secondly, there are insurace companies that will allow for smaller contribution to the policy because of lower risks where a camera is in operation. Security of the property is one of the most important aspects, so investing in a CCTV system can help. Insurance companies are interested in low claims and low pay-outs. Security of the property will benefit the owner and the insurer, and the customer payments will go down.
Finally, the system is easy to install and use, and it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance over time. It could even help the police to identify criminals as these days the video quality is very high.
In conclusion it should be said that overall CCTV cameras are becoming more accessible and more used in private properties. Businesses often will invest extra in security, as margins are tight and higher security can make or break a business. If people are considering a CCTV to be ”over the top”, it’s worh re-thinking the stance.