What is CCTV ?
Most people are aware of CCTV surveillance as it is widely used commercially and in the public sector – for example, in town centres, shops and on public transport – and often featured in the media.
CCTV is an acronym for Closed Circuit Television: “closed circuit” as in an installation of directly connected components creating a circuit which cannot be viewed by anybody outside of the circuit, unlike a terrestrial television broadcast system which can be viewed by anybody with the appropriate reception equipment.
An obvious use for CCTV is to prevent crime and malpractice but it is also a valuable business management tool offering staff protection, supporting Health & Safety initiatives, aiding investigations, proving innocence and avoiding lawsuits; other examples of its use are help with production control and other observational objectives in factories where, for example, conditions are unsuitable for human intervention. It can be used as a wide range of other applications, such as traffic surveys, keeping an eye on livestock and for monitoring wildlife activity, to name but few.
The use of CCTV in the home environment is becoming more popular. Not only does it improve general security, it can help to defend against anti social behaviour, and is a way of keeping an eye on children and pets.
CCTV systems in the public arena are governed by the Data Protection Act of 1988; those in a domestic environment are governed by the Human Rights Act.
BENEFIT OF CCTV
There are many benefits of using a CCTV security system. Some are obvious, others are less seen. In our experience, our clients report a number of immediate and tangible benefits after having a CCTV system installed.
The most common benefits that get reported to us are:
- Increased deterrent – CCTV systems are a great deterrent to potential thieves. Once they realise that your home or business is protected by a closed circuit television system they invariably choose to go somewhere else.
- Safer working environment – CCTV helps to ensure adherence to health and safety policies and can be invaluable in staff training.
- Reduced retail theft – shop lifters deliberately target businesses with poor security and will think twice if there is an increased risk they may be caught on camera.
- Increased detection – the prosecution rates for businesses / home owners using CCTV is many times higher than that for those without CCTV. If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime at least there will be a strong chance of detection and conviction.
- Eliminate fraudulent insurance claims – in an increasingly litigious society it has never been more important to protect your business against claims that are not legitimate. CCTV can eliminate this and reduce your premiums.
- Remote monitoring – keep an eye on your home or business when you aren’t there. All our CCTV systems can be viewed and controlled remotely over the internet (via an iPhone, laptop etc). In addition to this, AIS can provide an independent 24/7 monitoring service.
- Reduced fear of crime – knowing you are well protected gives a feeling of security that should not be underestimated (ask anyone who has been burgled how they felt immediately after it occurred).
- Receive warnings in advance – AIS CCTV systems can alert you of any suspicious activity (via text or email), enabling you to view what’s happening and if necessary notify the police BEFORE a crime has been committed.
- Increased professionalism – CCTV is an excellent staff training tool.
- Staff protection – CCTV is perfect for preventing assaults and false claims of misconduct (ideal for schools, hospitals etc).