CCTV cameras are so important whether you are planning to install it at home in an effort to deter and prevent crime or at work where you are constantly in need of keeping track of staff to ensure that they are doing their job. A CCTV camera can cost anywhere from £20 up to £300 (or more) depending on the make, type, specification or latest deals on CCTV Cameras. Most recently the CCTV camera can be found in public places such as schools, malls, carparks and even installed in cars / bikes/ bicycles. In this blog post we share five benefits of installing a CCTV camera in your home or your workplace.
CCTV Helps to Deter Crimes
With the crime rate increasing on a yearly basis, we feel that is important to ensure that you install a CCTV camera in your home to help you monitor any suspicious behavior outside your house. Its proven that by just having a mounted camera and alarm system installed at your premises, there is a high possibility that an intruder may be put off and not decide to break into your home / office.
CCTV Helps Police Solve Crimes
There has been recent cases whereby police have used footage from CCTV to solve crimes, and identify criminals. Depending on the type of CCTV installed, some CCTV can even record sound hence identifying human voices or the state of mind of the victim / criminal.
Did you know that having a CCTV installed in the office is thought to boost the morale of your staff as it encourages good behaviour, and if people believe they are protected and safe they will perform better.
Preventing Employee Theft
How many times have you left some food, milk or your lunchbox in the fridge and found out that someone in the office has eaten your food? This is the most annoying thing in the world, but yes it happens often enough that if you had a CCTV installed in your kitchen, you know that this would never have happened as you could have easily caught the thief red handed.
Reducing your insurance
Did you know that properties that have CCTV installed are deemed to be more secure than properties without? This means that insurance companies are more likely to reduce your premium as your premises is less likely to be broken into. This in turn would save you a huge amount of money every month and in the long run.
Although having CCTV is important, do note that Protection of Freedoms Act which was introduced in reminds us that the use of cameras in public places is regulated and only used in pursuit of a specified purpose. The code, which came into force on 12 August 2013, seeks to balance the need for cameras in public places with individuals’ right to privacy. Do also take into consideration of the Human Rights Act 1998 which states that an individual has the right to respect their private and family life, and of their home. So if you were using your CCTV camera to specifically monitor the activities of your neighbours, just beware that you could well breaching their human rights.
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