Many homeowners understand that surveillance is a form of security, but not everyone understands just how it helps protect your property. Most people have some part of the puzzle, but there are many ways that a CCTV can help to keep your home more secure. We will look at some of the biggest ones here, as well as how to get the most out of each particular security benefit.
The very presence of a surveillance camera may be enough to deter a criminal. It has been widely documented that criminals consider the existence of serious security as a reason not to vandalize or burgle a property. In order to get the most out of this type of property protection, the cameras must be visible or there must be clearly present signage, alerting those walking by to the existence of your camera.
Prevention is limited by the perceived threat of the camera to the potential criminal. If the camera does not seem like it is high quality, a desperate criminal may take the risk. Signs of quality include indications that it is recording, not damaged, and has night vision. If your camera looks old and weathered, there is a greater chance that a criminal may assume there is damage. There is also the concern of surveillance blind spots, which will make a burglar assume they can act without being documented. Also, make sure that your cameras are maintained so a burglar does not assume you are neglecting your security.
Most property crimes go unsolved. They are not a priority for most police departments, and they are difficult to prosecute. If prevention fails, then it is up to the security camera(s) to do the difficult job of getting justice. When your security cameras are being properly utilized, there will be some form of documentation in the case of property crimes.
This information can be used to get stolen goods returned, find the criminals responsible, and hold them legally accountable for their actions. It is very important that the recorded video is stored properly, and that footage is properly maintained. Storage assures that there is no tampering of the evidence, and maintenance will prevent instances of data loss or skips in the recording. In terms of using this documentation as evidence, the authenticity of the footage is most often questioned. If you keep your surveillance recordings protected and secure, this will not be an issue.
One of the best protections surveillance cameras offer is the chance to fix the weaknesses of your security. Whether animals or humans are compromising the safety of your home, you can get to the bottom of it. Once you see how your security has been overwhelmed, you will have everything you need to solve the issue. You will be able to prevent the same type of attack or method of entry by knowing what it is.
Limiting the options for how criminals can enter your property, access your valuables, etc., decreases the number of individuals that will target your home. Reassessing security means you are less likely to be a victim. But without surveillance cameras, you may not know what to change because you do not know the threat you are facing. This will let you know if you need to fix a broken lock, or even more extreme security installation or improvements.
With a CCTV installed in and/or around your home, you can take the full advantage of your security options. Surveillance cameras do the job of preventing some crimes from ever taking place. This is similar to most security measures, but that is not where the benefits end. As good as locks and monitored alarm systems are for security, they do not document the instances of burglary. Seeing how your home or property was entered is instrumental to future risk mitigation. There is nothing like a good security camera. It is the most cutting-edge safety product available, and it is silly not to be taking full advantage of your security potential.