As costs fell and technologies improved, retail operations were able to afford CCTV security systems and now almost every small shop has a security camera. These days even households are able to afford the security given by CCTV cameras. New technology makes them easy to install and to monitor. Further, technological advances such as infra-red sensitivity mean that different types of cameras can perform more functions too.
Why do people install security cameras?
As mentioned before, the most common reason is to deter criminals. The obvious uses are preventing intruders breaking into a building at night and discouraging theft by customers in shops.
However, another high cost to companies is theft committed by staff or delivery people. The volume of property, goods and material stolen from within a company can be astounding. There are many stories of delivery people making false deliveries or leaving a smaller consignment than the invoiced amount. Using CCTV means that company property, inventory and new consignments can be monitored and therefore reduce the loss to the business.
Sometimes there can be a dispute whether in work, among colleagues, with customers, or even on the street between individuals. Security cameras can provide a record of events that support the claims of the different protagonists to the situation and therefore enable a fair solution.
In addition, evidence recorded on camera is regularly used by police to enable them to apprehend criminals. They are able to broadcast footage on television programmes too, getting the evidence into a wider audience which increases the chances of catching the perpetrator.
Is CCTV worthwhile?
Almost every set of statistics provided by companies, law-enforcement agencies and research firms around the world, show that merely having CCTVs installed reduces crime. Whenever cameras are installed crime rates drop. Even having fake cameras can have a beneficial effect on crime. However, these days, criminals are now aware of how to detect a real camera from an empty box that looks like a camera.
Given the high cost of theft to companies in various forms, security is a basic cost of doing business. So the question is, does the cost of installation produce a positive return.
With the massive reductions in the price of security hardware like CCTV cameras the operational cost of security cameras is incredibly low compared to the amount of theft that is prevented. Global Security can also offer Security Solutions on a Lease to Own or Operational Lease basis. Sales@globalsecurity.co.nz 0800 247 400
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