A study among homeowners found that when neighbours and pedestrians knew they were being watched, vandalism and robberies went down tenfold.
This is known as the Hawthorne effect, where people tend to behave differently and are more likely to be compliant when they are being watched.
Based on the same effect, burglars are less likely to break into premises with CCTV security systems owing to the fear of being watched, recorded, and possibly caught.
A burglars main ally is stealth and neglect. CCTV cameras make it nearly impossible to break in without getting noticed, making them one of the biggest deterrents for burglars.
Experts believe that as many as 67% of domestic burglaries could be prevented if people had CCTV monitoring.
The effects of burglaries on victims can be devastating, both in terms of financial losses and emotional trauma.
According to a commissioned research into the emotional impact of burglary, the victims reported that 25% found it hard to sleep, 13% moved to new premises, 12% experienced a loss in confidence, 11% were afraid of being left alone on the property, 8% became ill and found it difficult to concentrate on work, and 5% were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These several facts are enough to shake someone to their core and to take preventive measures against such heinous acts at all costs.
CCTV security systems help prevent burglaries in both homes and businesses. Read on further to find out how:
HOW DOES CCTV PREVENT BURGLARIES?
Most burglars are opportunists and target properties that are easier to break into.
According to The Guardian, former professional burglars say that they would target homes and businesses without CCTV cameras, making them the most effective burglar deterrent.
Burglars usually avoid attention at all costs, and even if they don’t attract attention, they preferably opt for a burglary that doesn’t leave any evidence behind.
A CCTV security system has many benefits to both home and business owners which makes it the number one choice for preventing burglaries.
- Recording and Monitoring
Good news for people owning a CCTV security system. Just the very idea of being monitored and recorded is enough to scare away intruders trying to break into your property, which is why they will always try to stay clear of such houses and businesses.
CCTV monitoring will ensure that your properties are being watched over by a professional monitoring staff in real-time. This is especially beneficial for when your home or business is unoccupied or in a vulnerable state. The best advantage of detecting a threat while it’s in progress is the immediate action that can be taken to deal with it, such as notifying your keyholders or alerting the police.
- Gathering evidence
CCTV footage helps collect evidence in the unfortunate event of a crime such as a burglary. Suspects can be easily identified with the help of CCTV recordings and there’s a higher chance of the perpetrators being caught.
This ease of evidence and the trail that burglars leave behind can work to their disadvantage, should they try to burgle a CCTV monitored premises.
- Remote observation
Burglars usually wait for the occupants of a house or business to be away to easily break-in, since an empty property is less challenging for them – At least that’s what they think.
A CCTV security system always protects your premises and keeps mischief mongers away. CCTV monitoring allows for your premises to be remotely observed, both on the inside and outside. Even if you’re far away, 24-hour professional monitoring services are your best bet for the highest level of security.
With CCTV cameras, you can check the grounds of your premises from the comfort of your couch, such as monitoring the car parking area or vehicles parked to the front or side of the home. In case you sense something fishy, you can call the authorities straight away.
TYPES OF CCTV CAMERA SYSTEMS
There are two main types of CCTV camera systems – analogue and IP. While they both serve the same purpose of providing surveillance, they differ in quality, cost, and the method by which video is recorded and delivered.
Choosing the right type of CCTV camera system for your property depends totally on your requirements and the kind of budget you have.
Analogue CCTV cameras are the epitome of surveillance cameras. They work by the analogue footage from the camera being sent to a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) via a coaxial cable, where it is converted to digital format.
They tend to cost less than their digital counterparts, especially if the camera count increases. However, the frame rate for analogue cameras is pretty low which results in blurry, low-quality images, and they have a narrower field of view and require more cameras to cover the same area it would take a single digital camera.
The good news is that High Definition (HD) analogue cameras have tremendously increased the resolution and picture quality, giving the digital systems a serious run for their money. Calder Security offers analogue HD systems where you can get 4- or 5-megapixel cameras for better surveillance footage.
An IP (Internet Protocol) system consists of digital video cameras that send and receive real-time compressed digital data wirelessly through the internet. This can also be done using an ethernet cable connected to a router or modem. IP cameras have their own IP/MAC addresses, which enables them to be easily added to any pre-existing network infrastructure.
IP cameras have better image resolution than analogue cameras, and what’s great is that the image quality keeps getting better and better with each iteration. Additionally, digital cameras generally have zoom-in capabilities which are very beneficial for surveillance purposes. This, however, results in a higher initial cost and more bandwidth and storage resources than the analogue camera systems.
Multiple sensors enable them to cover a larger area than the analogue ones and due to fewer cables involved, it makes the installation process easier and quicker.
These types of camera can be specialized to work at either day or night – rain or snow. They offer a better viewing experience and are also widely suggested by many law authorities.
Digital CCTV systems offer extra security because the data sent is encrypted, which means it is fully secure when being transmitted, and safe from hackers.
WHAT CCTV-RELATED SERVICES DO WE OFFER?
A combination of professional installation and monitoring services will guarantee your utmost safety. Regular maintenance and fault repairs will ensure that the CCTV security system works as it should, keeping criminals away from your property.
CCTV cameras are very efficient at capturing every moment as they happen within your home and business and, therefore, provide the perfect deterrent (or evidence) that can send a burglar to prison and serve full jail-term behind bars.
We can design, supply, and install a range of domestic and commercial CCTV systems, offer both analogue HD and IP cameras and can advise on the best solution for your home and business.
Our team of highly-skilled SSAIB-approved installers work with utmost precision and expertise to install your cameras around your home and business.
Before we install your system, our team of professionals will assess your property to find the best spots to fit the cameras. Installation positions are crucial and can make or break the system. Certain areas need surveillance because there is a risk of a break-in or there are valuables stored. Our experts will assess your property with you to determine which areas need surveillance.
Once our installers have done their job, they will provide extensive training on the equipment installed to ensure you know how to handle the system and use it to your advantage.
After installing your CCTV systems, we don’t leave you to struggle to maintain your system. We offer professional CCTV system maintenance services so your property is safe from burglars, 24/7.
Regular maintenance is crucial for any great working system and we recommend that you have maintenance checks for your CCTV system at least once every year.
During our maintenance visits, we check a few things to make sure everything is running as smoothly as it should.
We first run a visual assessment of the system to make sure it’s okay. We also check the cabling system for any fault, clean the lenses so your cameras can record clear images, and remove dust and debris that have accumulated over time. We then check your system’s playback and recording quality, and if applicable, also run remote signalling tests.
As discussed above, there are a lot of ways through which CCTV cameras deter burglaries from happening. One of those ways is by monitoring your home or business property 24/7 via a professional monitoring service.
With live monitoring, buglers don’t stand a chance of successfully entering your property.
Our expert Calder security monitoring team works round-the-clock at Our trusted Remote Video Receiving Centres (RVRC) to make sure there is no break-in at your property. What this means is that we monitor your premises every second of the day, noticing any security breach immediately, and taking the appropriate action such as informing the owners or the relevant authorities.
When inspecting your CCTV cameras for any fault, we make sure to repair all the faulty components, even if we didn’t install your CCTV system.
Our highly-skilled SSAIB-accredited contractors work fast and very efficiently to get your system up and running in a short time, irrespective of the type of system you have installed.
Our aim is not just to repair your CCTV security system, but also to make sure your system works at its best at all times, which is when it can stop burglars from breaking into your premises.
WHY CHOOSE CALDER SECURITY FOR YOUR CCTV SECURITY SYSTEM NEEDS?
We are Yorkshire’s leading independent security company and we offer you complete CCTV security system services helping both home and business owners prevent burglaries.
Here is why you should choose us for all your CCTV needs:
- We can design, supply, and install a range of domestic and commercial CCTV systems.
- We offer both analogue HD and IP camera systems and can advise on the best solution for your home and business needs.
- We have qualified security specialist engineers to help you every step along the way.
- We are SSAIB approved installers and follow all the best practices in the industry.
- We do not compromise on quality and ensure your utmost safety by installing only high-quality, state-of-the-art CCTV equipment.
- We’ve been in the security industry since 1976 and are specialists at what we do.
- We provide full training on equipment provided. We won’t just install your CCTV monitoring system and leave. We always make sure our customers are comfortable with the equipment and know-how to use it properly.
- You can call us even if you already have a system installed. We can add additional cameras to your existing systems or reveal vulnerabilities.
- For our CCTV monitoring services, we use trusted Remote Video Receiving Centres (RVRC). You can rely on us for your safety and security needs. Know that you are in safe, capable hands.
- We are experienced in repairing a range of CCTV systems.
- We can recommend and guide you to make improvements to your CCTV systems including better positioning of the cameras.
- We are experts in repairing both analogue and IP camera systems.
- We provide timely appointments to our valued customers. We would hate for you to wait.
- We are a Wakefield based company, covering the entire West Yorkshire region and beyond.
Calder Security offers comprehensive security system services for all your needs. Keep yourselves, your loved ones, and your property safe and protected. Contact us for a quote for CCTV monitoring systems right away!
WHAT OTHER SECURITY MEASURES PREVENT BURGLARIES?
In addition to CCTV security systems, there is so much you can do to prevent burglaries. Basic security measures such as locking the doors and integration of security systems such as CCTV and burglar alarms are guaranteed to burgle-proof your property and guarantee your safety and security.
HIGH-QUALITY DOOR LOCKS
The idea here isn’t just to deter burglars but to make your home and business hard to break into.
High-quality locks are your first line of defence against an intruder and therefore should be your priority in terms of your physical security. Having locks that are easy to break is just as good as leaving your doors and windows open. Pretty useless.
Standard euro-cylinder locks are easy to break using a very simple, easy, and quiet method called lock snapping. All it takes is a few seconds, some DIY tools, and a bit of strength.
We, at Calder Security, are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) and can supply and work on a vast range of locking mechanisms that are anti-snap and hard to break.
BURGLAR ALARM SYSTEMS
Burglar alarm systems integrate seamlessly with CCTV systems and provide a tough defence against burglars and intruders.
A burglar alarm works using a series of sensors that go off as soon as any suspicious activity is reported.
These come in two main variants; bells-only and monitored burglar alarms.
The bells-only burglar alarm uses sounds, and sometimes flashing lights, to activate the sensor. Since these burglar alarms aren’t monitored by a third-party, they rely on the owners and people nearby to take action as soon as the alarm is triggered, which is why they aren’t particularly effective for properties in secluded and isolated areas.
Monitored burglar alarms work exactly like the bells-only alarm with the additional feature of them being monitored 24/7 by a professional burglar alarm monitoring service. In the event of the alarm being triggered, the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) contacts you, your family, someone trustworthy that you’d like to be notified, or sometimes even the police in case of a break-in.