Smile! Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems are indeed an effective deterrent against burglars and other crimes.
In a 2012 study, over 400 incarcerated burglars were surveyed regarding what prompted them to select or ignore a particular target.
Furthermore, over 40 percent of the study’s participants said the presence of a CCTV system was definitely a deciding factor when opting to target a different location.
In this post, you’ll learn why the use of surveillance systems is crucial to preventing burglaries, how they aid in the protection of assets and employees, ways to evaluate the cost effectiveness of new tech, and how these systems aid and improve public safety.
Why CCTV systems are effective deterrents
The integrity of any criminal’s career (a misnomer, if there ever was one) is contingent on one thing — never getting caught.
CCTV system installations, much to the chagrin of criminals, always provides them with an unwanted accomplice.
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” and those words might just come in the form of a charge sheet.
The previously mentioned study found that security cameras and alarm systems were by far the most effective deterrents to breaking and entering, followed by the building actually being occupied by people.
Above all, though, CCTV system networks and their associated alarms are capable of connecting directly with law enforcement agencies.
Upon a break-in or other alarm triggering event, police are notified and first responders are immediately dispatched to the scene. Criminals are well aware of these features, and as such, will adjust their actions accordingly.
It’s also important to consider that the majority of the inmates surveyed admitted their crimes were not planned in advance. But of the people that did plan ahead, the process only lasted for one to three days.
Based on these facts, the high potential of a security camera system acting as an effective deterrent against burglary and other crimes is strongly reinforced.
Despite this, from April 2014 to March 2015, there were over 214,000 non-domestic burglaries recorded by police throughout England and Wales.
Protecting assets and employees
The true costs of stolen assets, compromised site security, and employee safety risks are often difficult to calculate until after the crimes have already occurred.
In 2015, theft in the United Kingdom led to retailers losing over 613 million Pounds.
The use of CCTV cameras in department stores, for example, is a critical factor when attempting to manage and mitigate losses incurred due to shoplifting and employee theft.
Increased security measures help to:
- Reduce shrink
- Increase product availability
- Secure and improve profits
- Improve customer service
- Improve employee safety
When coupled with proper employee training, these systems help retailers and other businesses maximize their security system investments.
In addition to protecting inventory, the use of security cameras decreases the risk of violent attacks. With increased security, businesses can operate with more confidence while simultaneously alleviating the high costs associated with theft and other crimes.
Moreover, proper implementation of security cameras bolsters the safety of workers in the event of an actual confrontation with a suspected criminal.
The financial benefits of increased security measures aren’t limited to the businesses which implement them, either.
By ensuring the reduction of losses, price increases are avoided and the positive impacts are passed onto the consumer, as well as the local economy.
Improving tech and cost effectiveness
Improved technology, manufacturing processes, and increased availability are changing how businesses approach surveillance and loss prevention.
However, not every security camera system needs to be cutting-edge in order to effectively prevent crime and reduce losses.
If your business already has a camera and alarm system in place, chances are good the existing equipment can be seamlessly incorporated into systems with improved technology, driving down the initially high costs.
A security systems’ ability to capture high-quality footage has also become a crucial factor in the event of an incident and the subsequent legal actions.
While security cameras do in fact deter theft and other crimes, such as vandalism, offenders are more likely to remain at large if the video quality prevents identification (and thus prosecution).
Although recouping the initial costs of installing security systems varies with each case, their implementation guarantees that the high costs of theft and other crimes are prevented (or at the very least, greatly reduced).
If the high costs are prohibiting your business from installing new security measures, CCTV leasing could help further reduce the expenditures.
Improving public safety
Proof of the efficacy of public security surveillance systems can be found in the manhunt which followed the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
Immediately after the attack authorities began combing through footage captured by the city’s surveillance cameras.
Upon identifying the potential suspects using footage found on the city’s camera system, the images were released to the public for assistance in identification. The guilty parties were located within a matter of days.
City officials in Chicago, affectionately nicknamed “Chiraq” due to its high rate of violence, have also attested to the importance of CCTV surveillance.
In an interview with the local CBS news station, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “[Surveillance cameras] serve an important function for the city in providing the type of safety on a day-to-day basis.”
Baltimore, another major city utilizing public surveillance systems, has witnessed reduced crime following camera installations, even in areas outside their view.
Interestingly, both cities were able to recoup the costs as crime was averted and reduced.
The practicality of this public surveillance technology in helping to prevent or solve crimes is, however, contingent on the proper application of resources.
Their use in Boston, Chicago, and Baltimore all depend on the people behind the cameras (much like the employees monitoring the CCTV system in your business).
The most effective systems will always have properly trained staff monitoring the camera feeds.
Protecting your assets with B2B
To learn more about how to protect your business, assets, and employees with a modern CCTV system, submit an inquiry here.
B2B will evaluate your needs in terms of specification and cost which is then followed by a risk assessment using clearly defined objectives.
Let us help ensure your business and investments remain secure with the smooth implementation of unique system installations and staff training services.