Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is ubiquitous CCTV and is one of the biggest deterrents to burglaries and theft both in the business and residential sectors. A direct correlation between declining burglaries and increased CCTV coverage has been proven. At Adeva we have following tips on CCTV best practice and how to avoid making mistakes.
Seek professional advice or risk thinking you are secure when essentially you have installed a CCTV system that is not fit for purpose. “Do it yourselfers” risk not having the correct video storage settings, blind spots or violating any laws surrounding the use of CCTV.
Continuing from above, too many homes and businesses tend to fail to backup video footage or store it for long enough. With cheap and accessible cloud storage of hard drive storage, CCTV video and stills should be stored and backed up for a sensible period. More often than not, a theft may not be immediately alerted and having the flexibility to refer back to any given date is imperative.
Inline with not trying to go it alone but ensuring you use a professional CCTV security firm, make sure that there are multiple audits of the property to be monitored to include:
There is no doubt that a seasoned burglar can tell the difference between a real CCTV camera and a fake setup – do not sit back and think that a fake CCTV camera will deter the determined.
Modern CCTV systems can often override the need to complex cabling or direct access to an energy source. This is particularly attractive to bigger properties and businesses who may have a larger area to monitor.
Seek professional advice from the security firm installing your CCTV. As a business there may be legal requirements to ensure you stay within the law – this typically involves complying with data protection aspects.
Residential CCTV users should also be sensitive to neighbours as the prospect of a CCTV camera straying into their porch or garden may cause conflict and while home users are not currently covered by the Privacy Act 1988, a common-sense approach should be used.
Adeva Security provide a wide range of CCTV consultancy and CCTV installation services for both business and residential users. Talk to our team today on 1300 773 633 to see how we can help make your premises safer.