No one would doubt that our closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems boast technologically advanced cameras. They can zoom in. They can rotate. They can even record in high resolution.
But here’s the real question: Can CCTVs help you detect crime and potential security breaches before they happen and prevent serious losses?
The answer is, well, yes and no.
CCTV’s Need Trained Security Guards at the Helm
Though CCTVs operate automatically, they’re at their most effective with a person behind the monitor. Indeed, no CCTV can stop a break-in by itself, but with the aid of an alert security guard, they can provide advanced notice that will help stop a crime in progress—or before it even begins.
Location Matters for CCTV Success
Though people are an important part of any security system, specific situations and environments matter, too. Suppose your business is situated in a high-crime area, a place where people have grown used to seeing cameras peeping out at them. In such places, a CCTV system won’t do much to deter break-ins. In a low-crime area, though, it would be an entirely different matter. The mere thought of a lens recording a perpetrator’s actions stops many break-ins before they even start.
Advanced Technology: Not All CCTVs Are Equal
Of course, the fact that CCTVs come with advanced features also has an impact. Once a break-in begins, the presence of equipment that detects sounds, arms when alerted to movement, and syncs with mobile devices helps alert property owners virtually instantaneously. Make no mistake: These systems go far beyond passive recording and into active prevention.
A Trusted Security Company As a Partner
A final piece of the CCTV puzzle is a third-party security company, the kind that provides both the technology and the service to connect with a client before, during, and after incidents. Sure, you can self-manage a CCTV system, but a company can take an otherwise challenging chore and make it easy. What can such a company provide? Notification of suspicious activities. Automatic alarms. Alerting the authorities when a breach occurs. Remotely locking down a building. With such steps, you can rest easy knowing that your risk of loss is minimized.