Experience proves that CCTV systems can be one of the most effective ways to deter and convict criminals. Whether they’re installed at home or in the workplace, they significantly reduce the likelihood that your premises will fall victim to unlawful activity, and they will improve the chances of a conviction in the event that a break-in or trespass does occur.
Yet not all CCTV systems are created equal. If you want to make the most of yours, here are three simple ways to increase its effectiveness…
- Make it visible
One of the main purposes of CCTV is to deter crime, but if would-be criminals don’t know it’s there, it is impossible for it to perform as intended. Thus, if you want to make sure that anyone considering an unlawful act feels like the risk of being caught is too great to proceed, you’ll have to place your cameras in a visible location and install an appropriate signage system to inform viewers of their presence. This is not only necessary by law but it has also been shown to make both assault and theft significantly less likely to occur in workplace settings.
- Don’t leave any blind spots
Aside from acting as a deterrent to criminal activity, CCTV can also be used to help capture and prosecute those who behave unlawfully – but it can only do this if they’re caught on camera. This means that it’s important not to leave blind spots, so always check that your premises is fully covered and all areas are clearly caught on tape to maximise the effectiveness of your installation.
- Use HD CCTV
As we mentioned above, CCTV systems can help to identify and convict those who have committed a crime, but they’re of little use if the images they capture are blurred or poor quality. The simplest way to remedy this is by looking at high-quality HD systems, such as those offered by I-HT Ltd, so that photographic evidence is clear enough to use to your advantage.
Follow these three top tips today to protect your premises, and make your CCTV system work for you.