Is CCTV Really A Deterrent for Intruders?

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are a crucial component of security systems in New Jersey. In fact, CCTV cameras are the most effective deterrent for commercial burglary, and when an actual burglary occurs, cameras lead to a much higher rate of resolution that occurs in crimes where cameras were not present. In addition, insurance companies favor the use of CCTV cameras, and many policies include discounts for NJ businesses that have cameras monitoring their property.

Employee Theft

Security cameras have many uses beyond just burglaries. CCTV cameras are also the most effective form of deterrent for employee theft, and the vast majority of businesses that install CCTV cameras experience significant drops in loss attributed to employee theft. Most employee theft is casual and done without much thought, and the cameras keep honest people honest by forcing them to think about what they are doing.

Effect on Crime

Crime statistics show that just the presence of CCTV cameras has a very real effect on a wide range of crimes. Businesses with security cameras are much less likely to experience property and vehicle vandalism and theft. They are also less likely to attract loiterers and thus have drug crimes or violent crimes perpetrated on site.

Remote Access

There have also been great advances in security camera technology. Traditionally, access to the cameras was limited to the site, so if a business wanted 24-hour monitoring, it required an around-the-clock security staff. Modern security cameras, however, allow for remote access via the Internet. It is even possible to watch the camera feeds from a smartphone or dashboard computer.

Push Notification

Modern security cameras are also able to provide push notifications. A security camera does less good if a crime occurs and no one is able to see it happen in the moment. Using motion detection and other advanced features, the camera can recognize the event and push the feed to a remote computer in the business owner’s home or a central monitoring station.

Advanced Storage and Retrieval

Modern technology also makes it very easy to store and retrieve large amounts of video data. Gone are the days of having to recycle recording media. NJ businesses can easily store video captured 24 hours a day to the cloud, and they can store video for a year, five years or even an indefinite length of time. It is also easier to retrieve and search for the exact video you need should a crime or accident take place.

More Cost-Effective Than Ever

Security cameras used to be cost-prohibitive for many businesses so many businesses went without. Falling prices on electronics have made cameras and other electronic equipment more affordable than ever, and now, security cameras are a standard component in even the most basic commercial security systems.

Complete Security Systems

If you a business owner considering CCTV-based security systems in New Jersey, then contact CSS.  We are one of the most respected names in the industry, and the company has an impeccable track record of providing outstanding service to its NJ clients. CSS is also a Honeywell-authorized dealer and is proud to install and use the most sophisticated commercial and residential security equipment available.

 

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Lauren M.

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Lauren has been working at Complete Security Systems for over five years now. She is involved in marketing and process improvement at Complete Security Systems and is dedicated to providing clients with the latest security news and advice.
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