Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance refers to a system of video feeds that are transmitted within a closed system from various security cameras. Only authorized users can access CCTV video streams.
I remember when my father got his car stolen from our home. He’d driven home for lunch, locked up his car and stepped into the house. When he emerged 15 minutes later and tried to slide his keys into the driver’s door, his key slid into nothing but empty air.
It was then he noticed his Mercedes was missing. Standing there feeling foolish, he stared at his empty parking space then up and down the street. Not a single soul in sight. No witnesses.
The thieves were never caught and he never got his car back. But just imagine the difference it would have made if there had been even a single CCTV camera on that street.
Locked doors can be broken. Fences can be scaled. Security measures bypassed. But a well installed CCTV system will capture a crime no one was meant to see.
Video surveillance is the eye that watches for you when you aren’t there. And unlike a security guard, a top notch home security system never rests.
- Secure your video recorder or data banks in a hidden and locked place. CCTV is useless if an intruder can find, remove and destroy recorded evidence.
- Your cameras’ location should afford it a line of sight to monitor every inch of your property. If not, blind spots can and will be exploited by intruders.
- Frequently inspect your equipment. Both cameras and monitors should be frequently inspected and maintained to ensure both are working fine. If one is working while the other isn’t, the system has failed.
- Make sure your video recorder has the capacity to store up to 7 days’ worth of video.
- Do not purchase a security system too complicated or sophisticated for you to personally handle. Multiple outside hands fiddling with your security system opens you up to infiltration.
- Consider hiring a tested and trusted company to professionally maintain your CCTV system. This is to ensure optimal performance and avoid breakdown of your system.
To inform your decision on what CCTV system to get, below is a list of easily purchasable cameras.
- Bullet Type Cameras, are designed to capture images only in a fixed area.
- Dome Cameras, are designed for inside stores or business halls because of their unobtrusive nature.
- Discreet CCTVs, are hidden or disguised cameras.
- Infrared Cameras, are designed for night time viewing.
- Day/Night Cameras, work 24/7 and adjust to meet day and night lighting requirements.
- Network Cameras, allow for images to be transmitted via internet from camera to monitor.
- Wireless Cameras, are usually cordless.
- High Definition Cameras, are for more detailed and clearer images.