A decade ago, closed circuit television systems were a security luxury, only used by high profile people or in buildings with high value contents. However, now that the technology is coming down in price it is becoming more popular with property owners and small businesses. Private and public CCTV footage has been used to identify and catch offenders, making it a valuable crime prevention tool. If you’re wondering whether you need to install CCTV at your home or business, take a look at the following considerations.

Are you vulnerable to crime?

Anyone can become a victim of theft, but if you live in an area with high crime or have noticed a rise in anti-social behaviour you may be more vulnerable. If you have a high level of stock or something particularly valuable to protect, you may wish to bump up security measures. Installing CCTV not only deters criminals, as they don’t want to be caught, but should an incident take place the footage can help police identify the offenders. If you think your home or business is vulnerable to any sort of crime, it is a good idea to install CCTV and an alarm system.

Is it worth the cost?

This is a question which many business owners used to ask themselves, however now that the cost of CCTV has rapidly decreased, the answer is usually YES. If you think about how much you could lose in the event of a break in, the cost of maintaining CCTV 24/7 is totally justified.

Do you worry about your property and assets when you’re not around?

It is normal to worry about the safety of your home or business when you’re not there, for example during the night or if you go away on holiday. However, this uneasiness can ruin holidays or make people extremely anxious and affect their health. Installing CCTV is an excellent way to put your worries at bay, as not only is it an extra security measure, but it gives you the peace of mind of seeing what is going on at your property in real time. CCTV recordings can be viewed remotely on laptops, tablets and even mobile phones so you can check up on your property as often as you need to.

Almost all businesses have CCTV now, and it is also being installed in many domestic properties too. Can you really afford not to install CCTV? If you have any questions or need advice about the right CCTV system for your needs, get in touch with our experts.