When it comes to keeping your property secure, there are a number of different routes you can go down. To the point where it can be a bit overwhelming! One of the things we’re asked about most often is CCTV remote monitoring systems – specifically what they are, and what extra value they bring to your security systems. So today we want to answer that question so you can decide if CCTV monitoring is right for you.
What Exactly Is CCTV Monitoring?
Simply put, remote monitoring is when your CCTV systems are connected to a separate control centre (also known as an ARC, Alarm Receiving Centre). At this control centre, you will find skilled operators who can monitor activity on the site. If any unusual activity occurs, then the team will be able to investigate and act appropriately, keeping your premises safe.
It’s one of the more proactive forms of security and is often used by businesses and construction firms to ensure their sites are safe and not broken into when they are vacant. That being said, it can also be used in residential properties too, particularly if you have a lot of valuables inside, or your home is left empty for long periods of time and you want to make sure everything is safe.
How Does CCTV Monitoring Work?
Most people are pretty familiar with CCTV systems. But remote monitoring CCTV is a step further than your standard domestic camera system. Once again, your CCTV systems can be connected directly to an ARC using your internet connection, so the footage can be reviewed live by an operator at any time you choose. So if an intruder was to enter your home or premises, the system would send an alert to the ARC, and the operator could view the live footage and contact keyholders or the police to handle the intruder. In order to do this your CCTV systems do have to be BS8418 compliant, which might mean you need to upgrade before you can get started. But once it’s all up and running, it adds another layer of security to your CCTV system.
The Business Benefits Of CCTV Monitoring
The biggest benefit of CCTV monitoring has to be deterring crime. Which is good, because that’s the whole point! Having a CCTV system installed will deter many burglars, as well as other types of criminals or vandals that might want to harm your property. According to statistics from the ONS 63% of burglaries in the UK happen in homes without a basic security system, showcasing just how effective CCTV can be.
For workplaces, CCTV monitoring can also work wonders to keep workers and customers on their best behaviour. Knowing that they are not only being recorded, but that the cameras are monitored means that staff members think twice about doing something they shouldn’t, and customers will make sure they’re in the clear. People determined to commit a crime will look for a gap in the CCTV net – which is why businesses need to make sure there isn’t one!
They also allow businesses to provide evidence of any crimes that do happen, which means the culprits can be found and prosecuted, and any property they stole returned. This gives business owners peace of mind knowing that their premises are being monitored and kept safe, even when they aren’t there to keep an eye on things.
At Securifix we specialise in providing complete security solutions for your business or home. Our experts can visit your property, assess its weaknesses and discuss your needs, before designing a security system that will keep your property (and everyone in it) safe all year round. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with the team today and book your free consultation.