CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) systems are an important security aspect for your business and can help us with your criminal investigation. It is recommended that all businesses install a CCTV system whether it is for basic monitoring or a high resolution security system that can lead to identification or prosecution.
Security surveillance systems have become a staple requirement in environments such as car parks, airports, railway stations, museums - and even some domestic properties - as a means of monitoring the activities of passers-by, visitors and employees; recording any suspicious behaviour that may amount to a criminal offense.
Whether trespassing, theft, or a violent crime, strategically-placed CCTV equipment will transmit video signals from their specific location to a monitor, allowing for a complete view of a certain area so that crime can be prevented then and there, or recorded as evidence for a future case.
In terms of domestic use, security surveillance equipment can offer invaluable insight into the regular visitors to a certain street or who occupy a certain area, allowing for easy identification of unidentified or suspicious visitors.
For a business, CCTV kits installed around a warehouse, office or factory entail that the activity of all employees is constantly monitored and protected. CCTV camera systems can be set-up in many different environments and particular areas so activity can be monitored from all angles; offering a comprehensive view of all areas of your place of business.
Whether for your home or business, you should ensure that your CCTV cameras are protected in a robust, tamper proof housing and that any recording equipment is located in a secure area. Criminals may seek to damage cameras or remove any recording equipment to prevent identification during an investigation.
- Consider installing a digital recording system. A hard drive recording system may be easier to secure.
- Ensure that your system retains footage for at least one month.
- Train staff how to copy footage to provide to police. This allows for an investigation to be progressed without delay.
- If you use a tape system, ensure you change tapes daily.
- Use tapes no more than 12 times.
- Always keep recorded tapes for at least a month.
- Use good quality tapes and, if possible, check their standard through playback on another machine.
- Regularly check that your CCTV images are clear enough to identify people and vehicles.
- Check that the picture is covering the right area.
- Set the correct time and date on the recording equipment.
- Ensure there is enough light to record a clear image.
- Signage must be displayed in the customer area advising that CCTV is in operation
Remember – Good quality CCTV is invaluable to a criminal investigation. Grainy, blurry or otherwise poor quality images may capture a crime taking place but will not allow for any identification to be made.