CCTV cameras are commonly used to monitor commercial premises such as offices and warehouses. They are useful for deterring criminals, and if a break-in does occur, CCTV footage can serve as evidence of the crime and help the police to identify the perpetrator.
These are all great reasons to protect your business with a CCTV system. But is it worth setting up CCTV cameras outside your home, too?
Bernard Hogan-Howe, the former head of the Metropolitan Police, thinks so. In 2015, he advocated putting CCTV "in every home" to help police detectives solve more crimes.
Here are 4 more reasons why property owners should consider installing CCTV cameras at home...
4 benefits of home CCTV cameras
- Cameras make your home a less attractive target for burglars. If a thief is sizing up your house and trying to decide whether a break-in would be worth the risk of getting caught, the presence of one or more security cameras will generally make them less willing to chance it.
- A robust security system may save you money on insurance premiums. Some insurers will charge you less for home insurance if you make your home less vulnerable to crime, for instance by installing CCTV cameras and/or other security systems.
- If necessary, you'll be able to prove that a break-in occurred. CCTV footage of your property can serve as evidence that a trespasser used force to break into your home. This can be useful if you're trying to make an insurance claim.
- They're not just good for catching burglars. Your CCTV camera may capture footage of crimes that don't involve a break-in. For example, a cyclist in Blackpool who collided with a three-year-old girl and dragged her along the pavement for several metres before fleeing the scene was caught thanks to footage captured by the family's home CCTV camera.
If you choose to install a CCTV camera on your property, please bear in mind that you may be breaking the law if your camera is pointing at public spaces and/or other people's private properties. For this reason, it's a good idea to call in an experienced CCTV installer to recommend the best system for your home.
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