The Usefulness of CCTV Systems in Deterring Crime.
People have used Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Security Systems all over the world to help reduce Criminal activities. Most CCTV systems have reduced some attacks which include property crimes, crimes of car parks and offenses in public areas. CCTV surveillance also makes citizens feel safe. CCTV systems can watch an average person for up to 300 times or more. Security has a result been reinforced by this.
Features that gage the efficiency of the CCTV systems.
One feature is Publicity. Potential criminals could fear to attack a place if the existence of CCTV systems is publicly known. In case the existence of the CCTV cameras is not publicly known, criminals might end up attacking the place since there is nothing to fear.
Another step of assessing CCTV competency is the fear of being trapped in a criminal offense. When the could-be criminals consider the possibility of being charged in a law court with an evidence of CCTV video, they decide not to engage in criminal activity.
Quick deployment of police officers in crime scenes marks another success in combating crimes. CCTV systems enables the police to be deployed to a crime scene in a fast way without necessarily involving an open individual min alerting them. IT is easy for CCTV operators to know the number of cops to send to a crime scene. Before the arrival of police officers to a crime scene, CCTV systems can show what the offenders were doing.
A record of everything throughout the offense time is another indicator for CCTV competence. The effectiveness of CCTV systems has increased such that even a crime that happens swiftly can be captured. This has led to a sharp decline in vehicle crimes in CCTV guarded stations.
Although CCTV cameras seem to deter crime in public areas such as shopping malls, and car parks, the systems are not very efficient in combating violent crimes. Even though the systems work well in deploying security officers to scenes of crimes, offenders might avoid CCTV coverage by engaging in violence in places where the CCTV does not cover. Drunks seem not to fear CCTV coverage and might end up engaging in violence even in such areas.
CCTV systems have done some good job in making the public members fear to commit crimes, and also using police officers when there is need to. In order to ensure that CCTV surveillance complies with the law, the law enforcement should periodically do CCTV audits on criminal data records. Crime can also be well reduced when the CCTV operators are well trained and know when and how to deploy police officers to a crime scene immediately.