In addition to security fencing, many UK companies and organisations employ CCTV cameras in order to protect themselves from intruders and other criminals. But are CCTV cameras a worthwhile investment for your business? We want to help you make the best possible decisions about security. That’s why we’ve dug into the statistics to find out key reasons why CCTV cameras are a wise choice for businesses that want to protect themselves with additional security measures.
1. Widespread usage
There are an estimated 1.85 million CCTV cameras in the UK, and most of them are owned by private companies and organisations. That means they are one of the most popular private security measures in the country. Most businesses utilise CCTV, which suggests widespread confidence in their efficacy. Unfortunately, it also means that businesses without CCTV cameras are exceptions to the rule and may be targeted by criminals who see them as soft targets. It may therefore be advisable to invest in CCTV cameras to keep up with the security standards set by your competitors and avoid being singled out by opportunistic intruders.
2. National crime reduction
Since 1995, national crime rates have fallen by approximately 60%. Of course, it’s impossible to ascribe this decline to any one cause. However, many experts believe that the rise of HD CCTV has played an important part in bringing about this reduction in crime. For example, Martin Gren, a security professional who was voted ‘most influential person in security’ in 2013, has commented that “the declining crime trend has most likely been helped by high definition cameras”. It seems that CCTV cameras are very effective deterrents and crime-prevention tools.
3. CCTV-based crime-solving
1 in every 1,000 crimes is solved because of CCTV. This doesn’t sound like a huge number, but it’s important to put it in context. Very few crimes are solved because of just one factor: CCTV footage, eye-witness accounts, DNA evidence and other clues usually have to be used in conjunction to solve a crime. CCTV is the sole reason that 1 in every 1,000 crimes is solved, but it is a crucial supporting element in hundreds of other cases. In comparison, DNA is only responsible for solving 1 in every 1,300 crimes, making CCTV a more effective criminal investigation tool.
Investing in CCTV can help you keep up with the security standards of your sector and deter would-be intruders very effectively. If a crime is committed against your business, there’s a small chance that CCTV alone will provide the evidence needed to solve it. Having looked at all the available data, we feel that CCTV is a sensible investment for any business.
Here at Zaun, we sell a wide range of CCTV solutions alongside our security fencing, alarms and other security apparatus. Check out our range of products today for more information.