Protect your home with a security camera system
Burglary is on the increase, but installing security cameras can help to deter intruders and keep your home protected.
Burglary is on the rise in Britain, with incidences increasing by 5% in the past couple of years. Being the victim of a break-in can be an upsetting experience, leaving you out of pocket and feeling unsafe in your own home.
However, by installing a CCTV system in your home, you can help to protect your property against intruders.
The thought of being caught on CCTV can be a big deterrent to potential thieves. It offers visible protection to your home and is much more effective than a burglar alarm, which tend to be largely ignored these days due to them going off so often. In fact, research shows that homes with security cameras are 90% less likely to be burgled than those without. As well as protecting you against intruders, it can also reduce the risk of other crimes such as vandalism or anti-social behaviour.
CCTV undoubtedly reduces your risk of break-ins but, if the worst does happen, and you are burgled, it can also help to bring the culprits to justice and increase the likelihood of you recovering your belongings. A good quality camera will give you clear footage of the intruders that the police could potentially use to identify the people involved. There are even dedicated groups on Facebook where people can share footage of crimes being committed in the hope that someone may recognise the culprits – some posts have even led to prosecutions.
Fitting your home with CCTV may sound a little daunting, but today’s security systems are actually fairly quick and easy to install. Almost anyone can install their own system but, if you’re unsure, most suppliers will fit it for you as part of the service. Some suppliers, such as this provider of CCTV, Chelmsford, will also teach you how to monitor and control your CCTV to ensure you get the most out of it. What’s more, with home cameras available for between £100 and £300, CCTV can also be a cost-effective home security solution.
Choosing the right system
These days there are lots of options out there when it comes to security camera systems, so do a little research and make sure you get a system that meets your needs. Many of today’s CCTV system can be linked with a mobile app which enable you to check the live footage on the go, giving you confidence and peace of mind when you’re away from home. Used this way they can also double up as a pet-cam or as a way to keep an eye on vulnerable relatives.
If you’re considering installing CCTV on your property, you need to be aware of the relevant regulations and restrictions. In the UK, homeowners need to comply with specific laws and you could be forced to remove the cameras if you fail to do so. The main issues are around data protection, and you need to ensure that the placement of cameras protects the privacy of neighbours and passers by as much as possible, as well as avoiding filming any public areas (including the pavement outside your home).
Additional security measures
CCTV can be a really effective way of protecting your home, but for best results it’s always a good idea to combine it with additional security measures. Make sure your doors and windows are secure with good quality locks, install security lighting, eliminate potential hiding places for burglars, and be careful about what information you post on social media.
By exercising common sense and taking sensible precautions, you can help to keep your home safe and secure.