CCTV is an increasingly popular solution for protecting your home – but why? Let’s take a look at 5 benefits of installing CCTV on your property.
- Visual deterrent to potential criminals
When burglars are planning which house they will target, it goes without saying that they are looking for somewhere where they know they won’t get caught! If your home has CCTV fitted on the exterior, they know this will increase the risk of getting caught, and thus will be deterred from entering your property.
In order to maximise the effectiveness of CCTV as a deterrent, make sure that you advertise that it is present on your property. This might mean putting up signs stating that you have operational CCTV cameras recording at all times, or also installing a motion activated light.
- Monitor the interior and/or exterior of your home from wherever you are
CCTV can monitor an area as wide or targeted as you require. This means that it can be installed to give you a view of every aspect of the interior and exterior of the home if you so desire. This can be particularly useful for those with limited mobility, giving them the peace of mind that their home is free from intruders.
If you have any blindspots on the property that cannot be viewed from your window or doors, CCTV installers X will be able to set up the cameras so that they target these specific areas, removing the blindspot altogether. This is essential for vulnerable people such as the elderly or single women who don’t want to have to investigate a noise alone in the dark.
It can also allow you to view the cameras whilst you are away on holiday, so you can be rest assured that nothing has been stolen in your absence.
- Helps with identifying and prosecuting burglars
If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, CCTV can provide the police with evidence that they can use to identify and convict the criminal. The key here is to ensure that your CCTV camera has a high enough resolution that facial recognition technology can recognise the identity of the burglar.
- Saves you money on your home insurance
In some cases, having CCTV can lead to lower home insurance premiums. This is because insurers will ask you questions to determine how secure your home is, and those that are more secure are deemed to be less likely to be burgled.
However, not all insurers will specifically ask if you have CCTV, and so lower premiums are not a guarantee. Nevertheless, installing CCTV will make your home more secure, reducing the risk of break ins, and thus you are less likely to need to claim your insurance, lowering your premiums in the long run.
- Can be linked with other home security options
In the age of technology, there is increasing emphasis on interconnectivity – and CCTV is no different! More recent CCTV systems can be connected to other home security equipment, such as motion detectors, lights, intruder alarms, and even doorbells, to create a comprehensive home security system that can be controlled from your smartphone.
Overall, there are numerous benefits of installing CCTV in your home – these five examples are just the beginning!