With the unfortunate rise in crime in Cape Town and around South Africa we now see a rapid increase in CCTV installations at businesses and also private homes. There are many benefits of using a CCTV security system and some are obvious, others less so. There is however a number of immediate and tangible benefits after having a CCTV system installed.
“Increased deterrent – CCTV systems are a great deterrent to potential thieves. Once they realise that your home or business is protected by a closed circuit television system they invariably choose to go somewhere else.
Safer working environment – CCTV helps to ensure adherence to health and safety policies and can be invaluable in staff training.
Reduced retail theft – shop lifters deliberately target businesses with poor security and will think twice if there is an increased risk they may be caught on camera.
Increased detection – the prosecution rates for businesses / home owners using CCTV is many times higher than that for those without CCTV. If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime at least there will be a strong chance of detection and conviction.
Eliminate fraudulent insurance claims – in an increasingly litigious society is has never been more important to protect your business against claims that are not legitimate. CCTV can eliminate this and reduce your premiums.
Remote monitoring – keep an eye on your home or business when you aren’t there. CCTV systems can be viewed and controlled remotely over the internet (via an iPhone, laptop etc). In addition to this you have the option of an independent 24/7 monitoring service.
Reduced fear of crime – knowing you are well protected gives a feeling of security that should not be underestimated (ask anyone who has been burgled how they felt immediately after it occurred).
Receive warnings in advance – CCTV systems can alert you of any suspicious activity (via text or email), enabling you to view what’s happening and if necessary notify the police BEFORE a crime has been committed.”
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