CCTV is a standard tool for most businesses these days, but its importance cannot be overstated. If you’re doubting whether or not you should invest in CCTV for your organization, we’ve broken down its benefits so that you can make an informed decision.
What is CCTV?
CCTV stands for closed-circuit television and is basically comprised of a live and recorded video feed that stores images for later surveillance. These days, CCTV in its original form, i.e., a hard-wired camera system, has been overtaken by digital, WIFI-based camera systems. That being said, these systems are still referred to as CCTV.
CCTV cameras are placed within and along the perimeter of your organization as a way of monitoring who comes in and out, deterring crimes, and watching for threats. It can also serve as a tracking tool for police during investigations, as a means of locating perpetrators and even victims.
Modern CCTV cameras typically have infrared and thermal capabilities as well, enabling them to pick up heat signatures and more when standard video feeds aren’t enough. That being said, how you set up these cameras is important to ensure their success.
How to Set Up Your CCTV
CCTV cameras work best when they're part of a network, meaning that multiple should be setup equal distance from each other along the perimeter of your organization. Their locations should be slightly overlapping one another to ensure that there are no blind spots within the cameras feed. Ample lighting is necessary to get the clearest image possible from the cameras, even with their infrared and thermal capabilities.
Besides cameras set up along the perimeter of your business, it's important to install them along entrance points, exit points and anywhere else you want consistently monitored. At these points, you can also make use of PTZ, or pan, tilt, zoom cameras, which can give very clear images to those monitoring live feeds.
Keep in mind that while automatic tracking using CCTV cameras is possible, it requires a large monetary investment. Instead, having a security professional constantly monitoring your cameras feeds within a control room may work best for your setup.
Making Use of Your System
Remember that CCTV is a valuable tool, and one that requires training to use correctly. If you have a large grid of cameras with someone consistently monitoring feeds, your team needs to be trailed specifically on how to operate CCTV cameras within your grid. The combination of security professionals and cameras is what makes this system so successful. Generally, one works best with the other
CCTV Is by no means a catchall security tool. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with all of your standard security precautions as well as a trained security team. However, investing in a camera grid can be very helpful when it comes to criminal deterrence as well as the apprehension of any perpetrators. For these reasons it's highly recommended that any security team invest in CCTV for their orga
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