Ex burglars rate cameras as a very effective way to prevent a break in
Having a camera clearly visible and warning potential intruders your home is protected by CCTV is one of the best ways to prevent burglaries – a survey of ex burglars conducted by Co-op Insurance found it was the number one deterrent for both house and car thefts.
Low usage of the best deterrent
Along with the Co-op’s survey, other articles and advisory websites regarding home security repeatedly state that CCTV is one of the best, if not the best, way of deterring burglars. Despite this, the Co-op’s survey found only 14% of homeowners surveyed have CCTV cameras installed.
Along with putting burglars off, professional CCTV installations can gather valuable evidence if a break in occurs.
Burglars want plain and simple
A deterrent is just that; a means of deterring a burglar from attempting to break in to a property.
In the main burglars will stick to properties offering fewer barriers to easy entry and low chances of being detected – CCTV cameras make a property far less desirable for the burglar so they will likely move on.
CCTV used with other deterrents to multiply security
Ideally, CCTV should be used in conjunction with other known deterrents such as motion activated security lighting, and time honoured methods such as having the television on and interior lights programmed to switch on and off to simulate people being home.
As with CCTV, the Co-op survey revealed low use of security lighting; just 24% of homeowners surveyed had any fitted.
Avoiding basic home security errors
Along with CCTV and other deterrents, not making basic mistakes and so weakening home security is important:
Leaving windows open – the survey revealed over 50% of people sleep with windows open
Leaving doors unlocked – around 24% of people leave doors unlocked while at home
Sharing absences on social media – people on holiday sharing photos from their holiday destination on Facebook and other social media are advertising to thieves that their property is empty
Intruder alarms are another major deterrent, so used in conjunction with CCTV make for a very strong defence against burglary.
A professional expert can help suggest what alarm systems would best suit a given property.
Home security on the move
A major development in home security is the way CCTV can be linked to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets along with computer equipment inside the home including the desktop PC or laptop.
Thanks to connectivity like high speed 4G and wi-fi, it’s possible to view footage from your security cameras on your smartphone while many miles away. Cameras situated by the front door can show you who is outside while you’re working on your desktop PC.
Advances in remote CCTV have helped home security enormously and, with some savvy burglars knowing full well the options provided by remote security, they’ll be even less likely to attempt a break in.
Talk to the expert
Having CCTV installed and choosing the best options for your property is something that, once achieved, will provide ongoing strong home security especially if used with other methods as mentioned earlier.
Ensure you choose an expert who can advise you on the best solution for your circumstances and professionally install it for you.