CCTV systems have become something of a staple of the security and premises operations industries in recent years. Whilst some feel uncomfortable about the proliferation of video surveillance systems, they should be reassured by the significant benefits that these systems can bring to any potentially vulnerable premises.
First and foremost, it’s worth bearing in mind that CCTV systems are fundamentally well-intentioned. They are designed to deter, and provide evidence against, those up to no good, rather than monitor those going about their normal daily business. In this role as a deterrent, they have already proven most effective. A recent UK study reported a 51 per cent drop in crime in public car parks, a 23 per cent crime reduction on public transportation, and a 7 per cent reduction in crime in public premises. The latter may seem a small drop, but it is still convincing evidence that criminals are being stopped in their tracks by CCTV security systems.
Beyond the statistics, there is a strong argument that CCTV increases the sense of security and generally boosts the morale of those working in public buildings, or travelling on public transport. On the whole, those travelling late at night, or working late in offices, feel more reassured knowing that public areas such as car parks and forecourts are being monitored.
Finally, video surveillance systems continue to play an important, sometimes pivotal role in the criminal justice system, often providing clinching pieces of evidence in cases which might otherwise be difficult to resolve.