The Effectiveness of CCTV Security Systems in Reducing Crime.
People have used Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Security Systems all over the world to help reduce Criminal activities. Property crimes, CCTV systems have efficiently minimized car park crimes and public place offenses. They have also be used to make Citizens feel safe. CCTV systems can watch an average person for up to 300 times or more. This has helped to enhance security.
Keys of Evaluating CCTV systems.
The first feature is Publicity. When the existence of CCTV cameras is of public knowledge, then the would-be criminals may e4n up leaving the target area and head to another place. In case the existence of the CCTV cameras is not publicly known, criminals might end up attacking the place since there is nothing to fear.
The fear of being caught in the act is another measure of CCTV competency. Potential criminals give up the idea of engaging in criminal activity when they think of being charged in a court with a CCTV footage evidence.
Another implication of CCTC success in the fight against crime is the effective deployment of police officers. CCTV systems enables the police to be deployed to a crime scene in a fast way without necessarily involving an open individual min alerting them. CCTV operators can decide on how many police officers to send to a particular crime scene depending on the nature of the scene. CCTV systems portray the offender’s behavior before the police arrives at a crime scene.
A record of everything throughout the offense time is another indicator for CCTV competence. The effectiveness of CCTV systems has increased such that even a crime that happens swiftly can be captured. This has helped to reduce the theft of cars in car packs in a huge way.
Even though CCTV cameras have been seen to reduce crimes in public areas such as car parks and shopping malls significantly, the system does not work very well in violent crimes. Although the systems help in deploying security officers to violent sites quickly, the offenders might avoid the cameras by using sites that the CCTVs do not cover. Drunks seem not to fear CCTV coverage and might end up engaging in violence even in such areas.
CCTV systems are efficient in increasing the public’s fear of the offense and also ensure those police officers are deployed immediately in case of a criminal incidence. In order to ensure that CCTV surveillance complies with the law, the law enforcement should periodically do CCTV audits on criminal data records. Properly trained CCTV operators can also help to reduce crime since they can efficiently deploy the needed number of police officers at a real time of the crime’s occurrence.