In a country where nearly 24 percent of property crimes are classified as burglary, it’s imperative to have tools that will keep your home and business safe. Home and commercial security systems are among the foremost tools that come to mind.
But are these surveillance camera systems really effective as a deterrent?
The Electronic Security Association (ESA) reports that security cameras play a crucial role in fighting in-home crime, thereby saving lives and preventing financial turmoil. This is confirmed by research and statistics from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice that shows a reduction in burglaries when the number of home surveillance systems were used.
An ESA study reveals that 83 percent of burglars first assess if potential targets have home security systems, including surveillance cameras. Criminals, on seeing a camera system, will skip that home or business and move on to the next.
Thieves often look for the easiest way in, the most convenient cover and the fastest way out. All these become harder to achieve when surveillance cameras are installed. Location of the alarms and cameras is key. Whether you’re using cameras that have mobile capabilities or state-of-the-art cameras with door and window sensors, their placement is vital to scaring off would-be thieves.
For best results, Officer Julio Blanco from the Miami Beach police says that home surveillance cameras must be perfectly positioned to capture all angles of the home – entry points, exits, and within the house, particularly. Wide-angle cameras are helpful especially when they are positioned near eye level, since low positioning helps detect facial features and helps identify people exhibiting suspicious activity prior to a break-in.
However, you also want to make sure that your cameras are visible but placed out of reach (such as up on poles or high up on a wall). If they can, would-be-burglars will obstruct the camera’s view to avoid detection.
Modern cameras can pan, follow subjects, and zoom into faces also tend to intimidate burglars more. High-definition surveillance cameras are often more expensive than your run-of-the-mill camera, but they go the extra mile in facial recognition.
Capture and prevent
As a whole, surveillance cameras do not simply assist in scaring crooks away. They also help capture criminals. Well-positioned, high-definition cameras are a valuable tool for authorities when they identify thieves. Not only do security cameras integrate facial recognition features that help in identifying criminals, but video surveillance footage also serves as hard evidence in filing reports against them and getting a conviction.
In the long term, the impact of surveillance cameras goes beyond the home and business. By reducing property crime and getting burglars off the streets, surveillance cameras also make for safer business districts and more livable communities.