In today’s fast-paced world, ensuring the safety and security of your home has become more critical than ever. Across England and Wales, in the year ending March 2023, there were 191,490 police-recorded home burglaries. That 525 a day which works out at 165 a second! Criminal activities and unexpected incidents can happen at any time, leaving homeowners concerned about the safety of their loved ones and their valuable possessions. Throughout the past year, the media has been filled with celebrities and athletes having their homes broken into and burgled.
Fortunately, there are solutions in place to address these concerns. One popular solution is CCTV monitoring, which has proven to be a powerful tool in safeguarding homes. CCTV Monitoring can be as effecting as having a security guard on site, with a cost reduction of around 95%.
Remote CCTV monitoring involves the installation of CCTV cameras in the traditional manner, but with the key distinction of internet connectivity. These cameras transmit live footage via the internet to a remote monitoring station, often referred to as an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). When triggered by predefined events, the system immediately notifies the ARC, where trained professionals assess the real-time footage and respond accordingly, whether it be alerting the key holder, authorities or taking other necessary actions to address potential security threats.
A keyholder is an individual designated to hold and respond to alarm system keys and access codes in the event of an alarm activation or security breach. Keyholders play a crucial role in security systems, typically for businesses, residences, or properties equipped with alarm systems. Their primary responsibility is to respond quickly to alarms by visiting the location, disarming the alarm system, and assessing the situation for signs of intrusion, damage, or other security concerns.
One of the most significant advantages of CCTV monitoring is its ability to deter criminal activity. The presence of cameras around your property alone sends a strong message to potential intruders, even more so if you display that your system is monitored. Through the use of PA (Public Announcement) systems, professional teams monitoring your system can communicate with any potential threats, alerting them that the authorities have already been notified before the crime has even taken place. This provides a true early warning system, rather than relying on an alarm to activate once the intruder is already inside.
CCTV monitoring provides round-the-clock human surveillance of your home. Unlike traditional security measures, which may only activate in response to an alarm, monitoring centres are always watching. This constant watch ensures that any suspicious activity is captured, recorded and alerted, allowing you to take immediate action if necessary.
Many insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners who invest in CCTV monitoring. By having your CCTV system monitored, you demonstrate your commitment to security, which may lead to lower home insurance premiums. Over time, the savings on insurance costs can offset a significant portion of your initial investment in CCTV monitoring.
CCTV monitoring not only safeguards your property but also ensures the safety of your family members. Ensuring the well-being and safety of your children, elderly family members, or pets in and around your home when you may not be present.
While the primary focus of CCTV monitoring is to protect your own home, it can have a positive ripple effect on your neighbourhood’s safety. When more homes in your community adopt monitored CCTV systems, the overall security in the area improves. Criminals are less likely to target neighbourhoods where surveillance is prevalent, leading to a safer environment for everyone.
Having your CCTV monitored is a smart and effective way to enhance the security of your home. It deters criminal activity, provides continuous human surveillance, allows for remote access, and offers invaluable documentation in case of incidents. Ultimately, the peace of mind that CCTV monitoring provides is priceless, knowing that you are taking proactive, effective steps to protect your home. We can also provide health check monitoring which includes constant health checks to ensure your system remains operational at all times. Preventing issues such as cobwebs blocking views or cameras not working properly. A 24/7 reporting service is also available to keep the system constantly operational.