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do home cctv cameras deter crime

Do home CCTV cameras deter crime?

Installing CCTV in your home provides a number of benefits with one of the main being it can help to put potential intruders off breaking into your home. Or, if they do break in, it can provide a better chance of identifying and catching them after the event. 

It is estimated that 96% of the total number of CCTV cameras in the UK are now operated by private businesses and homeowners and research suggests that areas that are covered by CCTV reduce crime related to vehicles and property by 14%. 

So, let’s have a look at how installing CCTV camera systems can deter crime. 

How can CCTV help to prevent burglary?

According to statistics, 47% of burglaries are opportunistic. This means that burglars take advantage of an open window, or an unlocked door as they’re walking by. 

CCTV cameras make it almost impossible to break into a property without being noticed so many burglars will avoid homes where CCTV is visible because they want to operate without being caught or watched. 

Experts believe that CCTV cameras can be more effective at deterring burglars than an alarm system. In fact, according to The Guardian, former professional burglars said they would target homes and businesses without CCTV cameras, making them an effective deterrent. Burglars prefer to avoid attention and leave as little evidence of their crime behind as possible. 

When it comes to preventing or recording burglary, CCTV offers a number of benefits:

Recording and monitoring 

Just the idea of being recorded and monitored is enough to put intruders off breaking into your home in the first place. They will tend to stay clear of houses and businesses where CCTV cameras are visible. 

CCTV also allows you to ensure that your home is watched while you’re not there or it’s vulnerable to break-ins, such as in the winter when it gets darker earlier and opportunists are lurking. One of the biggest advantages is that immediate action can be taken to deal with any intruders such as alerting the police or letting keyholders know that someone is trying to gain access to your property. 

Can be used as evidence 

CCTV footage can be used as evidence in the event that your home is burgled. It makes it much easier to identify suspects and means that there is a higher chance of the intruder being caught and your possessions recovered. 

Easy access to evidence and the trail left behind can be a huge disadvantage to burglars if they try to gain access to a property with CCTV installed. 

Many burglars are keen to avoid leaving any evidence of their burglary so, for this reason, security cameras deter any criminals and make them walk away from an opportunistic burglary. 

Remote observation 

Burglars are usually able to identify whether or not a property is empty before they attempt to gain access. CCTV will allow you to remotely observe your home, both inside and outside and, smartphone CCTV systems can notify you when movement is detected so that you can take action, even if you’re not at home. These systems are also recordable so if someone should gain access to your home, you’ll be able to recover the footage. 

Can reduce home insurance premiums 

Having a burglar alarm or other home security system installed means that some insurance providers may offer you a lower premium on your home insurance because your home is deemed to be more secure. Some providers are also starting to consider the benefits of the latest security systems too so it could help you to keep your ongoing insurance costs down. 

Can CCTV completely prevent burglary?

Installing CCTV in your home cannot completely prevent intruders from entering your home but it can significantly reduce the chances. There are a few reasons why burglars may still break in, despite the presence of security cameras: 

  • They don’t realise the cameras are there so don’t know they will be recorded on camera 
  • They know the cameras are there but they choose to take the risk anyway. These intruders are more likely to be caught due to the footage captured by the cameras 

Choosing the right CCTV camera system 

Home security cameras are becoming a more and more popular option for homeowners as they are a cost-effective way to protect your home. If you’re worried about installing large unsightly cameras on the side of your home, this is no longer an issue as the latest cameras are small and will not have a huge impact on the look of your home. 

Whichever system you choose and whatever your budget is, it’s important to make sure the camera you choose is high quality and seek professional advice on where you should position your cameras. Indoor and outdoor cameras can be installed to provide better coverage around your home. You may want to focus on doors or windows that are more vulnerable such as the back door where intruders cannot be seen or a dark corner of your home.  

There are a number of different systems to choose from including: 

Once you know which system would work best for your home, you should think about where you want the cameras to cover (usually vulnerable spots in your home), as well as any permissions you might need to have the cameras. 

You can find out more about choosing the right Home CCTV installation by reading our full guide. 

Understanding that CCTV cameras can deter burglars and help to keep your home, family and possessions safer will help you to keep your home safer and less vulnerable.

We hope you have found this information useful but, if you’d like more advice on installing a CCTV system in your home, please contact our expert team

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