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CCTV cameras are highly effective security measures, and with almost 2 million reported theft offences in the UK last year, you can understand why many people opt to install them. Investing in CCTV and installing it is all good, but it could be a waste of money if the placement is wrong. What makes CCTV monitoring systems such a fantastic security solution? Find out where to place your security cameras, as well as places to avoid. 

Visible CCTV Deters Burglars

Thieves know more about home security than the average homeowner! Deterring criminals is the best thing you can do to prevent theft.

A study with past criminals found that CCTV monitoring systems and barking dogs are the biggest theft deterrents. Also, they said most criminals are opportunists, meaning they walk the streets searching for an easy option. Your job is to make them skip your home as it seems too secure.

Where to Place CCTV Cameras

Make the First Floor Priority

Studies have shown that 81% of burglars enter via the first floor, so make sure all doors and windows on the first floor are covered. An added security bonus is that the cameras can be used as a digital peephole; check who is at your door before answering. 

Place your cameras above doors and windows, but facing downwards, so the area around them is covered. You can also place CCTV monitoring systems inside windows, facing outwards with a view of the front garden and road. When placing windows outside, you need to make sure they are waterproof and have night vision.

Keep Cameras Out of Reach

When CCTV cameras are accessible, criminals often smash them and then carry out the crime. Thieves have also been known to steal them! So, put them up high when outside, or consider building a wire cage around them to prevent damage.

Placing cameras at least 9 feet high is enough to stop someone 6 feet or less from smashing the camera. Always make sure your cameras are still in eye view so that they continue acting as a deterrent.

Cover Stairs & Hallways

This is especially important in commercial properties and residential flats. CCTV monitoring systems in hallways and stairwells prevent criminals from accessing multiple building parts and causing further damage. Again, the cameras will act as a deterrent. Security cameras in hallways make the whole building appear to be covered by CCTV.

Driveways & Car Parks Are Crucial

Thieves need to sneak through driveways and car parks to access a building, so having a CCTV monitoring system installed here can stop them at the first hurdle. It’s also an excellent spot to give staff and customers peace of mind that their vehicles are safe in commercial properties. After all, vehicles are expensive. And, in 2020, there was a reported 25,017 vehicle crimes in just one month!

No Need to Neglect Indoors!

Indoors are not the best place to put CCTV, as the system won’t necessarily act as a deterrent. Besides this fact, there are benefits to having CCTV indoors. One advantage is that it can be easier for the camera to get a clearer image of the criminal’s face, making it easier to identify if they break-in. Also, the system can record criminals once in the building, meaning you can record any damage that has taken place.

Don’t Forget the Garage

After failing other entryways, many burglars will go for the garage. It’s often a way for them to access the rest of the house and steal expensive belongings along the way! Consider placing a CCTV camera at your garage door for ultimate security.

Areas Where You Should Never Install Security Cameras

Places Which Violate Your Neighbours Privacy

Always be mindful of your neighbours. It is not illegal in the UK for your CCTV to cover a neighbours premises, but there are rules you must abide by. You must tell them about it (and put signs up saying you are using CCTV.) Also, ensure you never capture more footage than needed for the purpose.

The law states you must make sure nobody else can access the footage and that you only keep it for as long as you need to. Always ensure the footage is only ever used for the intended purpose. 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

CCTV monitoring systems in bedrooms & bathrooms not only invade privacy, but there is also a risk of hackers breaking into the system. Sometimes, we want to keep an eye on children and the elderly, but there are other options. Baby monitors and medical alert systems are a much safer bet for these rooms. Luckily, there’s not usually much that people can steal from bathrooms! Criminals prefer TVs to shampoo.

Top Tips & Tricks For Outdoor CCTV Cameras

  • Install the camera at least 9 feet from the ground, where possible.
  • Do not point cameras directly at the sun.
  • Ensure they are waterproof.
  • Make sure they have night vision.
  • Place them somewhere visible to deter criminals.

Contact us today if you want any further guidance around CCTV monitoring systems or any other security measures. At Stok K9 Security Services, our highly trained team provides tailored solutions to protect you and your premises. Your safety is the heart of our business.

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The safety and security of your property are always worth the investment, and gadgets can help make the job easier. A ‘smart home’ or office is a new, modern concept whereby property owners can use their mobiles to control ovens, CCTV, thermostats, and other areas. While the convenience of wirelessly controlled gadgets is one of their most impressive features, they can also keep any property secure when it’s unoccupied. Specific devices have been developed purely to give you peace of mind out of hours or when you’re on holiday.

Without further ado, here are some security gadgets that are worth the investment. 

CCTV Security Systems

CCTV cameras are a well-known security gadget, and for a good reason! Whether you’re looking to protect your home, or you want to be able to monitor the workplace you’re responsible for, a CCTV system is almost always a sensible investment. You never know if and when criminals will target your building. Cameras outside your property make it less attractive for a robbery. 

CCTV monitoring also lets you record footage that can help you claim compensation for vandalism or theft if the worst comes to worst. You’ll be able to submit recordings to help catch criminals, and your property insurance will be less expensive all the while.

Smart Plugs

Have you ever wished you could turn appliances on and off through your phone? Smart plugs let you do just that. While smart plugs aren’t a security gadget in themselves, you can use them for preventive measures in the home and on your business premises. With the remote control of a smart plug, you’re able to switch lamps on and off without being on your property. Lights give the impression your building is occupied and not an easy target.

Lamps aren’t the only thing that intelligent plugs can control! You can switch air conditioning, speakers and fans on to make noise. You could even turn your computers and your coffee machine on so anybody looking through your windows believes staff or occupants are present. The versatility of remotely activated plugs alone means they’re a worthwhile investment.

Electronic Locks

In a world where it is so easy to misplace keys, electronic locks are a lifesaver! Whether you choose facial recognition, a pin, or a fingerprint activated lock, they’re much more challenging to bypass than with a traditional key. Electronic locks can keep vital documents secure in filing cabinets, or you can use them on internal and external doors. Bluetooth buttons are also an option. You can activate or deactivate your lock from a short distance and grant temporary guest access.

Traditional locks can lock you as the owner out of your files or your property if you misplace a physical key. Clever business security systems look to erase that problem! You’re much less likely to forget your phone than your key, so electronic locks are as convenient as they are secure. 

Secure Hard Drives

Protecting your information online can be just as vital as safeguarding your premises physically. Hacking is an even more likely occurrence than a burglary, so you need to be confident that personal information is stored safely. Keeping customer payment details on ultra-secure hard drives rather than physical paper copies makes your business premises a less appealing target. Fraudsters can’t simply raid filing cabinets to impersonate your customers, so they’re unlikely to break in. Your staff are safer at work with hard drive storage.

Contact us at STOK K9 Security Services for assistance choosing security gadgets that are worth the investment for your event, your business or your vacant property. 

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CCTV monitoring is used worldwide in homes and commercial properties. Although it is a popular form of security surveillance, we can’t ignore the fact that it does divide opinions. Studies show that the use of CCTV cameras reduces crime by 51%. Some people argue that these cameras don’t actually work as they can’t step in to stop a crime, but the many positives of using CCTV cameras means that in a lot of circumstances, it is highly effective, if not essential. 

 

Advantages of CCTV Monitoring

Acts as a Deterrent 

Possibly the most significant advantage of implementing CCTV is that it can stop criminals in their tracks. The fact of the matter is that criminals do not want to be caught, especially by a camera that would hold undeniable footage as evidence against them. So, ensure your cameras are clearly visible and that you have signs on display to inform passers-by that CCTV cameras are in use. 

 

Maintains Records

CCTV cameras keep footage in a database that you can access at a later date. This can come in handy for multiple reasons, one being compensation claims. If a customer fell in your store and claimed against your business, having no cameras installed means that it’s their word against yours, and you could end up out of pocket. Having cameras installed means you could watch the footage and determine whether the claim is legitimate. If it is, then you know to take precautionary measures so it does not happen again.

 

Available 24/7

A massive advantage of CCTV cameras is the fact that they are always watching. No toilet breaks, no distractions. If a crime takes place on your premises, the camera will see it. In addition, many cameras now offer remote monitoring; you no longer need to monitor the footage in real-time. You can even set up instant alerts to your smartphone, ensuring nothing will slip by unnoticed.

 

Makes People Feel Safe

Properties and the people inside are less likely to fall victim to crimes when cameras are in place. Therefore it is no shock that the presence of CCTV cameras makes us feel protected. In a commercial property, it shows your employees and customers that you care about their safety. Cameras are also important in domestic properties. We all want to keep our families and property safe, so you can relax in the courage that your cameras will deter any potential intruders.

 

Monitors Staff Performance

There are two main factors in monitoring staff with CCTV: ensuring they are getting stuff done and protecting staff from potential problems. For example, maybe you think a staff member is lying about their working hours. Cameras mean you can keep track of when they enter and leave work. 

Although we can see the above example as a positive, this leads us to a potential problem. So, carry on reading to find out about the disadvantages of CCTV cameras.

 

Disadvantages of CCTV Monitoring

Violation of Privacy

Many people disagree with the use of CCTV cameras in certain areas due to feeling like it violates their privacy. For example, in the workplace, staff could feel like they are being spied on. It is legal to use CCTV in commercial areas and workspaces, but you must declare that the cameras are in use.

When using in domestic properties, you must make sure you install your camera correctly so that it does not violate your neighbour’s privacy. 

 

Can Be Expensive

Installation can be pricey. Also, you need to make sure you invest in a good quality camera as bad quality images don’t provide good evidence when used concerning a crime. Cheap cameras can also be relatively easy to hack, which is a huge disadvantage as you want to look back at footage when needed. 

 

Can’t Stop A Crime

An argument against CCTV cameras being effective is that they can’t step in to stop a crime. For example, if a fight broke out, a security guard could intervene and break it up before anything escalates. When there’s no guard present and only cameras, people may act without taking the camera into account in the heat of the moment. Nobody is there to step in, and somebody could be injured.

 

The burning question: are CCTV cameras worth it? Yes, the positives outweigh the negatives. They might not be able to break up a fight, but they can and do often stop a fight from starting in the first place.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you agree that CCTV cameras are a positive addition to commercial and domestic properties. If you are considering CCTV monitoring, contact Stok K9 Security Services today. Call us on 0800 002 5761 or send us an e-mail. Fast reply time guaranteed. Your safety is our priority.