CCTV Basics: What You Need to Know
The acronym CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television, which means that it runs on a closed-loop system where everything you see is in-house and never published or broadcast to the public. This system works in conjunction with a quality security and alarm system to help you monitor activity in and around your home or business. Many businesses use CCTV for extra protection against break-ins, theft, and other crimes. You’ll often find them at hospitals, schools, bars, retailers, banks, and restaurants but they are also available for home use, too. CCTV won’t necessarily stop crime from occurring, but it can be an excellent deterrent.
The ability to capture and record video also makes it easier to identify and hopefully catch the perpetrator should a crime occur on your property.
One of the things that make CCTV so appealing is that it not only reduces the chances of a crime occurring, but it also provides peace of mind. The ability to monitor whatever is going on when you’re away can help you feel more in control. These systems often work in conjunction with your alarm system so that you’re notified of any unusual activity. Cameras then start rolling and can record the footage of anything happening both within and outside of your private residence or business. Any archived footage obtained can be given to local law enforcement in the event that a crime has been committed. It can also help employers monitor employee activity and generally help people to feel safer when they’re at work or at home. Analog systems utilize a DVR or digital video recorder that stores the footage onto a hard drive. A digital system is much more complex but also gives you much more control over how and when you view or record footage and everything is stored on an NVR or network video recorder. If you’re interested in a new CCTV or alarm system, contact us today to find out more.