Having insurance on your home or business is essential in case of theft or damage. The downside is it can come at a significant cost depending on the value of your property and the area it’s located in. Continue reading Will CCTV lower my insurance costs?
Invented back in WWII as a means for the German army to test and monitor weapons, CCTV has moved on a long way since then. In the UK, we now have more surveillance cameras than any other country. Used for personal, public and private sector security, cameras are becoming more commonplace on many of our streets and in residential areas. Continue reading What Does the Future Look Like for CCTV?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was passed by EU government on May 25, 2018. Designed to modernise the way personal data is processed, the act has put into place tighter regulations on how personal data is acquired and processed.
The official description on the GDPR website is “to “harmonise” data privacy laws across Europe as well as give greater protection and rights to individuals.”
An Innovative way to Protect Lone Workers
As an employer, your duty of care obligations span across all employees, whether they are in the office or working remotely. In many ways, lone workers are more vulnerable than those under direct supervision in the office.
A lone worker is anyone who works by themselves, whether that’s in the office out of hours or off-site elsewhere. The very nature of working alone makes these staff members more vulnerable in the case of an unforeseen accident, attack or health problem.
Many businesses, local authorities and homeowners across the country have traditional non-monitored CCTV cameras installed as a matter of principle. In fact, the UK alone has 4-5.9 million cameras which is one of the highest totals in the world.
But are they effective?
Whilst some footage may stand up in court and help to prosecute criminals, non-monitored CCTV cameras don’t actually prevent crime from happening in the first place.
Here’s our round-up of reasons why non-monitored CCTV is a waste of time.
A New Way to Enhance Your Personal Safety
As the summer is now at its peak, evenings out are becoming the norm for many. Drinks after work to make the most of the longer nights and warmer weather is all too tempting. Although this is a great time of year, it can also have its dark side.
Personal safety can be compromised as we drink more and choose to walk home instead of getting a taxi. It’s something that can be taken for granted, especially when the nights are light.
Did you know that in the UK a burglary happens every 40 seconds and according to uSwitch, there are 400,000 domestic burglaries each year?
Given these statistics, home security should be high on your priority list – not just for peace of mind but also for the costs it can save you in the long run.
A few simple steps can make all the difference and in some cases bring down the cost of your insurance premium.
To help, here are our top tips on how to get your home security up to scratch.
Keypads are popular security systems for residential and commercial buildings alike. The seemingly secure system, where users tap in a pre-set code, is often viewed as safer and more convenient than the traditional lock and key.
Homeowners and businesses have increasingly opted for this form of security system for a number of reasons. Firstly, keys can be easily lost, stolen or replicated, leaving property owners vulnerable to a break in.
They offer a quick and convenient way to withdraw cash but also present preying criminals with an opportunity. From accosting those who have just withdrawn cash to stealing entire machines, ATMs are prime targets for criminals.
Consumers can often feel vulnerable, especially when using an ATM at night. Plus, fraudsters have the knowledge on how to tamper with the machines and steal sensitive customer information. This tampering ranges from pinhole cameras to ‘skimmers’ which are increasingly difficult for people to spot.
Traditional, non-monitored CCTV has been subject to criticism in recent years. Once seen as a sound security system, the reactive technology is proving unreliable when it comes to crime prevention and criminal prosecution.
Although the UK has more cameras per person than any other country, crimes are still being committed on a daily basis.
So why is traditional CCTV no longer effective? Here are the top 3 key reasons…
1. Traditional CCTV is not a deterrent
In 2008 a study was carried out in San Francisco to determine the effectiveness of CCTV cameras. 59,706 crimes which occurred within 1,000 feet of the CCTV cameras between 2005 and 2008 were examined.
The findings demonstrated that although crimes close to the cameras (within 250 feet of the cameras) dropped, there was a clear spike in the areas 250 – 500 feet of the cameras. This demonstrated that the cameras didn’t deter criminal activity, people just moved further down the street to commit a crime. Continue reading Why Traditional CCTV isn’t Effective Anymore