The Efficiency of CCTV Cameras in Helping Combat Criminal Activities.
Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security systems have been used in a big way to combat crimes all over the world. Most CCTV systems have reduced some attacks which include property crimes, crimes of car parks and offenses in public areas. They have also be used to make Citizens feel safe. A regular person can be viewed by the CCTV surveillance system for up to 300 times and even more. Security has a result been reinforced by this.
Features that gage the efficiency of the CCTV systems.
The first feature is Publicity. When the public is aware of the existence of a CCTV camera at a particular location, the potential criminals could end up fearing to attack the site. In case the existence of the CCTV cameras is not publicly known, criminals might end up attacking the place since there is nothing to fear.
Another step of assessing CCTV competency is the fear of being trapped in a criminal offense. Potential criminals give up the idea of engaging in criminal activity when they think of being charged in a court with a CCTV footage evidence.
Quick deployment of police officers in crime scenes marks another success in combating crimes. CCTV systems increases the response time of police personnel in a crime scene without the need of a regular public member alerting them. CCTV operators can decide on how many police officers to send to a particular crime scene depending on the nature of the scene. Before the arrival of police officers to a crime scene, CCTV systems can show what the offenders were doing.
Finally, efficient crime record time is an indicator of CCTV efficiency. CCTV efficiency has increased to a level that swift crimes can be recorded. This has led to a sharp decline in vehicle crimes in CCTV guarded stations.
CCTVS have done an excellent job in reducing public place crimes, but has not yet significantly reduced violent crimes in the public areas. Despite CCTV’s efficiency in deploying police officers to crime scenes, the offenders might avoid CCTV coverage by engaging in criminal activities at places where the CCTVs do not cover. Drunks seem not to fear CCTV coverage and might end up engaging in violence even in such areas.
CCTV systems have done some good job in making the public members fear to commit crimes, and also using police officers when there is need to. The law enforcement agency should regularly do CCTV audits to ensure that the CCTV surveillance complies with the law. Crime can also be well reduced when the CCTV operators are well trained and know when and how to deploy police officers to a crime scene immediately.