The Advantages And Disadvantages Of CCTV And Its Impact On Security

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CCTV and its impact on security.
The initials CCTV stand for Closed Circuit Television (Doyle 2012). It is a mode whereby surveillance cameras use video recordings to transmit signals to a certain place on a monitor. In this way, the cameras record events taking place within their focus and transmit the ongoing activities to the monitors. The term often used while referring to the work of the CCTV is “surveillance” since the purpose of the CCTV is to survey (Doyle 2012).. Notably, CCTV can operate continuously over a relatively long period of time unless directed otherwise.
The CCTV use is common in institutions such as the military bases, banks, prisons and large business
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The first bunch of the CCTVs required constant monitoring since there was no possible way of recording the surveillance (Harwood 2008).
Contrary to the hype surrounding the CCTV scheme however, Home Office study has criticized the CCTV schemes saying it has had ‘little effect on crime levels’ making it an ineffective approach to reducing crime. Though this stamen has an element of truth in it, I will beg to differ with it since there are both the advantages and the disadvantages of using this form of surveillance. In their studies, they noted that the government should invest in more effective measure like street lights instead of investing on the CCTV surveillance (Doyle
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The presence of the cameras is enough to scare away potential criminals: when criminal with intentions of committing a crime discover the presence of the surveillance cameras in a given place, they tend to retract. In the same manner, it is not common for people to carry out criminal activities in places that is surveillance infested. Consequently the numbers of crimes in such area reduce in great numbers.
3. Provide aid to the alarm system: the best surveillance systems involves the combination of the CCTV and the alarm system. For example, when a criminal is committing a crime, they are able to be noted by the surveillance and at that instant, the surveillance people may set out the alarm. This will therefore scare the criminal making him/her to give away the crimes.
4. Video evidence is solid support for claiming insurance cover: A footage recorded by the CCTV is a solid evidence that can be presented for the purpose validating insurance claims. In these case, the cases of insurance companies refusing to issue the claims due to the lack of evidence are done away with (Doyle
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