The Usefulness of CCTV Systems in Deterring Crime.
There has been a big use of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) systems all over the world in minimizing irregularities. Many CCTV systems have been successful at reducing some offenses such as property crime, deterring crimes in car parks and other public places. Residents also feel safe when they are in places with CCTV surveillance. The CCTV system can monitor one even up to 300 times or more. This has contributed to security enhancement.
Factors that assess CCTV systems.
One feature is Publicity. Potential criminals could fear to attack a place if the existence of CCTV systems is publicly known. When the existence of the CCTV cameras is however not known, the offenders might have nothing to fear and end up attacking a building or a home.
Another measure is the fear of being caught in the act. When potential criminals fear of evidence on their criminal record being presented in court, they abandon the idea of doing illegal activities at a particular place.
Efficient deployment of law enhancing officers also marks the CCTV success in combating crime. CCTV systems enables the police to be deployed to a crime scene in a fast way without necessarily involving an open individual min alerting them. Based on the nature of the crime scene, CCTV operators can know the number of security officers to send there. The CCTV systems can also show what the offenders are doing before the arrival of the police.
Another Indicator for CCTV efficiency is recording everything throughout the offense time. CCTV has strengthened its effectiveness in a big way such that even fast crimes are recorded. As a result, car crimes in parking’s have cut in a significant way.
Although CCTV cameras seem to deter crime in public areas such as shopping malls, and car parks, the systems are not very efficient in combating violent crimes. Although the systems help in deploying security officers to violent sites quickly, the offenders might avoid the cameras by using sites that 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 are efficient in increasing the public’s fear of the offense and also ensure those police officers are deployed immediately in case of a criminal incidence. The law enforcement body ought to conduct evaluations on CCTV surveillance periodically to make sure that there is a consistency of criminal record of data. Proper training for CCTV operators can also reduce crime by using an optimal number of officers at an ideal time of a crime’s happenings.