There’s an argument going on in some circles as to whether or not CCTV cameras actually help to reduce crime or catch a criminal.  According to law enforcement officials, video of an incident is often played on local news channels to gather leads and identify individuals from the general public. 

Also, the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention reports that CCTV cameras prevent the theft of more than $35 million in merchandise a day.  They not only capture shoplifters, but are also effective in capturing murderers, rapists, child abductors and preventing various forms of violent acts across the country. They do this through the use of CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras record events to a CCTV DVR (Digital Video Recorder), which stores the footage for replay. CCTV cameras don’t carry guns or chase after the assailants as they flee, but what they do, they do well.  They give law enforcement officials video evidence of the act itself. 

When an incident occurs, police admit that the first thing they look for are security cameras in the area that may have recorded information on them that can put a criminal behind bars faster than fingerprints or other evidence left behind.  

In addition to capturing perpetrators in the act, surveillance cameras have become an eyewitness to car wrecks that can be played over and over again to learn how the accident occurred and which party was at fault.  In Milford, Florida, a multi-car accident that sent eight people to the hospital, including two with critical injuries, helped officials in determining the cause of the accident using a nearby security camera that was placed on top of the Milford Regional Medical Center.

Thanks to technology, a good video camera can record the title off of a book that someone is carrying using a high resolution CCTV camera with a varifocal CCTV camera lens that produces a crisp picture.  CCTV Cameras are designed to capture video in large areas such as parking lots to small corners of a convenient store, inside and outside and during the day or in the dark of night using infrared lenses.  

“Walking around in any major city, or even a midsize city, the odds are pretty good that you’re probably being picked up by one or more cameras,” said Christopher Ott, communications director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. 

The CCTV camera isn’t a magical solution, but odds are if you commit a crime, you’ll likely make the evening news.

Written by Mike Hassebrock from The Security Product Depot 

The Security Product Depot is an established online provider of physical security products. As an innovative supplier of online security solutions, they are committed to offering the broadest array of CCTV camera systems, door hardware, locks, and safes for securing government, school facilities, commercial businesses and residents. 



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