Video surveillance is a great tool to have. It can help secure your property in a number of different ways. Unfortunately, many people have an incorrect idea of how video surveillance security actually works. This leads them to using it improperly, which in turn leads to their video surveillance being nearly useless. It’s not that video surveillance security is useless, so much as any tool will fail if it’s not used correctly. At Lighthouse Video Surveillance not only is our software easy to use, but we will also show you the ropes.
So how is video surveillance used correctly? What ways do people misuse the tool, and how does that cause tool failure?
Video Cameras As Crime Deterrent
One of the primary uses for security cameras, at least in most peoples’ minds, is to help deter crime. People will see that there are security cameras in the area, and then they’ll think better of committing whatever crime they were thinking of committing. At least, that’s how the thought process tends to go.
Unfortunately, that is not the case. The real truth is that video cameras almost never act as a crime deterrent. Study after study has proven that while security cameras may cause a small decrease in crime when installed in very specific areas, overall they have no effect on crime one way or another.
There are several reasons for this. One is that most people who commit a crime aren’t doing so for logical reasons. It may be that they’re desperate and acting in a frantic manner, or it may be that they’re inebriated in some way and simply not considering their actions. Either way, since they aren’t thinking rationally, the fact that they could be caught on camera doesn’t factor in to their decision.
On the other side of the coin, criminals who are thinking logically tend to plan for cameras. They already know there are cameras, and they’ve already come up with a way to circumvent them.
In both cases, the camera does absolutely nothing to stop the crime.
Security Cameras And Evidence
If cameras aren’t a crime deterrent, at least they can capture evidence after the fact, right? Theoretically, yes. In practice, it rarely works out that way.
There are a number of reasons for this, but it usually boils down to the fact that the footage simply isn’t useful for identifying the person or people involved in the crime. Either they’re too far away from the camera, or the camera simply didn’t catch what it needed to catch in order to be useful for evidence.
This can be fixed, of course. But it can be quite costly to do so. The fix is to ensure that there’s a proper blanket of cameras, angled at multiple directions, in order to get close footage of multiple spots. Clear pictures are taken when the camera can face something straight on, which means you have to ensure there are enough cameras placed at the right angles to do that very thing.
The newest video surveillance technology is the megapixel camera. These are essentially high-definition cameras, allowing the recorded footage to be much higher quality.
Unfortunately, these cameras aren’t the fix that some people want them to be. The footage is great under the right circumstance, but that circumstance tends to be indoors, with proper and consistent lighting. And megapixel cameras do absolutely nothing to solve problems such as blockage of view or improper viewing angle.
So how does one make proper use of video surveillance security? By using it as part of a comprehensive security plan. Security cameras are great when used in conjunction with multiple security features. They’re simply not a quick fix, or a magic bullet that will solve any and all security problems. So if you’re planning on using video security, make sure you plan appropriately.