August 30, 2017 at 3:55 am

What is Remote CCTV Monitoring

When is your home most likely to be burgled? Most of us assume it is in the night that we are must vulnerable to burglars. We have been trained by decades of movies, crime thrillers and TV dramas that when we think of burglars, in our imaginations we automatically go to a pitch dark night and figure in black, stalking through our gardens and rattling the back door…

Remote CCTV Monitoring

However in reality most burglaries occur during the day, which if you actually thinkabut it makes a lot of sense. We are normally at home during the night after all, sleeping yes but still present in the home itself. From the burglars point of view then it certainly makes sense to wait for us all to leave the house before they make their move.

Whilst there are a wide range of things we can do to limit the chances of us being the victims of burglars, even so they are obviously finding ways to break through our defences. This had led to the rise of new tools to protect our homes, such as Remote CCTV Monitoring.

This technique is very much at the cutting edge of home protection – so much so in fact that many people are unsure just what is involved with Remote CCTV Monitoring. If you don’t understand it then you are less likely to consider using it, and that is a real shame. Remote CCTV monitoring could really be one of the key weapons in your armoury when you are planning how to protect your home from burglars.

The first thing to note about Remote CCTV Monitoring is that is in active deterrent. By this I mean that if you contrast it with regular CCTV then you see that without monitoring, normal CCTV is only useful as a initial deterrent, and also as evidence after the fact.

The deterrent element of CCTV is not always as effective as you may assume it to be. Many burglars are more than adept at knowing where the typical CCTV installation will place the cameras. They then take great care to avoid these areas if possible, whilst at the same times making efforts to hide their faces.

Therefore even when the CCTV system actually records a crime, it can provide very little evidence for the police to use in their investigations.

Remote CCTV monitoring however retains both the initial deterrent aspect as well as the evidence recording facility of traditional CCTV – whilst adding active deterrence and monitoring to the mix.

Essentially your CCTV system will be connected to a centralised control room. The staff in this control room will monitor the systems 24 hours and day, seven days a week. This then is the active monitoring that we have discussed above.

Now, I would just want to point out as this stage that by monitoring the system I do not mean they are looking at the cameras every day! You don’t need to have any concerns about your privacy here, they are actually monitoring the system for alarms being triggered – usually a Motion Sensor Alarm that you would activate after leaving the house.

In this way the system is also very much like a burglar alarm. However, when these sensors activate, they set off an alarm in the monitoring room of the CCTV company. This means that there is an immediate response and reaction to the alarm activation. This can be particularly important if you live in a rural area with few neighbours around to actually hear a regular burglar alarm.

After activation, the monitoring staff will immediately activate your CCTV feed and check for the source of the activation – this helps to prevent false alarms. If they see signs of criminal activity occurring; they will instantly contact the police with the details. They will then contact whomever you have installed as first person of contact to update them.

It is also possible to install CCTV systems that will talk to the burglar – informing them that their presence is known and the authorities are on their way, often stopping a burglary in it’s earliest stages.

You can see then tat Remote CCTV Monitoring is a cheap but extremely effective method to proactively protect your home from burglary.

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