What is CCTV Systems, and how does it work? CCTV means Closed Circuit Television. It is a video system consisting of video cameras strategically placed around an area that record images and then transmit them to one or more display monitors for real-time viewing and playback of images. Usually these systems are installed for added security for your home or office. CCTV systems was first used by the Germans to watch the launch of V2 rockets. Since then it has evolved into the comprehensive security camera technology we know and use today. From public buildings to private offices, from apartment buildings to country clubs, security cameras are placed strategically all over.
What are CCTV Systems mainly used for?
Some common uses of CCTV systems are:
- For Home Security - Homes with surveillance cameras are much less likely to be robbed or vandalized than those without these types of technology for added security. Although security cameras do nothing to physically prevent crime, home-owners today use them to deter criminals from trespassing and to protect their families and their assets. Another use for CCTV technology in the home is as a 'nanny cam'. Nanny cam recordings are a great resource for those curious about how their household workers spend their time. Parents also use nanny cams to ensure their children are in good hands when they are away from home for a long period of time.
- For Businesses - Businesses use CCTV technology for a number of reasons, one of which is to deter crime. Banks, offices, museums, restaurants, retail stores and other businesses are hotbeds of crime as most always have cash on hand. To protect money, business owners strategically place surveillance cameras at checkouts, in back offices, near vaults and at entryways. Retail stores use surveillance cameras on store floors to deter shoplifting and vandalism. And lastly, as with the nanny cam, companies also use security cameras to monitor employees and ensure they are making the best use of their time.
- For Traffic Surveillance - security cameras are used by law enforcement agencies to monitor traffic at intersections and busy roads. The images, which can be viewed at any time by an officer, allow law enforcement agencies to identify drivers who run red lights, speed, or drive recklessly and discipline those drivers while preventing more serious crimes elsewhere.
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