Spiders: The Latest Anti-CCTV Menace To Look Out For?

Posted by Global Vue on 01/02/2016 07:09:00

There are all kinds of ways that people have come up with in order to temporarily block the view of CCTV cameras; some have been fairly high-tech, but most tend to be fairly simple and usually ineffective in the long-term. However, it appears that a new opponent of closed-circuit television has appeared; spiders!

Many people may not like arachnids, but they have never been thought of as threats to CCTV systems in London and further away before – that is, until they started to hinder the work of the police by spinning webs in front of public CCTV cameras.

Spiders: An Anti-Surveillance Menace?

Police officers in the Welsh town of Blaenau Ffestiniog have claimed that some of the biggest hindrances in their fight against crime hasn't been a lack of evidence or the latest advances in criminal technology; instead, the eight-legged arachnids are building their webs directly in front of camera lenses, making it almost impossible to see past them in any great detail.

Footage of the obstructions that these creatures created was shown during a recent meeting of the town's local Council. As a result, the town clerk is now required to check the monitors at least once a week for any developing obstructions, and will have to thoroughly clean these camera lenses at least every quarter.

This isn't necessarily a new problem, and a quick search online will bring up dozens of images of spiders building their webs directly in front of camera lenses.

Other Threats To CCTV Systems In London

Aside from spiders, criminals have discovered a variety of different ways to temporary blind individual cameras. It is absolutely essential that you position your cameras in an intelligent manner, to ensure that they can't really be snuck up on. Ideally, you want to have cameras within view of each other, so you can capture footage of the criminal whilst they are attempting to sabotage your other closed-circuit television cameras.

Some of the latest techniques used by criminals include:

  • Shining Lights At Cameras – Criminals can effectively blind your cameras if they shine a flashlight or an LED directly at them. However, it is only really possible to do this with one camera at a time, so having multiple cameras in place will allow you to capture an image of the perpetrator.

    More criminals are also choosing to use infrared lasers to temporary blind cameras as they move past, as they are much less obvious to a security guard than a flashlight. If fired directly into the camera's lens, they can create a lens flare effect which will temporarily blind the camera.
  • Covering The Lens – Many criminals choose to try and block the view of CCTV cameras with jelly of various kinds, including peanut butter, petroleum jelly or any other kind of viscous substance. Other materials include masking-tape and bin bags.

    With this technique, there is a good chance that you will be able to obtain fingerprint evidence or your other cameras will capture evidence of the perpetrator attacking the single camera.

Choose Comprehensive CCTV Systems In London To Fight These Threats

Here at Global Vue, we can provide complete CCTV systems in London which are designed to counteract these strategies and offer comprehensive protection to your home, property or retail outlet. For more information on the benefits of our high-performing and reliable closed-circuit television, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team today on 0844 544 3955. Alternatively, you can email any questions or worries that you might have to sales@globalvue.co.uk, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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