What Is The Real Effect Of CCTV On Public Safety?

Posted by Global Vue on 04/02/2016 13:13:00

There are millions of CCTV cameras (closed-circuit television) which have been installed in both public and private areas all over the world. However, one of the highest concentrations of video security is in the capital city. CCTV installers in London have been working for years with the goal of reducing crime and increasing public safety, but there are concerns over just how effective video surveillance has been.

According to industry estimates, the global surveillance economy has more than tripled in the past five years, changing from $11.5 billion in 2008, all the way up to $37.7 billion in 2015.

Does Public CCTV Actually Make Us Any Safer?

You only need to look at examples from recent history to see that public CCTV does work in a range of circumstances; it is invaluable when it comes to identifying criminals, for example, as they approach or flee the scene of a crime. It was public CCTV which caught crucial images of those responsible for the 2005 London bombings, just as it was CCTV, and other video recordings, that led to the arrest of many participants in the 2011 riots across England.

CCTV is certainly a valuable tool in the fight against crime, and it has contributed a great deal of evidence over the past few years which has helped to imprison thousands of criminals whom, otherwise, might have never been linked to the crime in the first place.

The only major issue with public CCTV is that as many as 80% of all cameras don't actually provide clear enough evidence to fully convince prosecutors and juries that the person the cameras capture is actually the same person being accused of the crime.

The lack of high-quality cameras and the thought given to their placement are the major reasons why CCTV is not as effective as it could be in preventing crime and antisocial behaviour, as well as damaging the veracity of the footage that these models actually obtain.

What Makes Public CCTV Effective?

In 2010, the European Forum for Urban Security created the “Charter for a Democratic Use of Video-Surveillance", which has provided a list of useful principles and tools to ensure that CCTV is used in the most effective manner, without compromising on the civil liberties of the population. These principles are also designed to help public bodies make the most out of their CCTV in order to improve its effectiveness, and they include:

• Necessity – The use of cameras in a public space must be justified by empirical data, ideally by an independent authority. Objectives and intended outcomes need to be defined in order to ensure that they are met.

• Proportionality – CCTV equipment needs to be appropriate for the problem that it is intended to address. Technology chosen should respond to the established objectives, and not seek to push the limits of acceptability.

• Transparency – Citizens need to know what the objectives of a CCTV system actually are, which can really help to limit criticism levelled at public video surveillance systems.

• Accountability – Those in charge of public CCTV need to ensure that they can be held to account in the event of any issues developing with the CCTV, or if the systems fail to meet their objectives.

Unfortunately, most public CCTV systems in the UK tend not to follow these principles, which is why most systems utilise low-quality, ineffective cameras in a poor system layout. The very best CCTV installers in London, who provide closed-circuit television for public areas, adhere to these principles and create truly effective systems which can provide a range of security advantages to a specific area.

Commercial And Domestic CCTV: The Truly Effective Video Security

Typically, private and business video surveillance offers a much wider range of benefits to public safety. Not only are they usually of a much higher quality, but because they operate on a much smaller scale, CCTV installers in London can really create the ideal surveillance solution for that businesses needs.

A huge portion of the video cameras across the country are actually owned by private businesses and homeowners, so the common comparison of the UK to a surveillance state doesn't really apply. The fact remains that CCTV in businesses and homes offer a range of practical advantages to improve security and safety against anti-social and criminal behaviour.

Enjoy The Benefits Of Intelligent CCTV, With Global Vue

Here at Global Vue, our professional CCTV installers in London can provide industry-leading video security systems to improve your safety from antisocial behaviour. For more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today on 0944 544 3955. If you have any further questions or concerns, you can email them to our team directly at sales@globalvue.co.uk, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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