Recently the chief inspector for South Cambridgeshire Constabulary flagged up an interesting debate – should businesses and homeowners be considering CCTV over, and above, burglar alarms?
Remotely monitored CCTV can provide visual verification of an incident as it is happening – those monitoring the CCTV can then notify the site owner and/or the emergency services. There is more of a chance to stop and catch the intruders ‘in the act’ than if CCTV is unmonitored and footage is only used after the event has occurred. Remote monitoring is reactive to incidents as they happen with the aim of stopping intruders in their tracks.
When it comes to rural sites, the importance of remotely monitored CCTV increases further. Rural sites are often isolated and with the likes of farmland meaning expensive machinery nearby, they become targets for criminals. So much so that in 2013, NFU Mutual reported that rural theft cost the UK £44.5m. Remotely monitored CCTV means incidents at rural sites can be picked up on, when otherwise they could have gone unnoticed.
Remote monitoring for burglar alarms should be considered too
Back to the chief inspector’s comments though – when we bring remote monitoring into the picture then burglar alarms too can become much more effective…
Many think of burglar alarms as ‘bells only’ systems. So they alarm and just make a lot of racket until someone switches them off. In many inways the standalone burglar alarm has become a victim of the ‘boy cries wolf scenario’ – people have become ‘immune’ to them.
But burglar alarms can be monitored and their efficiency dramatically increased – when an alarm is activated, remote monitoring professionals can assess the level of risk and if necessary notify a key holder for the property and/or the emergency services. Find out more about remote monitoring for intruder and fire alarms.
In many instances sites that are ‘closed’ (so sites that have all of their assets within an enclosed space) will benefit from a well-installed and professionally monitored burglar alarm. And that could include some rural sites.
All in all…
A big part of security integrators’ jobs is to assess the level of security required at a site and off the back of that recommend the most appropriate security measures. There are so many different solutions available, beyond just CCTV and burglar alarms, it takes the knowledge and skill of a security professional to recommend the most effective option.
With that in mind, the chief inspector’s comments are, to some degree, correct – but without further detail, it’s important to consider the unique security requirements of each site. And it’s equally important to remember that, with remote monitoring, both CCTV and burglar alarms can become much, much more effective…