CCTV Information introduced by Robyn Sones
From CCTV Information
The CCTV Advisory Service is an Independent Consultancy and Web based information company dedicated to disseminating general information concerning Closed-circuit television (CCTV) and linking customers to quality organisations who can meet their specific requirements.
Realising that the average person, when they begin to look into CCTV, has little way of knowing where to find expert advice at a reasonable cost, we have set up this web site to bring together some of the top people and organisations working in this field.
The companies and individuals found on this web site are those who do not just talk about excellence, but both believe in it, and make sure that it runs through every fibre of their organisations and dealings with customers. Companies appearing on our pages do not pay for space but appear by invitation only. They are companies we have chosen for the quality of their products, level of customer service and because they offer value for money.
Free Advice and Design
We are now able to offer free services including site surveys, drawing up plans, budget costings and system design to those who are seriously considering having a CCTV system installed by a professional installation company. These services are offered in conjunction with a small group of carefully selected CCTV Installation Companies.
Although these services are only available in Great Britain, in some instances we may be able to put overseas enquirers in contact with experienced CCTV installers in their own country.
Why Is a CCTV Web Site Necessary?
The importance of having a professionally designed specification can be seen from the fact that when the police seek to use CCTV evidence in court it is found to be inadmissible in at least 80% of cases. While it is true that almost anyone can look at a location and suggest a number of Cameras, only those who have experience in this field, through an understanding of the principles of optical science, will generally be able to recommend a Camera that will give the customer a picture with the best definition or coverage. Often it is also possible to give clients "added value" by locating Cameras, and utilising lenses which are able, not only to view the area of concern, but also give peripheral vision of other points of interest.
During a visit to a school there was a camera at each end of the 30m corridors. These cameras had standard lenses and were providing facial recognition for the 3.5m of corridor nearest the cameras. This is the case in 95% of the systems we audit. If a pupil came out of classroom, committed a misdemeanour and then returned to the classroom there was no possibility of of knowing who they were. By setting the cameras to view the opposite end of the corridor and the careful choice of lenses the cameras would have been able to provide facial recognition for half of the corridor, enabling the whole corridor to be viewed with pupils being recognised. Instead of having recognition for 7m all 30m could have been properly viewed providing a 428% increase in effectiveness. This is just one of many differences when a system is designed correctly. Our experience as CCTV Consultants is that in the vast majority of cases companies are simply sticking cameras on walls and pointing them in the general direction with little or no understanding the optical science necessary to correctly design a CCTV system.
It is always best to contact us via E-mail through our reply page. This enables us to make sure that the person or company with the most suitable expertise is put in touch with you.
How effective is CCTV in capturing criminals?
Following the 2011 riots Operation Withern was set up in London and led by Detective Chief Superintendent Greany. By February 2012 this had led to 3,000 people being successfully prosecuted and DCS Greany has stated that 2,200 of those prosecutions would not have been possible without video evidence.
Some may say that this just one high profile example but what about the day in – day out experience of CCTV around the country. The following quotation shows what has been happening in just one area of the UK.
"Hambleton District Council, which along with Ryedale, Leeds, Kirklees and Hull, claims CCTV has played a part in more than 15,000 arrests over the past three years, has agreed the £99,000 funding to upgrade the control room equipment used by the security cameras which monitor the market towns of Northallerton, Thirsk, Bedale and Stokesley." From The Yorkshire Post
Despite the above arrests and prosecutions, other statistics point to major reductions in the amount of crime being committed where there are cameras installed. This is why CCTV is seen by many as the best system for the deterrent and detection of Crime. We are sure that you would wish to avoid having to catch those who are perpetrating crime against your organisation. Generally, once a Camera system is installed, it will only be fools who attempt to perpetrate offences within its field of view. These are often caught but for the majority it will provide a very high level of deterrence.