Does CCTV Really Prevent Crime?
Every day, our staff at Grand Slam A/V and Security fields calls from homeowners and business owners wondering how to best keep their properties safe and secure. Property crime rates in the Houston area are nearly double the national median, and safety is top-of-mind for many people. When looking for CCTV Houston, let us help you deter crime.
At Grand Slam A/V and Security, we offer an array of solutions to fit needs and budgets. In addition to alarm and access control systems, we install CCTV (closed-circuit television) surveillance systems for both commercial and residential properties throughout Houston. Here’s our primer on CCTV and why it can provide peace of mind.
What is CCTV?
Closed-circuit TV systems include both mounted and stand-alone surveillance cameras on your property and the closed—non-monitored—TV channel for your viewing. Our CCTV systems are not monitored by outside security experts, but they do allow you to see what is going on at your property whether you’re home or not. What’s more, you can view your property from your smartphone, anywhere in the world where you have internet.
Why it works
Most people targeting homes or businesses for burglary are looking for an easy target. The presence of an alarm system, access control system, CCTV, or other surveillance technology acts as a deterrent. Not only have you added a layer of security beyond door and window locks, you’ve also added technology to your level of property protection.
Making it obvious
To reap the most benefit from CCTV, we recommend that our clients make some elements of the system obvious. Posting a notice that your property is monitored by CCTV acts as a deterrent. It also keeps you on the straight and narrow: while it’s your right to monitor your property, it’s also a good idea to let anyone visiting your property know he or she is being recorded.
Outsmart potential criminals
While you do want to make elements of your surveillance system obvious, you also want to keep your equipment out of reach. Hanging cameras should be high enough to prevent tampering. Consider locations high on building walls or in tall trees.
Our CCTV systems give you visual access to what’s going on at your property, whether you’re there or not. If you’re away, and you check in on your property and see something amiss—an unauthorized person there, or a problem inside your home—you have the ability to address the situation without actually being there. That can bring peace of mind or a swift resolution when there’s a problem.
Recorded CCTV footage can also provide valuable evidence. Haven’t you ever seen a TV news story that included CCTV clips? If something does happen on your property, and the local authorities become involved, having available footage can increase the chances that the perpetrator is caught.
Part of a complete security system
The best property security measures are comprehensive. Ample lighting, secure locks, surveillance, and alarm systems all work together to deter criminals and provide you peace of mind.
As a businessperson or homeowner, you’ve worked hard—and you should protect your property. Grand Slam A/V and Security is your expert partner for home automation, security and comfort. Through connected systems and creative solutions, we give you on-demand access to music and media, simplify your home and business systems, and help you protect what matters most. With over 20 years’ experience and a staff of technicians at the top of their game, we bring expertise, collaboration, and service to every engagement. Fully licensed, bonded, and insured for both residential and commercial projects, we pride ourselves on working with both your vision and your budget. Learn more about our services and expertise and reach us at 866-99-(GSAVS) or firstname.lastname@example.org.