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Reasons Security Cameras Need Improvement

The residential security and commercial security experts at Nonstop regularly recommend the installation of CCTV cameras as a layer of security that primarily works as a deterrent. A deterrent is a security layer that any potential burglar will be able to visually see, and would ideally discourage them from even attempting a break in out of fear of failure and/or getting caught. However, security camera systems often need modifications to be as effective as they can and should be. In this brief blog entry, we will detail the reasons that security camera systems require improvements.

Some Criminals Don’t Mind Cameras

Some criminals don’t care enough about security cameras for them to fully deter them from trying to break into your home. It’s a general fact that alarms are more of a deterrent for burglars, and more likely to frighten them off your property than surveillance cameras. This is because they understand that residential security cameras are unlikely to get monitored on a live basis. While this isn’t exactly optimal criminal behavior (as their faces and identity may get recorded,) it’s simply a fact of the matter that security cameras do less to prevent burglaries than hard layers like deadlocks.

Cameras don’t Stop a Crime

Security cameras can potentially tell you if a crime is being committed on your property, but they won’t physically stop one – you have to do so. If a crime happens and is observed by a security camera, the crime has still happened. Simply having a security camera installed won’t PREVENT or STOP a crime per se.

Security Cameras can be Disassembled or even Stolen

Security cameras don’t often have layers of security that protect THEM, and burglars can easily remove elements like CCTV cables, DVR, power supply, or even the camera itself for either profit or an attempt to remove evidence of their crime. Think of it this way – if someone has zero issues burglarizing your property, why would they have any issues stealing or sabotaging a security camera to cover their tracks?

Camera Footage doesn’t Promise a Burglar’s Apprehending

Getting security footage of a crime still doesn’t guarantee that a criminal will be apprehended. You can potentially submit footage of the crime to the authorities who may then be able to search and potentially find the criminal based on the recorded evidence, but this isn’t guaranteed – especially if the burglar was smart and wore a mask or face covering, and didn’t happen to be recorded entering a vehicle.

Security Cameras don’t Block Access

Security cameras act as a deterrent, notifier, or post-crime liability measure; not as a true layer of hard security. Security cameras have nothing on a strong deadlock’s ability to secure and protect doors in your home or business from forced or attempted unauthorized entry – and a security camera with no deadlock infrastructure is simply an empty form of security. Security cameras are best seen as monitors, and an additional layer of security that couldn’t hurt – but not a true method of hard access control. If you truly want to secure your property, installing a series of strong deadbolts is an absolute, 100% MUST.



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