How Can CCTV Improve Security?

Over the past two years, the national lockdowns have caused a dramatic reduction in thefts throughout the UK. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that the year ending September 2021 saw an 18% decrease in thefts from the year ending September 2019.

However, police have warned that incidents of theft are expected to rise now that COVID restrictions have been lifted. 

Various studies have shown that installing CCTV in your home or business is one of the most effective ways to protect your home against theft. In this article, we explore how CCTV can improve your security.



The biggest advantage of home CCTV or commercial CCTV is that it serves as a deterrent against crime. Studies have found that using CCTV results in around a 13% reduction in crime in overall settings. Some settings, such as car parks, show a 51% decrease in crime. 

And the same trend holds true with domestic thefts. In fact, a 2012 study surveyed over 400 incarcerated burglars regarding what prompted them to consider or ignore a particular target. Over 60% of the respondents said that CCTV systems would deter them from targeting a specific property.

Most thieves will target homes with a visible flaw in their security. This might be a broken lock, an old door or a lack of CCTV security. One of the best ways to deter thieves from your property is to display a modern CCTV system in public view. Potential intruders will see the system and decide it would be less risky to target somewhere else. 


Provide evidence

CCTV is an effective measure to prevent theft from happening. However, they also offer additional security after a theft has taken place. 

Your CCTV system will record any suspicious activity or intrusions, all of which can be passed on to the police to help identify and convict the perpetrator. The CCTV system gives you a much greater chance of retrieving any stolen items and preventing the burglar from committing any further thefts.

CCTV footage also provides evidence of stolen items for insurance purposes. You’re more likely to succeed in your insurance claims if you submit them with video evidence.


Peace of mind

Security comes in many forms, and one of the most important is peace of mind.

CCTV provides an increased sense of security and reassurance. Simply knowing that you have installed a system that acts as a deterrent will help alleviate fears of a break-in.

Many modern CCTV systems connect to a smartphone or smart device for remote access. This means you can view live CCTV footage of your property from anywhere in the world. There’s no need to let a holiday be plagued with fears of what might happen at home. You can monitor your home at any time, from anywhere.


Caught on Camera are the leading suppliers and installers of high-quality CCTV security systems across Essex, London and the South East region, including Epping, Barnet, Cambridge and London. We design bespoke systems that cater to your needs. So whether you’re a domestic, commercial, retail or industrial customer, we can improve your security with state-of-the-art CCTV systems that suit your budget.


Contact our team today to find out how we can help you.