How do CCTV Systems help beat crime?
As the winter months draw in and daylight hours become shorter, securing your home has never been more important. With car crime typically peaking during the Christmas period, what is the best way you can protect your property? CCTV systems can be one of the most efficient and cost-effective ways to ensure that you, your home and your belongings are safe this winter.
Read on to find out the potential benefits a CCTV system could offer your home.
CCTV is the ultimate visible deterrent
As the old adage goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’ and having a home CCTV system can stop a burglary happening before it even occurs. Having cameras pointed at the entry of your home will act as a visual deterrent for potential thieves; in fact, The College of Policing has found that using CCTV cameras in car parks has resulted in a 51% decrease in car theft and crime. However, should this deterrent prove unsuccessful, a high resolution CCTV system is vital in assisting police with their enquiries and identifying criminals. There is a wide range of high quality cameras available on the market that work in a variety of different conditions: long distance, bad weather and even poor lighting. This ensures that, no matter the circumstances, you should be able to supply valuable evidence against anyone who breaks into your home.
Value for money
As well as being affordable to run, CCTV can save you money in other ways. Notifying your home insurance company of CCTV on your premises can reduce your policy costs as it means you’re less likely to make a claim. As well as this financial gain, installing CCTV is incredibly cost-effective, adding very little to your utilities bill. This is because there is very little in the way of running costs and maintenance; you can rely on your cameras to work for years to come, with only the occasional check up needed.
CCTV provides peace of mind
With so many other things to think about in the lead up to the autumn/winter months, don’t let your home security be one of them. Having an effective CCTV system in place offers peace of mind that, should the worst happen, you are protected. In these darker winter months, hearing an unusual noise or disturbance around your property can be scary. That’s why, for our domestic customers, we also offer an app that allows you to monitor your cameras from the comfort of your phone. That way, you don’t even need to leave your house to check the property perimeter in any potentially unsafe situations, which is particularly useful for our more vulnerable customers. It is imperative that regular CCTV maintenance is carried out to ensure the system continues to operate as it is designed to.
However, should this advice come too late and your home has already been subject to a break in, Astra Security Systems also offers a full range of locksmith services. We are full members of the Master Locksmiths Association and are happy to assist with a wide range of jobs. From replacing your keys after a break in to installing a new master system: no job is too small.
If you’re interested in investing in a home CCTV system for your property in Maidstone, Tonbridge, Medway, Ashford or the surrounding areas, look no further than Astra Security Systems. We offer a team of SSAIB certified and inspected installers with over 40 years of experience. To get a quote or discuss your security options, contact our friendly team today.