Lenses that zoom in on our activities throughout our every day were once subjects of SF novels, but today they’ve become a reality we live in. Estimates are that there are between 4 and 6 million CCTV cameras in the UK alone – that’s a camera on every 11 citizens.

But instead of simply fearing the „Big Brother“, we can make him work in our favor. CCTV cameras at private properties are one of the most efficient ways to deter potential intruder and make your premises safe, and your sleep sound.

Perhaps one of the most advanced and best ways to utilize CCTV equipment is the remote monitoring system. How does it work?

Principles behind Remote CCTV Monitoring

In remote monitoring, your CCTV and/or alarm system is connected to a professional monitoring service via internet. The cameras that are strategically placed to ensure they cover the whole territory, and then they do what they do – „watch“ and record suspicious activity. Cameras can be activated by movement, or they record continuously for 24 hours a day.

In the case of remote monitoring, if cameras happen to detect a problematic activity, the professional monitoring station is immediately alarmed.

Then, the security operators take direct control of the cameras and search for suspicious activity by panning the cameras, and zooming in and out. This where the real value the remote monitoring lies, since human professionals perform much better at this task any type of automation or artificial intelligence. By actively looking and searching from multiple directions, the operators can make sure that there is no spot where a potential intruder could hide and avoid being noticed.

If suspicious activity is confirmed, the operators take urgent actions according to the threat. A live audio warning is then emitted, informing the intruder that he or she is being recorded, and prompting them to leave the property. Live audio warnings are extremely effective at stopping the unwanted activity, crushing the intruders’ confidence much better than any kind of machine sound.

If the warning is not enough, or if there is another type of non-human hazard going on, the operators will call the emergency services, and also inform the home owner, or the key holder. Since the threat can be visually confirmed and described by an operator, a more vigilant and efficient reaction by the security services and police is to be expected.

And when it comes to the video evidence, you can expect a much more quality footage if the camera was actively controlled by a human during the duration of the incident.

More advantages of Remote CCTV Monitoring

CCTV system itself is a tried and tested anti-criminal deterrent. As with all automatic or semi-automatic devices, the trouble with common CCTV setups is that they can give off false alarms. This is especially true for models with ultra sensitive sensors, which can be triggered by a change in the landscape, or even a harmless stray pet. Besides getting on your nerves, false alarms may make your local security officers more sluggish at answering potential threats, a bit like in the fable „The Boy Who Cried Wolf“.

Remote CCTV monitoring solves both of these problems – all notifications by cameras are instantly checked by operators. Also, if your system happens to get damaged during the incident, a copy of the footage will be safely stored on servers of the security company.

Although remote CCTV monitoring system is initially pricier, you could save a lot of money in the long run. If you’re an owner who considered employing classical static guard at your property, or already have the guards in place, you should be aware that a remote CCTV system could enable you to save up to 80% of your security funds in a year-on-year after the system installation. You can even save on insurance, since some insurance companies CCTV monitoring as a preventive measure which leads to smaller premiums.

At the end of the day, the main way remote CCTV is able to save your money is by saving your property from intruders. It can also take a lot of stress off of your back, thereby saving your health, and that might be the greatest worth of an advanced security system. After all, there are things in life that you can’t buy back.

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