To enhance the effectiveness of CCTV systems, your cameras can be integrated into a remote monitoring station via an internet connection. This allows an Alarm Receiving Centre to react 24-hours a day if any suspicious activity should occur.
For home and business owners across the country, knowing their CCTV is being monitored at all times offers fantastic peace of mind. Although cameras alone help deter some intruders, their value is restricted should a break-in occur anyway.
With remote monitoring, your property is constantly supervised by a professional team who will issue a live audio warning or alert the emergency services if a breach has been made.
How the System Works
Homeowners may already be aware of remote viewing technology that allows them to access live CCTV feeds via a laptop computer, tablet or smartphone. Access into this system can be made from any location in the world via an internet connection, and be limited via passwords and IP filtering for additional security.
Off-site monitoring works in the same manner, with the Alarm Receiving Centre able to access your camera network either at will or once a sensor is triggered.
Typical Course of Action
Cameras will be set up in prime locations across your building so that, if a break-in does occur, the intruder is almost certain to activate the sensor. In most cases, this sensor will be a passive infrared detector.
Live images of the breach will be immediately routed to the external station where they’ll be viewed by a trained specialist. In some cases, the operators can change and zoom cameras to assess the situation with more clarity. Of course, the ‘breach’ could simply be a false alarm.
However, if a threat is detected then the initial course of action is to issue a live audio warning. This could be something along the following lines:
“This is a security announcement. You are being monitored and recorded on live CCTV. Leave now or the police will be called.”
In the vast majority of cases, the intruder is scared off immediately. They’ll already be highly anxious so the shock of a loud audio warning will usually see them scarper pretty quickly.
If your property still remains at risk then the emergency services will be called. With the intruder being tracked at all times, the police responder will be notified in real-time of their actions and whereabouts. Another bonus is that the police are likely to respond quicker to an alert from a professional Alarm Receiving Centre.
Advantages of CCTV Monitoring
As well as the obvious deterrent and live monitoring benefits, CCTV monitoring will provide footage of the assailant that can be used in court to secure a conviction. The likelihood of false alarms being raised will also be reduced.
Live audio warnings are very effective in scaring off an intruder, helping safeguard valuable possessions even if the initial break-in is successful. As a bonus, the monitoring station can also be used to check up on elderly relatives or babysitters when you’re away from the property.
If you wish to integrate monitoring capabilities into your existing CCTV network, it’s recommended to seek a security company who have links with a professional video response team to ensure an efficient installation.
If you’re ready to install a CCTV monitoring system in your home, contact us today.
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