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CCTV Monitoring: How Does Remote Monitoring Work?

There are around six million CCTV cameras in Britain. That's one camera for every 11 people. So, if you're worried about securing your business or property, you're definitely not alone. The number of burglaries in England and Wales sharply rose 32% in 2018. It's no wonder that leaving your equipment, electronics, and other expensive valuables in your building makes you uneasy.

When you can't be at your house or property, how can you keep your assets safe?

Luckily, you can use CCTV monitoring to have a team of experts remotely watch out for any intruders. If you're curious about how remote CCTV monitoring works, you're in the right place. Let's take a look.


What is CCTV?

First of all, CCTV doesn't stand for closed caption television-- at least not the CCTV we're talking about. This CCTV is an abbreviation for closed-circuit television. CCTV is basically a security camera that's used to record video. The cameras are either hidden in a secure spot or placed out in the open to ward off burglars. They also have the capability to store the captured video so it can be reviewed at a later time.


What is Remote Monitoring?

There's a difference between regular CCTV cameras and the ones that have remote capabilities.


Normal CCTV

Typical CCTV cameras will simply record video and save the footage. This isn't very helpful if you're trying to catch a thief or vandal-- most criminals disguise themselves, making it harder for police to identify them.


Remotely Monitored CCTV

When your CCTV cameras are remotely monitored, you can get the benefits of having an alarm-like system, as well as video footage as evidence. A group of security professionals watches your CCTV camera's footage when you're away. They're located at a remote station and are promptly alerted of any unusual activity. If any suspicious activity is detected, the security professionals will receive an alarm. They'll review the footage, and quickly call the police and key holder if an intruder is confirmed. The security professional can also give the thief an audible warning, which can possibly prevent the crime.

You can choose to have your home or business monitored 24/7 or just watched at certain times. Because remotely monitored CCTV cameras alert the police as soon as an intruder is detected, you'll have a better chance of catching the culprit and preventing the theft.


How Does Remote CCTV Monitoring Work?

All you need to set up a CCTV monitoring system is an internet connection. The internet connection transmits the footage it picks up from your strategically-placed security cameras to the remote station. It will appear on screens before a team of security professionals that will keep an eye out for any strange activity.

When the cameras detect an intruder, the footage will show up on the screen of one of these professionals. The security expert can zoom in on the live footage, as well as move it in order to get the best angle. The criminal is unable to hide in any blind spots as a member of the security team moves the camera.

The security professional will then proceed to call emergency services. They'll also contact the property owner and anyone else who you wish to be alerted. In an attempt to make the thief flee, the security expert can audibly order the intruder to leave the area.


Benefits of Remote CCTV Cameras

Remote CCTV monitoring has many advantages over regular security cameras, alarms, and even guards located on-premise. You may think your belongings are safe if you simply have an alarm in place. Alarms are loud, but they're only loud enough to let you or your neighbors know of a potential burglar. People also often brush off alarms and think that they get set off by mistake. CCTV cameras can also be manipulated remotely, meaning you'll get the best image possible of the criminal. The police will no longer have to guess when making an arrest.

The surveillance team that monitors the camera will save you money and will constantly keep your property safe. Security guards are expensive--in addition to their salary, you have to compensate them for sick time, holiday pay, and give them benefits. Security guards aren't available all the time either, some will have to take days off. The risk of human error is lower with remote CCTV cameras. Guards can only be in one place at a time. With several cameras all over your property being monitored simultaneously, you're guaranteed to be protected from theft.

Remotely monitored CCTV gives you peace of mind. The team constantly surveys your property so you'll never have to worry about your site not being watched.


Why Should You Use CCTV?

Not only does installing a CCTV remote monitoring system save you thousands of pounds on the cost of hiring guards, it will also save you from spending money on replacing missing or damaged items on your property. Having an extensive security system will protect all of your expensive equipment and belongings from theft.

You can also easily keep track of the intruder using remote CCTV. A security professional is able to carefully watch the thief from the moment they get into one of your camera's range. At the sight of a criminal, the security team will rapidly alert emergency services. Compared to a typical alarm system, it may take hours for someone to notice that it's going off-- and there's still a chance that no one will call the police.

Criminals are discouraged from trespassing into your property when they see your CCTV cameras. The verbal warning that the security station gives will also drive them away.


Secure Your Property

Having a remote CCTV monitoring system for your business, property, or home can prevent potential thefts, vandalism, and any other suspicious activity from occurring. With today's climbing crime rate, it's important to take the proper safety measures to protect your property. At Empress Connect, we specialise in providing security solutions, including remote CCTV installation and surveillance. Contact us to learn more about securing your property with a remote CCTV monitoring system.

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