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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments

To what extent does CCTV prevent crime

10 April, 2012
UK Security company believes surveillance equipment is no substitute for traditional security
According to Magenta Security, a UK company specialising in manned guarding and monitoring services, CCTV is an assistance tool for investigation rather than a crime prevention aid. The notion put forward by Magenta Security is that surveillance can only be seen as a deterrent if criminals believe that they will be caught as a result.



Britain has an enormous installed base of surveillance equipment both in the public and private sector, much of which could benefit from being upgraded to take advantage of the latest technology which enables more autonomous operation and higher quality evidential recording.



Coupled with public-private partnerships between the country's law enforcement bodies and private sector security firms like Magenta, there is an opportunity to improve the crime statistics in the UK but increasing staffing levels and having the ranks of monitoring personnel swelled isn't the most effective method.



CCTV is certainly a crime prevention tool and whilst it is unlikely to do away with the need for security personnel, it can enjoy more autonomy with the right application of technology. The reason for this is that in terms of crime prevention, CCTV shouldn't be viewed in isolation. Instead, it is becoming more and more part of integrated systems used for access control, alarm verification and assisting in scene analysis.



With video analytics, on-board processing and logical connection with other cameras for tracking, some of the decision making that would be done by monitoring stations including the triggering of alerts, is now done by the camera.



As such, CCTV is very much part of the UK's crime prevention initiative.
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