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10 ways how CCTV protects your property

Updated: 24/10/2023

CCTV security cameras protect and secure your property in many ways, from direct security against intruders, to protection against internal threats. We’ve listed 10 of the most common ways a security camera system can protect your property and the people on it:

1. Intruder Deterrence:

CCTV cameras act as a visual deterrent[1] to potential burglars or intruders, as they are aware that they are being monitored and recorded. Security cameras are visible and can be clearly seen by anyone approaching the property. This serves as a reminder that the property is being monitored and can discourage potential criminals from attempting to break in.

CCTV systems record footage of the property and the surrounding area. This footage can be used to identify potential criminals, which can increase the chances of them being caught and prosecuted.

2. Surveillance:

The property is watched by cameras 24/7 around the clock, it can be constantly recorded or set to trigger on a motion detection event. Security cameras allow property owners to monitor their property in real-time or review footage later to detect any suspicious behavior or criminal activity.

3. Evidence collection:

If a break-in or other criminal activity does occur, CCTV footage can be used as evidence[2] to help identify and prosecute the perpetrator. Recorded footage can be used to establish the time that a crime was committed, which can be used to place a suspect at the scene of the crime.

Additionally, camera footage can be used to track a criminal’s movements and actions, which can be used to build a case against them.

4. Remote monitoring:

Many CCTV systems now allow property owners to view live footage remotely via a smartphone or computer, which means they can keep an eye on their property even when they’re away. This is achieved through the use of a network connection, such as the internet, to transmit the footage from the security cameras to the remote device.

5. Alarm trigger:

Some CCTV systems can be integrated with an alarm system, so that when motion is detected the alarm is triggered, which can alert the property owner or a monitoring service.

6. Identifying the cause of damage:

CCTV footage can help to identify the cause of any damage to the property, such as vandalism or a gas leak, enabling the property owner to take appropriate action. Surveillance cameras can be an effective tool for determining the cause of damage to a property by providing visual evidence of what has occurred. Security cameras are typically installed at key points throughout a property, such as entrances, exits, and high-risk areas. These cameras can capture footage of any person or event that may have caused the damage. This footage can be reviewed in real-time or later to detect the cause of the damage.

7. Monitoring of employees:

CCTV can also be used to monitor employees, ensuring the safety and security of the workplace, as well as to prevent theft or other criminal activity from within the organization. Business security cameras can be used to monitor the actions of employees, providing visual evidence of any misconduct or violations of company policy. This can help employers to identify issues and take appropriate action, such as disciplinary measures or retraining. Additionally, CCTV cameras can be used to monitor the actions of customers and other visitors to the workplace, providing a visual record of any incidents or issues that may arise. This can be useful in addressing any complaints or disputes that may occur. 

Furthermore, cameras can be used as a tool for employee training, as it can provide visual examples of good and bad practices. This can also be used to monitor employee performance and to identify areas where training or support is needed. By monitoring employees with CCTV, employers can help to create a safer and more secure workplace, while also protecting the company’s assets and reputation.

8. Protecting the vulnerable:

CCTV systems can be especially useful in protecting vulnerable people, such as the elderly or children, by monitoring their movements and ensuring their safety. Security cameras can be used to monitor vulnerable people in order to protect them from harm. This can include elderly people[4] living alone, people with disabilities, or children in a school or daycare setting. By having surveillance cameras in place, caregivers or authorities can keep an eye on these individuals and respond quickly in case of an emergency or if abuse is suspected. Additionally, the presence of security cameras can act as a deterrent to potential abusers. It can also provide evidence in case of any crimes or abuse.

9. Traffic monitoring:

CCTV cameras can be used to monitor traffic and improve traffic flow[3] in parking lots or on roads. Cameras can identify and address any potential bottlenecks or safety hazards that may arise. Furthermore, it can be helpful to spot areas where more parking spaces are needed, and to monitor compliance with parking regulations. CCTV footage can also be used as evidence in case of any incidents or disputes. By having CCTV cameras in place, businesses can respond quickly to any issues that may arise, and keep their parking lot running smoothly and safely.

10. Compliance:

CCTV systems can be used to ensure compliance with safety regulations and laws in certain industries such as retail, hospitality and transportation by providing a visual record of activities. 

  1. In retail, for example, cameras can be used to monitor customer and employee behavior, ensuring that safety protocols are being followed and that no one is stealing from the store. 
  2. In the hospitality industry, security cameras can be used to monitor guest areas, ensuring that health and safety regulations are being followed and that no one is engaging in any criminal activity. 
  3. Similarly, in transportation, CCTV cameras can be used to monitor the vehicles, passengers, and employees, ensuring that safety regulations are being followed and that no one is engaging in any criminal activity. 

CCTV systems can also be useful in identifying and addressing any potential hazards, such as equipment malfunction or poorly maintained infrastructure. This can prevent accidents, reduce liability and ensure compliance with safety regulations and laws.


In conclusion, CCTV is an incredibly powerful and versatile tool for any property, residential or commercial. Applications range from the obvious of theft deterrence/prevention, but by no means are limited to just that with the power of remote monitoring. CCTV systems are a very valuable investment any property owner should consider making.

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