Surveillance cameras are used in various applications such as banks, offices, retail stores, and most businesses where surveillance of customers, workers or premises is required. These cameras are installed in a number of ways. Many business and private homes opt for permanent surveillance installations, which are then connected to the internal IP network. Alternatively, portable, mobile units can be deployed to monitor a certain area and then removed once the need has passed. All surveillance cameras are configured so that they can record video or image data which can then be retrieved. This data can be later reviewed by security professionals, so that suspicious activity is identified and can be investigated by the appropriate authorities.
Surveillance cameras are becoming increasingly important for the home, or business, when monitoring the premises of family or friends or of employees. They are also increasingly being used to capture evidence of crime, which can later be used as evidence in court. Some home systems are also capable of recording audio from the internal microphone, which can also be used in evidence. These systems can typically be controlled by the owner or a trusted tenant.
Security surveillance systems are being increasingly used for monitoring various types of premises. They can include:
- Property protection and surveillance.
- Awareness of who may enter the premises.
- Asset protection.
- Monitoring of premises where the public or clients enter.
- Crime prevention and prevention.
- Remote alarm monitoring.
Surveillance cameras can be used to record various types of premises and objects.
There is an increase in cases where burglary and theft occur when people are not present. These incidents are often identified when the security footage is reviewed on the camera itself or when it is reported by others. It is for this reason that home and office security systems include surveillance cameras. When installed, a typical system includes a security camera that is connected to a security system which is often combined with a motion sensor and a microphone.
The use of security cameras in offices has increased due to the rise in office break-ins and theft of equipment. Many offices, retail stores, fast food franchises and other businesses use surveillance cameras in an effort to deter and monitor break-ins. These cameras can also be used for employee monitoring and awareness and to record footage of premises where clients enter.
Retail stores also increasingly use surveillance cameras. These cameras are installed in store entrances and at exit points to record video footage of potential shoplifters. Theft from retail stores is one of the biggest problems that businesses are currently facing. This is not just a problem of increasing consumer demand for cheap goods but also a problem which is increasing as the population of shoppers worldwide increases. It is therefore important for retail outlets to install surveillance cameras to prevent shoplifting.
Industrial workplaces have seen a huge increase in thefts from stores which are either unattended or poorly secured. Industrial CCTV is also used to record footage of production lines to help identify any potential theft of items such as tools or components. An unattended store or factory can become vulnerable to theft, especially when the potential for profit is high. For example, when a factory is operating overtime for a client and is unattended, the potential for theft is high.
Construction sites also use CCTV cameras to monitor the site and prevent theft of components and materials. The video footage of a construction site can be used to identify any suspicious activity which requires investigation.