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CCTV vs burglar alarms – which system is right for you?

Business and homeowners alike often ask us whether it would be best for them to have a CCTV system rather than a burglar alarm. Unfortunately, it’s hard to give a definitive answer to this question as with so many things in life, a one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work! A number of factors need to be taken into consideration if you’d like to decide whether or not CCTV is best for you, including:

• Will CCTV offer the most cost-effective solution?
• Is regular maintenance going to be possible to ensure that the CCTV system continues to provide effective protection?
• Is the best option to simply install a security alarm AND CCTV system?

Although there’s no doubt that CCTV cameras provide a highly effective deterrent, if remote monitoring isn’t available, camera footage can only be used retrospectively as evidence. Despite the fact that the sight of CCTV cameras is usually enough to put off most thieves, there are some who are determined enough not to be put off.. Therefore remote monitoring is the most effective solution and can could you save money on other crime prevention measures.

What is remote monitoring?

CCTV systems which are remotely monitored will alert you as an incident happens because those monitoring the system will contact you or the emergency services. This clearly offers a far better opportunity to catch thieves whilst they’re committing a crime and footage only needs to be used once the offence has occurred. Bear in mind though that in the majority of cases though a remotely monitored CCTV system is usually sufficient to stop intruders in their tracks.

Monitored burglar alarm systems

Burglar alarm systems are also more effective when they’re monitored. Unlike simple bell only systems and depending on the type of monitoring you choose, either yourself, an emergency contact (a neighbour, for example) or the police will be informed if the alarm is triggered. Monitored alarms are much more efficient than bell only systems as when the alarm is activated, the professionals who monitor the system will asses the risk to security. A well-designed and professionally installed burglar alarm offers real benefits to home and business owners alike, providing you with protection and peace of mind, no matter where you might be.