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They used to say that you are never more than 6 feet away from a rat but nowadays the same can almost be said about CCTV cameras. It is not just companies that use them as a way to protect their properties, but many residential properties and the police find them invaluable when they are on main streets up and down the country. Not everyone is a fan of the amount of cameras that are in situ, but there is the old adage that if you have not done anything wrong then you have nothing to fear. The United Kingdom is believed to have more cameras per resident than anywhere else in the world, so does that make it a safer country? In all honesty it probably does not, but it does mean there is more chance of the criminals showing up on the film.
History Of CCTV
Walter Bruch a German engineer was responsible for the first CCTV camera in 1942 and they were installed to allow them to watch the V-2 rockets being launched. The USA had Vericon in 1949, but there is no information regarding this or how effective it was. It was the 1970s and the invention of VCR technology that the cameras became very effective and the scenes could be recorded for later scrutiny.
CCTV Cameras in the USA
The first use was in Times Square by the NYPD to try to combat the crime wave that was there and while it did not seem to be too effective, other forces took to using cameras and hoping they would be a deterrent. The use of cameras grew over the years but it was only really with the 9/11 attacks that they were considered worth of large scale installation. Reviews were carried out and the figures showed that crime was going down were the cameras were placed in New York and Cincinnati. In parking lots there was a slight drop and the same applied to areas were public transport was running.
CCTV Cameras in The UK
The first cameras were used in Kings Lynn in Norfolk and over the years have been invaluable when it comes to detecting crime although unfortunately not preventing it. Throughout the 1980’s there were trials and they were considered worthy of a widespread roll out of cameras around the country. Public houses have to have cameras inside and out and while it does not stop all crime, there are fewer cases when patrons know they are being watched. Crimes have been solved thanks to the cameras and one tragic case was James Bulger. His life was not saved but his abductors were caught as they were seen taking him away from the shopping centre where he was with some of his family.
Use By Criminals
There has been a downside to the use of CCTV cameras and that is because criminals have found a way to place them at ATM machines and capture personal details. This is costing member of the public and sometimes the banks a great deal of money.
All in all CCTV has been successful and while there are some being damaged to prevent material being used, cages are being provided to protect them and stronger materials used when they are constructed.
This article is penned by Matt Jackson, a senior executive in a leading financial firm. He is also an avid blogger and shares simple tips through his articles. He feels having your own personal ID card printer for your office can help you save a lot of money.