Gone are the days of the “safe neighbourhood” and unfortunately, in this day and age, crime rates are on the rise. As of the latest report from Victoria Police, crime rates since 2010 have risen an incredible 14.9% across total offences. This includes such crimes as theft, burglary, arson and damage of property. The most interesting of all is the theft of motor vehicles from homes, which is up by a massive 12% as opposed to the year before.
These days in order to prosecute, the identification of a person and proof of wrong doing is pivotal. Unlike America, in Australia we have the current legal system of “innocent till proven guilty” and what better way to prove a particular burglar stole or damaged your car/home/property than by capturing their image on a high definition digital CCTV system. But this isn’t the only function of a CCTV system, to tell you more, we have compiled a list of 5 reasons we believe CCTV may benefit you.
1. Who’s that ringing the doorbell now!?
Ever had those times where you’ve just settled in from a long day at work, you’ve made a piping hot cup of coffee and just kicked your feet up and suddenly, the doorbell rings… you’ve got to be kidding! Is it even worth you getting up? – Problem solved. Open up your smart phone and click on the remote viewing app to see whose car is in the driveway or who is at your front door. I personally do this all the time and save face when trying to avoiding those door to door salesmen.
2. Are the kids home from school yet?
In our day and age, keeping an eye on the kids is important but persists to be an ever present issue as parents work long hours whilst kids are getting home from school shortly after the clock strikes 3.. Or did they stroll out of school at 1 to take an early journey home? Without a teacher complaint, we don’t really know. This can be having a detrimental affect on things such as their academics and more importantly their safety. If no one knows they’ve left and where they’ve gone, who is really looking out for their safety?
With remote viewing, their movements of coming home will be detected and recorded. If you’re like me and generally in the office till ungodly hours, you’ll want to be keeping an eye on when and where your children are – and now you can. Just open up your smart phone in front of you and you now have your own personal and very portable, CCTV security system.
3. I wonder how the dog’s doing, it’s 40 degree’s today!
Most of us have pets, and like most of us with our pets comes a certain level of care that people without pets just won’t understand. We bring them into our families, bring them in out of the rain if the weather is bad, make sure their water bowls are filled and they’re out of the sun on hot days and they are fed on time. But unfortunately, not everyone can be relied upon – but luckily for you, a cctv system can. From the comfort of your artificially lit office, you’ll now be able to track the progress of your pets and what they’re getting up to.
4. Wonder if my order has arrived yet
If you’re like me and you like to order online, you either have your parcels delivered to the office or to your front door step. Now granted, we don’t always have the luxury of being able to stay at home to receive our deliveries precisely when they arrive, but at least we’ll be able to keep an eye on them until we’re able to get home or a family member arrives home to bring it in for us! Specifically when you’ve just ordered those pair of shoes you’ve waited weeks for.
5. Geez it’d be nice to know what’s going on around the home while we’re away
Don’t worry, I get it, you need a break from your day to day routine. We all do. It’s what makes us human, after all. More often than not, to escape the mundane and monotonous rut we so often find ourselves in; we escape the cold and make a break for the warmer climates of the tropic regions. But when we do, we leave behind our most important assets to us; our homes. Granted, it provides us with a little reassurance when we tell our neighbours to watch over our homes (i.e. bring in our mail, bring in the bins etc) but how do we truly know what’s going on?
Well, while you find yourself sitting in the hotel lobby 1000’s of km away, just open up your smart phone and boot the application up. Have your bins been taken in? Now you know. Are there any packages at your front door that need to be taken inside? Just send your neighbour a message.
Still Not Convinced?
So there you have it – 5 reasons why CCTV is essential. CCTV isn’t just for the sole purpose of recording wrong doing within the borders of your home, but for much more. And as always, for everything CCTV and anything else security, you know who to turn to.
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