The most important thing to a person committing a crime is not being caught. CCTV is a major deterrent as it means that not only does the criminal have to contend with the crime but they must now also disguise themselves. This often makes them stand out before the crime has been attempted.
With the latest forms of detection we can detect and record criminals before they have attempted a break-in or theft. When these systems are remotely monitored we can then either call the police or guarding service, or use a public address system to warn them off.
In recent years the quality of recordings has increased dramatically. This is mainly due to the use of digital technology within the CCTV industry, providing better pictures at a dramatically reduced cost which has made the systems so affordable that they arefitted not just to high risk businesses but to homes as well.
A small domestic system will allow you to view around your house from your television as well as to review recordings of previous day's activity from your computer. You can if you wish even access the system from any internet point in the world or from your smart phone!
Cameras no longer need to look like traditional cameras and can be discretely located where you need them most and with the minimum impact to the aesthetics of your building.
The best format to record a picture in is colour because this is the medium we see in. The problem with colour cameras is that as the light level falls the picture soon begins to break up and become meaningless.
At low light levels monochrome cameras are far more sensitive. The solution is a camera that is colour during daylight hours that becomes monochrome at night.
Moreover as monochrome cameras can be sensitive to infrared light that is beyond the human light spectrum we can also then equip the camera with an infrared light source so in effect they can see in total darkness.
Entering and leaving a building, whether a hospital, hotel, large store, school, airport or office block, was once something staff and visitors alike did without a second thought.
It was access based on good faith and trust. Sadly, that increasingly no longer seems to be the case. For larger organisations not just entrances and exits, but within the building itself, lack of door security can pose problems.
The solution is the installation of an effective, and simple to use access control system. To ensure that the access system is tailored to your needs, we can offer a wide range of technologies.
The original access control system is still a lock operated by a key or where multiple locks are involved a master key system where your key matches your job description. We can even protect the key from being duplicated by intricate key designs and copyright protected by law. We have installed these systems in large houses, schools, hotels, offices, power stations and airports.
There are however a couple of drawbacks with the mechanical systems; the first is it is not possible to remove a lost key from the system without rekeying all the locks that the key operated and the second is that there will not be an audit trail as to which key was used in which lock.
We can provide mechanical digital locks which are cost effective and very easy to use. Unfortunately these also suffer from not having an audit trail and though it is easy to change the code it is, in practice, very hard to tell the other code users of any change when the code is compromised. They are therefore used in low security applications with limited users.
In higher security applications or where larger numbers of users are involved then electronic access systems should be considered.