In a nutshell, 24-Hour Surveillance means ‘keeping under watch’ as an act or a process. Therefore, in general, surveillance has to do with observing something with the aim of discovering changes in behavior. This would be the general meaning of the word, but when mentioned in the modern context, the idea that forms in most typical minds is cameras and spying. The purpose is to unearth why surveillance is beneficial for everyone – government law enforcement agencies, enterprises and general home users.
Surveillance systems such as cameras will continue to be a formidable aid to law enforcement agencies. A camera, being a machine, has the alertness and visual capabilities to capture what the human eye of a law enforcement officer won’t.
A surveillance camera equipped with machine vision can help pinpoint speeders and even determine what speed they were driving at in order to define the level of punitive measures. It can pinpoint a stolen vehicle by reading the number plate, a feat that would prove a hassle for the typical officer.
CCTV surveillance is the answer for streets deemed as dangerous. A replay of captured footage makes investigations easy and as short as face recognition and immediate nabbing of the wrong-doer.
Companies/businesses of different sizes can (and do) benefit a lot from surveillance. For an establishment like a supermarket, video surveillance is virtually a must to track shoplifters.
Others that have expensive plants constructed for production have had to introduce surveillance to avert vandalism. Complete reliance on human security personnel has proved totally ineffective.
Surveillance is further useful here to keep tabs on employee activity at the company. Not all members of staff mean well, and most companies – especially those that handle sensitive merchandise – have had to put 24-hour surveillance in place, not to catch usual criminals but to see what employees do when no one is watching!
Surveillance can also prove invaluable if, for an insured company, Insurance providers can be very willing to accept premiums but a lot less willing to take responsibilities when the eventual calamities strike. A sleazy insurer can label an attack by an arsonist as a deliberate act to gain grounds of seeking resettlement without stopping to think that the resettlement amount may not even be enough to cover all losses. Without apt surveillance, it can prove an uphill task to prove anything.
The uses of surveillance at home remain entwined with safeguarding against criminal acts such as theft. And because we usually stay at home with our loved ones – our families – security here remains a top priority.
The harm an intruder can cause to loved ones can cause shudders so we won’t delve too deep. We can start at the end of theft or damage to property.
When an intruder enters one’s home, whatever damage is done can be greatly lessened if the offender can be brought to book and prosecuted. This is why you should invest in viable home surveillance systems this instance if you haven’t.
Help the authorities out – the police don’t know everything, and they can’t automatically and immediately have leads on who broke in. How much easier would it be if they could just playback a video footage from a surveillance system or see captured images?
No matter the vehemence with which activists demonstrate against the use of surveillance, we can aggregate the pros and agree to agree that they by far outweigh cons. The need for surveillance for everyone is unquestionable.