A CCTV security camera system allows the use of video cameras to monitor your property – and is one of the most effective visual crime deterrents on the market.

CCTV, or closed-circuit television, was first used in Germany in 1942. Developed to monitor the launch of V2 rockets, this variety of video surveillance was also adopted by the US during the testing of atomic bombs.

For homeowners, it was initially expensive, bulky and the footage wasn’t of very good quality.

Safe to say, CCTV security cameras have come a long way since then. Now, smartphone technology makes it possible to remotely view live and recorded footage from anywhere in the world. Intended to deter intruders and greatly increase the security of your property, CCTV systems are on their way to becoming one of the world’s most frequently-installed security product.

Here are four ways home security cameras can protect your property:

CCTV footage on a phone, through an App 
CCTV footage on a smartphone

1. Visual crime deterrent

As CCTV security cameras are often highly visible, they can act as a physical deterrent to burglars from the perimeter of your property. Burglaries are often opportunistic, so cameras that can clearly identify a potential thieve's presence on your property could stop them in their tracks. 

2. Identification of criminals

If your property is burgled, damaged or vandalised, a CCTV system can help bring criminals to justice. This can be especially useful if there are no witnesses to a crime, since the camera records what actually happens.  The footage taken from your CCTV camera can be provided to the police, which will assist them with the prosecution of offenders. 

WA Police have minimum recommendations (PDF 84KB) for CCTV systems to ensure the chance of a successful prosecution due to good quality CCTV evidence and cameras should be installed by a licensed installer.  By registering your system with police, you’ll be contributing to community safety in Western Australia.  For more information refer to the Western Australian State CCTV Strategy.

3. Access to footage from anywhere, at any time

A benefit of some CCTV systems is the ability to access footage captured by your camera remotely 24/7. Using your tablet, desktop or smart phone, you can jump online or use an app to view footage from your CCTV system – either live or from its archive depending on your system setup.  Being able to see events in real-time gives homeowners the ability to take immediate action if they see something isn’t right.

A house viewed from a CCTV camera
Keep an eye on your house from anywhere

4. Peace of mind

The safety of your family safety is paramount. The installation of a CCTV system on your property can provide tremendous peace of mind, and in these terms, is a low-cost, high-return investment that will keep an eye on both your property and your loved ones.

Install CCTV security cameras at your home and save 

If you’d like to improve your home security, RAC can provide you with a free in-home security consultation. Plus, members save 10% on security cameras and receive 24/7 surveillance access with our easy to use App, wherever you are.

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Last updated: September 2019