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What you need to know before purchasing CCTV


An overview of our original white paper, 15 Things You Need To Know Before Purchasing CCTV. …

An overview of our original white paper, 15 Things You Need To Know Before Purchasing CCTV.

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  • 1. 15 things you need to know before purchasing CCTV An overview © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012Registered Office: Brooke House, John Hyrne Way, Norwich, NR5 0AF Registered in England: 6395272
  • 2. Contents Why choose CCTV? What is the purpose of CCTV? Do I need a license? Activations In-house monitoring vs. remote monitoring Added benefits of CCTV How much will it cost? What are the alternatives? Get the full white paper About Gardwell Secure Systems Contact © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 3. Why choose CCTV? The British Chambers of Commerce have found the cost of crime currently costs over £12.6 billion Theft has also risen due to the effects of the recession CCTV acts as a deterrent to potential intruders and provides evidence should anybody break in or damage your premises It’s also a cost-effective solution compared with other security services, such as security guards © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 4. What is the purpose of CCTV? CCTV can be used to protect against theft, trespass, vandalism, or to protect goods CCTV is normally used as a surveillance tool or to identify and prosecute offenders Placement depends on what you want to use the CCTV for For surveillance, the cameras are best placed at a higher angle so they can view a wider area For the identification of offenders, the CCTV is best placed at eye level so that you are more likely to get a clearer picture of their face You could also opt for detection-based CCTV but this is more expensive © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 5. Do I need a license? The Public Access Space and the Data Protection Act requires that you obtain a license for CCTV You can register here: otify.aspx Internally, your staff don’t have to be SIA licensed. However, if you’re using an outside contractor then they must be SIA licenced with Public Space Surveillance (CCTV) licences You must display signage to warn people they are being recorded by CCTV whilst on the site, and you must also display a telephone number © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 6. Activations When activated, your CCTV camera will display 2 – 3 still images and a live feed If there is an intruder on site, you must either call your nominated security contractor or the police for assistance You should only send a colleague to the scene to determine the cause of the activation if it is both practical and safe to do so © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 7. In-house vs. remote monitoring In-house monitoring means someone will monitor your CCTV system all the time, but this is not always cost-effective or practical Remote monitoring can be passed on to a third party, either a monitoring company or a security contractor Generally, if you are using an external security company to monitor your CCTV system, they will co-ordinate contact with all third party agencies including the police and boarding up services They will normally send their mobile patrol guards with keys to the site to confirm any activations The benefits of hiring a third party to carry out the monitoring of your CCTV are that they will know what they’re doing and therefore will not waste your time with false alarms. They can even be instructed to send out the relevant response unit if they notice any suspicious activity © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 8. Added benefits of CCTV Lone Worker – providing protection/support for your staff when working alone on site Marketing tool – customers have used CCTV to monitor customer numbers coming in and out of site Time Management – having a backup system to allow you to verify staff & visitors coming on and offsite Health & Safety – ability to review footage following any incidents to confirm causation, provide evidence, etc. Similarly this can apply to stock management and day to day management matters. © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 9. How much will it cost? The price of the CCTV system will be dependent on a number of factors; for example, size of the site, the number of CCTV cameras, lighting You should also expect two maintenance visits per annum The initial cost of the solution is generally a capital cost You need to be clear from the beginning with your supplier what your budget is, so that they can tailor their offerings appropriately This initial outlay can be spread over a number of years and then effectively be an operating cost to the business, rather than a capital cost The options open to you are either rental or leasing options, but this will allow the opportunity to increase your initial outlay by spreading the cost over a long period © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 10. What are the alternatives to CCTV? There are a number of alternatives to CCTV, namely having a physical security presence on site, such as a Security Officer or Security Officer and a dog to target hardening measures such as grills and shutters. You can also utilise random mobile patrols throughout the times of site closure to ensure regular, but not permanent site coverage. It is always recommended that this is random as a regularly timed patrol is easy for a thief to plan their time of attack. Intruder alarms can be utilised in conjunction with a monitored alarm, or RedCare systems backed up by alarm response vehicles and/or the police. Doing nothing is another option but is not recommended and would potentially put you at risk with your insurers in event of a theft. Note: It is worth discussing with your insurers any enhancements to your security arrangement as this may result in a discounted premium. © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 11. Get the full white paper  If you would like to read the full white paper, which includes technical details and further advice, please visit © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 12. About Gardwell Secure Systems Gardwell Secure Systems, part of the GSL Dardan Group, has a trading history that dates back to 1996. The company was originally founded in Great Yarmouth to help secure the properties and assets of companies created during the boom years of the offshore gas industry. Quickly establishing itself as a leading provider of security services across East Anglia, Gardwell Secure Systems specialises in the design, installation, maintenance, servicing, and support of CCTV, access control systems, and intruder alarm systems in industries including the energy, aviation, manufacturing, finance, retail, transportation, and logistics sectors. Our highly trained staff are involved in all aspects of the project; from the initial design through to the installation of security equipment, implementation of security strategies, and training of operators and site managers. We have complete confidence in our ability to deliver the right security services for your business, and consolidate our position as the largest independent provider of quality security systems across East Anglia. © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012
  • 13. Contact Registered office address: Brooke House, John Hyrne Way, Longwater Business Park, Norwich, Norfolk, NR5 0AF Head office address: Endeavour House, Admiralty Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3NG Telephone: (01493) 742020 Fax: (01493) 742019 Email: Web: © GARDWELL SECURE SYSTEMS 2012