Camera Surveillance

Written by Jacey Harmon
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Property crime makes up three-quarters of all crime in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there were over 14 million property thefts completed in 2003. Modern technology has aided in reducing the amount of property crime. Camera surveillance is being used to help protect business and residential locations. Camera surveillance is even becoming popular amongst municipalities to police traffic intersections.

According to the New York Camera Surveillance Project, there are nearly 2,400 surveillance cameras monitoring public space. There is a growing debate amongst citizens of the validity of these public surveillance cameras. Some citizens don't mind the government's surveillance of public areas to reduce crime rates. Others, however, worry about a government that may overstep its bounds in monitoring its citizens.

Whatever side of the debate you may fall, one can't argue the use of surveillance cameras for businesses. As noted above, property crime is the most common form of crime in the United States. Surveillance cameras make a handy tool in deterring and identifying criminals. Also, they are a major deterrent in preventing employee theft and crime, which is of rising concern to many business owners.

Monitoring Surveillance Camera Footage

We are all familiar with the traditional wall of monitors common with video surveillance systems. Today, the use of the Internet has transformed the wall of screens into a portable viewing portal. Video can be streamed through internet connections and viewed at a portal website. Video can be digitally recorded through the monitoring website for accessible storage. Video monitoring websites allow people an opportunity to view their surveillance coverage from any location, any time.

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