Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Most people are used to CCTV even though many people do not really understand what it is. CCTV stands for closed circuit television. This means that the signal from the camera is closed - it can be viewed only on specific monitors and is not aired to the general public. Because CCTV is being used in more and more venues as the technology improves every day, we developed this website to assist those who may be considering surveillance as a form of protection with their search for information.

The use of CCTV is common in many public places such as stores, banks, malls, colleges, stadiums, and, recently, even on highways. If you're stopped at a red light, especially at an intersection, look up. You may see a small camera pointing down at your car. CCTV is a form of surveillance that is often geared to detecting crime with the intent of providing speedy assistance and having a concrete way to apprehend perpetrators.

The Safety Factor

Stores seeking to minimize shoplifting losses and some employer with highly portable inventories often use CCTV to prevent theft. The fact that cameras are in use is clearly posted to act as a deterrent, and it can be very effective. Potential thieves often think twice about a robbery when they can see a camera pointed at them.

However there are other times when the issue is the safety of people rather than goods. Within the last decade or so, CCTV has come to be a tool used by colleges, prisons, and some schools to protect students and employees alike. It is also used in hospitals to monitor critical patients and in other areas where persons may be subjected to danger.

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