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Your home is a place where you are supposed to feel safe, a place where you also keep all of your treasured possessions that often cannot be replaced. Although in an ideal world we wouldn’t need to protect our belongings, there are still criminals out there who would not hesitate to steal from your home, if given the opportunity. For this reason, CCTV systems are often used as a deterrent for criminals looking to break into homes. On top of this, CCTV systems are also crucial in any police investigation after a crime has been committed. So who exactly are CCTV systems made for?

Advancements in technology have always resulted in products that were originally only saved for a small portion of consumers suddenly being available to the majority. Looking back only 10-15 years, you may have thought that CCTV systems were only for the rich or for businesses. Nowadays, CCTV systems are actually very affordable and have therefore become very popular. Here at DCUK, we have been installing high-quality CCTV Systems for many years, nowadays you don’t have to break the bank to have a CCTV camera installed at your home or business by a leading professional.

With the reductions in manufacturing costs, there have also been many shops or online retailers who will now sell CCTV systems at very low costs, these systems will often require DIY installation. Although the internet has made it easier to teach yourself many things about technology, there are still professionals for a reason. For this reason, in this article, we will be going through the reasons why you should leave it to the experts. If you are looking to protect your home from potential criminals with a security system then call our expert team on 0208 298 1111.  

Criminals Prefer DIY Security Systems

Did you know that burglars actually prefer DIY security systems to one that was installed by a professional? This is one huge reason that you stay well clear of attempting the installation yourself. Although cameras outside a property may initially seem like a deterrent for a criminal, seeing a camera that has been set up facing the wrong way or even with an obstacle blocking it may actually seem like an incentive for a criminal to target your home. After all, if a homeowner has been that careless with the installation then they may wonder how else their victim has been careless.

Following on from this point, many homeowners may also believe that a CCTV system will deter any criminal. For this reason, many retailers sell fake cameras which have been created for this reason. The problem with this is that any burglar with any experience will be able to spot these fake systems from a mile off. The fact that a property is even armed with a fake camera will then send a signal to the burglar that there is something worth protecting at the house. This may then make the criminal even more intrigued, this is obviously the exact opposite of the home owner’s original intention. For this reason, we would suggest avoiding fake cameras at all costs. Although you may think you are saving money by buying a £10 fake camera, these cameras do not provide peace of mind when compared with a professionally installed CCTV system.

DIY Installation Can Be Illegal

Did you know that there are many laws that you need to consider when installing security cameras at your property? For example, there are laws that determine where you are able to record footage. If you were to install a camera that records footage outside of your home then this would actually be illegal. You are also not allowed to set up your camera if it is set up to face a neighbouring window for instance. This is to protect the privacy of others, can you imagine if your neighbour had a camera set up that looked into your bedroom window? This is clearly a breach of your privacy. Professional CCTV installers know this and will, therefore, make sure that they install cameras in a completely legal manner. Although you can read up online to find out where you can and can’t install your camera, it is much easier to safer to call an expert.

Out of Sight, Out of Luck

As well as acting as a huge deterrent for criminals, CCTV systems can also be incredibly effective at providing evidence during a police investigation. For this reason, it is essential that your camera is set up in the best possible location in order to have the best chance of catching the burglar. Many homeowners install a camera at their property, without the knowledge or expertise to realise that any footage recorded will not be of a high enough quality to actually lead to any form of prosecution. For instance, it is very common for a camera to be placed in a spot which does not actually have a clear line of sight to any entry points of your home.

As well as not providing a clear enough line of sight, many DIY installers do not understand the correct settings that need to be set on the camera in order to provide a useable image. On the other hand, someone who installs CCTV for a living will be able to easily set any camera up to provide the best image quality possible. For this reason, sometimes it is even worth having a slightly cheaper camera and paying the extra money to have an expert install it, rather than opting for a more expensive camera, only to install it yourself. Remember, the quality of your camera doesn’t mean anything if you don’t know how to use it.

Insecurity

CCTV systems are specifically made to give you a sense of security. With systems now also able to send a direct feed to your mobile devices, they are also extremely accessible and convenient. One great use of this is when you are on holiday, you can then check up on your property while you are on the other side of the world. However, with this comes various problems if your system is not installed correctly. These features work by utilising your wifi connection. Highly skilled criminals can hack into these connections if they are not set up correctly. This is another reason why having a professional install your home security system is the right choice.

Time is Money

Installing a CCTV system by yourself may seem like a great choice when you compare the price to that of a professional installation but this is simply not the case. Installing your camera isn’t something that can be learnt in no time and although you can learn to do so, this will take a significant amount of time reading instruction manuals as well as reading up on the legality surrounding data protection. As the saying goes, “Time is money”. So if you are spending a lot of time learning how to install your equipment then maybe it is worth saving yourself time and effort as well as any legal issues down the line, by contacting a professional.

High-Quality CCTV Systems

So if you are looking for a high-quality CCTV system and you would like to have it installed by leading professionals in the industry, DCUK has been working with security systems for both domestic and commercial properties for many years and have built up a high level of expertise. Our team will also walk you through every step of the installation, answering any questions that you may have regarding how to use your equipment. Contact us today or call us on 0208 298 1111.

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Protecting Your Home From Burglars

Whether you have recently seen an increase in criminal activity in your neighbourhood or you have always been slightly worried about potential burglaries in your area, it is always a sensible choice to take every precaution to ensure that your home is safe from any potential thieves. After all, if you can’t feel safe in your own home, then where can you?

DCUK are the experts when it comes to home security systems, including both CCTV systems and burglar alarms. Although these are incredibly effective tools for protecting your home, it is also important to use these tools in tandem with other methods to ensure that your home is not a target for a potential burglar.

Change Your Locks Immediately If You Lose Your Key

Losing your key is something that can happen to the best of us. After the initial panic, many people accept that the key is lost, opting to use a spare key or getting another key cut. In this situation, you should first think about whether any strangers have been in your house recently. Even if not, it is a great idea to change your locks to avoid any consequences. Put it this way, if someone that has been into your house now has your key, they now have full access to your property at any time they wish.

Although we don’t suggest that you should be paranoid about all of your friends and family, if anyone who knew you had your key as well as the knowledge of your schedule, without a CCTV system or burglar alarm at your property, there would be nothing from stopping them from entering your house while you were out. What’s more, you will most likely not be covered by your home insurance if your possessions were stolen with no signs of forced entry.

Keep Your Keys Out Of Sight

Following on from making sure that you change your locks if you somehow lose your key, you should also make sure that any criminals cannot gain access to your house keys. One common mistake that homeowners make is that they may hide a spare key outside of their property. Because this is so common, this is a burglar’s bread and butter. If you want to avoid making your home an easy target for thieves then you really need to avoid leaving a key outside. If you absolutely have to have a spare key outside then you need to become more creative with where you choose to hide it. For example, you could bury it somewhere outside of the house, or potentially even hollow out an item outside your house to hide a key in.  This way you can avoid letting a criminal enter your house without any trouble whatsoever. Even leaving keys inside your house can be a huge mistake if they are still visible to anyone outside so this is something to bear in mind.

Check Your Burglar Alarm

A burglar alarm is essential in the battle against potential thieves. However, you should also make sure that you have bought a high-quality alarm that you can rely on. Many low-quality alarms may go off unexpectedly, you may have even heard one of your neighbours’ alarms going off every other week. The problem with this is that generally, neighbours won’t tend to even care once an alarm has gone off for the third time in one week. If you are having problems with your burglar alarm, the best course of action is to get it replaced or repaired immediately. Once you have done this, it is worth notifying your neighbours that your alarm has been fixed, that way they will know that if your alarm goes off in the future then they should take notice.

Talk To Your Neighbours

In this day and age, a large number of people spend a vast amount of time posting on their social media. For anyone who is very excited about going holiday, they may have told all of their friends through their social media, whether this is talking about their future plans or perhaps simply taking pictures while they are abroad. To a criminal, this is a signal that your house is currently unoccupied and therefore an easy target. We would advise it would be much safer to post holiday pictures after you return to avoid this.

Other than the signals that you send out on social media, there are also tell-tale signs at your property that show that no one is home. For example, if your bins have not been used for a few weeks, this tells a thief that no one has been around for a long time. On top of this, if you plan to leave the country for a long time then having a pile-up of mail at your door or perhaps even an unkempt front garden can be a dead give away.

To solve this, you should make friends with your neighbours and let them know that you will be away. You could even ask them to use your bin while you are away, this is a win-win for both of you. You could also ask a close friend or neighbour to potentially house sit to make it clear to anyone who is watching that your property is not vacant.

Furthermore, you should always aim to have a great relationship with your neighbours. If you make a point of informing your neighbour if you see anyone suspicious around their property then there is a great chance that they will also let you know they see any potential criminals casing your home for a future burglary.

Test Your Home Security

This next tip might sound slightly peculiar but it is a great idea to try and see your house from the perspective of a burglar. By surveying your house, looking to break into your own home, it is possible to discover any weaknesses or potential flaws in your security. We aren’t saying that you should go around smashing your windows, but there may be an entry point to your house that you may have not realised was there. For example, maybe a top floor window at the back of your house is actually easier to reach than you first thought. This may make you think twice before leaving this window open when you leave the house.

Invest In a Porch Light

Criminals do not like being caught in the act. This is why CCTV systems and burglar alarms are incredibly useful for protecting your home from burglars. On top of this, we would also recommend having a porch light that is activated by a motion sensor. Any thief that may approach your house will be very cautious to break into your home if they soon become easily visible for passers-by, as well as being extremely identifiable in CCTV footage.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many extra steps that you can take to reduce the chances of your home being targeted by criminals. In order to protect your property as much as possible, these tips should be used in conjunction with a high-quality CCTV system and burglar alarm. If you do not currently have these systems installed at your home then DCUK has been the number one choice for home security systems for many years. Call us today on 0208 298 1111 to find out more

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Whether you have just purchased a CCTV system or you are currently looking to install one at your home or business, it is important to make sure that you are getting the most out of your CCTV system. The best way to do this is to hire a professional to carry out the installation, as they will have had many years carrying out CCTV installations at a large number of properties for clients with varying needs.

In this article, we will be listing some tips for getting the most out of your CCTV system, so you can ensure that your new security system is effective at protecting your home or business from criminals.

CCTV Placement

One of the most important things to consider when installing a security system is where you wish to place the CCTV cameras. For example, in a commercial property, you may wish to have CCTV installed indoors in order to protect your staff in the case of any violence, theft or otherwise inappropriate behaviour at the workplace. This CCTV placement is perhaps less necessary in a domestic property.

One of the most effective places to install your security system is so that the camera is aiming at your front door. In order to avoid any criminal damage, it is best to have this installed on the second floor. If you do not live in a multi-storey building then it may be worth installing your camera behind wiring to protect it against the advances of any vandals. It is said that around 34% of burglaries occur through the front door, so it is clear to see why this is a very important part of your home or business to monitor.

With around 22% of burglaries occurring in the back or side doors of a property, it may be worth considering installing cameras that can capture any activity going on here as well. This is along with any windows that may allow a criminal to enter your property, as around 23% of burglaries occur through a window. This is especially true for an entry point which is hidden from the public eye. Criminals will be much less likely to attempt a break in plain sight, as any passerby could alert the police as soon as they see any suspicious activity.

Other places to consider focusing your camera’s attention on include: Your garage, basement, second floor or driveway. When deciding on the placement for your CCTV system, it is important to work out your budget, so you can first install cameras in the most effective places, before moving onto less effective locations. It is also worth deciding which points in your property contain the most valuable items. For instance, if you had a music studio in your garage, it would be well worth installing CCTV here, to begin with, if you did not own any more valuable items in your property.

Finally, you also need to know the main reason that you are having your CCTV system installed in the first place. If you are using it as a deterrent then you will need to ensure that the cameras are clearly visible to any potential criminals. In other circumstances, you may wish to have a slightly less visible installation if you are worried about criminals potentially tampering with the system. If you have hired a professional to install your cameras for you then it is worth discussing with them the best option.

After selecting the locations that you wish to install your security system, it is worth viewing the live footage as you install it. Otherwise, you could end up installing a camera somewhere that may look great on paper, only to discover an obstruction that is blocking its view.

CCTV And The Law

Although you may be sick of hearing about it by now, there has been in a huge focus on the way people’s data is handled. Chances are, you will have read about GDPR or perhaps even had to do an online learning assessment at your workplace. For many, not having to deal with the relentless onslaught of emails sent from companies that you made one purchase from 10 years ago was a huge relief. Eventually, you will have inevitably given permission to another list of businesses looking to remarket to you.

For CCTV, you also have a legal obligation to not film people without them knowing. You’ve seen it before but when installing your CCTV outside of your property, you are required to have a sign, in plain sight, explaining that there is CCTV in operation in your premises. As with a lot of legal issues, it is important to fully understand the law surrounding CCTV, if you are looking to install cameras at your property. Another thing to consider is that anyone that you end up recording footage of has the right to view this. They must contact you within 40 days and you are able to charge them a fee of up to £10 for the trouble.

For a domestic property, it is also very important that none of your cameras is recording footage outside the boundaries of your premises. Although you may wish to do so, there are many issues that arise from filming outside of your property. One issue is that you may accidentally find someone’s bedroom or bathroom within the shot. This is actually more common than you may think and obviously this would be considered a huge breach of privacy. This is another reason that you should always check the live feed to your camera when you are installing a CCTV system.

You also need to ensure that you have clear motives for why you are installing CCTV at your property. For example, if you have CCTV in a commercial property in order to protect your staff from any inappropriate behaviour at work, you cannot then use this footage to monitor whether or not your employees are avoiding work.

Camera Features

When looking to get the most out of your CCTV system you also need to choose the right features to suit your needs. For instance, are you looking to record footage during the night, or is your CCTV only to be used to monitor customers during your opening hours? In any country that sees its fair share of bad weather, you may also wish to install a camera with weather protection.

Some cameras are also well equipped with a wide angle lens to survey a much larger area, for cameras aimed at a front door this may not be necessary but in other situations, this may be necessary. Again, the best way to ensure that your camera is suited to your needs is to understand the main reason you are looking to install the cameras in the first place. You will then need to discuss this with the installer or read the specifications of the camera that you wish to buy very carefully.

Conclusion

There we have it, this is a very concise list with some things to consider when looking to get the most out of your CCTV system. If you wish to find out more then there is a large amount of information across the internet. If you are still unsure, it is sometimes much better to hire a professional. DCUK Ltd has been installing CCTV for a large number of customers both domestic and commercial for many years.  After all, you can have complete peace of mind knowing that your property is safe if you have the most effective security system at your property.

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DC(UK) Ltd by Jack Mcgivern - 4M ago
7 Most Common CCTV Myths

For anyone who has never had a CCTV security system installed at their property, the only experience you may have had of CCTV is from seeing it in the movies. For this reason, many myths have developed over the years regarding CCTV. In this article, we go over a 7 of the most common CCTV myths, setting matters straight, once and for all.

CCTV Can Be Installed By Anyone

This myth may have some truth to it, but there are reasons why this is also not entirely true. Although anyone can technically install a CCTV security system, why would you want to trust just anybody to do so? People install CCTV at their property with the hopes of protecting their possessions, by allowing someone with no experience to carry out the installation, they may unwittingly set up the camera in a less than ideal location. Imagine the horror of looking through CCTV footage after a burglary, only to find that the camera had been set up too far away to identify the criminal, or even worse, with an obstruction blocking its view of any point of entry to your property.

To ensure that your surveillance camera is installed correctly, it is always better to hire an installer that has had years of experience installing and setting up CCTV systems in order to get the most out of your security system.

CCTV Is Only For The Wealthy

Subconsciously you may think that having a security system at your property is something that is saved only for the very wealthy, or for commercial properties. You would be forgiven for thinking this as many films tend to focus on elaborate security systems that are fitted at the most luxury properties imaginable.

But why would CCTV only be appropriate for the wealthy? If the main function of having surveillance installed at your property is to protect both your possessions as well as any individual at the property, then no matter how wealthy you are, the peace of mind that this ensures is priceless. Whether you are rich or not, there has got to be something that you would want to protect at your property, whether that is your family or any antiques or family heirlooms that cannot simply be bought again.

Furthermore, a CCTV system does not have to be incredibly expensive. Many companies can offer the installation of a high-quality surveillance system at very reasonable prices. If you are looking to protect your property from potential criminals then it is a great idea to talk to a CCTV installation company in your area to find out how much it would cost before dismissing it as being reserved for the wealthy.

CCTV Systems May Encourage Criminals

This myth is simply not true although it is easy to see where this rumour has stemmed from. Many people believe that, rather than deterring criminals, if you have CCTV installed at your property then this will actually be seen as a challenge for a burglar. Logically, you could understand that anyone with a security system at their house must have something they wish to protect at their property, but you would also assume that most burglars do not want to end up in prison.

As soon as a burglar notices your CCTV system, your camera will have also identified them. So why would any criminal want to increase the chances of getting caught? when a CCTV system is paired with a burglar alarm this is even more likely to deter anyone from breaking into your house. A criminal would much rather walk away and choose a property that has not chosen to install a security system.

CCTV Can Be Beaten By Clever Intruders

This next myth is very similar to the previous one. Because films often like to over dramatise any situation, when you think of CCTV, you may be thinking of some sort of spy film where a secret agent may tamper with a camera to get past its line of sight, undetected. Although technically true, the idea that this would ever happen is definitely blown out of proportion by Hollywood.

Even if this was the case, you are still creating another barrier for any criminal looking to break into your property and any deterrent is better than having none.

My Neighbourhood Is Safe

Although crime rates definitely do differ from area to area, one common myth is that some neighbourhoods are simply impervious to criminal activity. This is false. You may think that your neighbourhood watch is top notch, and no one would think to enter your property. What is surprising is that, especially during the summer months, many streets that usually do not see crime may suddenly become a target for burglars.

This is because a criminal loves it when homeowners have their guard down, in the heat of the summer you may leave your windows open and spend a lot of time in your garden. A criminal can simply enter your property through the door you have just created and leave with your valuables in no time at all. Long gone are the times when valuables tended to be larger items, a criminal could simply walk into your property and take a phone left on charge, leaving you out of pocket.

The best way to prevent opportunists is to make sure that you protect your property. Having CCTV installed at your home is a massive red flag for a burglar if they are searching for homes with their guards down, they will most likely not choose a house with a security system installed.

Security Systems Are Difficult To Use

For anyone that is not particularly tech-savvy, you may feel the need to install CCTV are your home but may feel that it may be too complicated to use. Nowadays CCTV footage is very simple to monitor, you can set up your security system to view any activity at home by logging into your computer, or through your TV. Better yet, with the constant improvement in mobile phone technology, you can now check up on your home wherever you are. This is extremely useful if you are on holiday and want reassurance that your belongings are safe, leaving you to relax while you are away.

A CCTV System Is All That I Need To Protect My Possessions

Although we can’t emphasise the benefits of having a high-quality CCTV system at your home, this will not magically make it impossible for criminals to target you. One way to improve your chances is to pair your CCTV system with a state of the art burglar alarm. Both of these home security options work very well together and are a huge deterrent for any opportunist thieves.

A burglar alarm not only causes the burglar to panic and flee the scene, but it also gives your neighbours the signal that something is wrong. If the police are called as soon as the burglary begins then there is a much greater chance that the criminal is caught. Once the thief has been caught, the footage from your surveillance camera is a great piece of evidence to make sure that the burglar serves their time for the crime they have committed.

Conclusion

And there we have it, 7 of the most common CCTV Myths that you may have heard. We hope this article has been eye-opening for anyone who has been considering installing CCTV at their home. We can’t completely avoid being the target of criminal activity, but the installation of a home surveillance system, along with a burglar alarm, is a great way to prepare for the worst. If you are looking to install a security system at your home then DCUK have years of experience, call us today to arrange a quote on 0208 298 1111

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6 Crimes Caught on CCTV – Presented by DCUK

At DCUK, we offer a wide range of CCTV services and installations for our clients in London and the surrounding areas.

For those of us that enjoy watching the occasional sci-fi film, the idea that criminals can often be apprehended, long after leaving the scene of the crime is nothing new. In the UK, although we do not utilise this cutting edge technology, there is said to be an estimated 420,000 CCTV cameras in London alone. This is second to Beijing which is said to have 470,000 cameras.

At first glance, with such a large number of cameras in operation, it may seem that we are constantly being watched. Many people may even wonder why we even need such a vast surveillance system in place.

CCTV is used as both a deterrent for those wishing to pursue any activities outside of the law. CCTV can be a huge deterrent for would-be burglars when given a choice of breaking into a house with or without a security system, one would logically assume that they would choose the latter. However, for those who still choose to take that chance, the police can also use the footage collected in order to later track these criminals and bring them to justice.

With all of these cameras running daily, there is a myriad of very strange and downright unbelievable footage. In this article, we will be listing our favourite criminal (and occasionally just odd) activity caught on CCTV.

  1. If First, You Don’t Succeed…

One calamitous burglar made headlines with their incredibly unlucky attempt at breaking into a drug store in Oklahoma. Initially, the suspect decided to break into the store through the roof. After committing the crime, the criminal then decided to finish what they started by proceeding to leave the way that they came in.

For anyone using a ladder, there is always the danger that you could fall off if the ladder is not properly supported. On the first attempt to escape the scene of the crime, the footage shows the criminal rather clumsily falling off in an overly spectacular fashion. One can only imagine that the suspect was an avid collector of motivational posters, upon greeting the floor for the first time, they then proceeded to immediately get back on the “horse” and attempt their second escape. Reuniting with the cold, unforgiving floor of the drug store they then proceeded to rinse and repeat this process a further 5 times! On the 7th attempt, the criminal finally managed to climb into the ceiling tiles and escape the scene.

  1. Ham, Pineapple, and Gravel Pizza

There has always been a debate as to whether some toppings belong on a pizza, most notably regarding pineapple. Forget politics, this is the one topic that is proven to divide a room instantly. However, there is one ingredient which is unanimously agreed to not belong on a pizza… gravel. This next act caught on CCTV may not necessarily be as extreme as some of the others on the list but it definitely demonstrates how CCTV can often help you get a much clearer picture.

One dishonest pizza delivery man arrived at their customer’s property before placing the meal onto their car. To the customer’s dismay, they managed to drop the entire contents of the pizza box onto the floor as if an external force had knocked it out of their hands. With no hesitation, he then proceeded to pick this off of the floor and very hastily deliver this to the customer. Whether the delivery driver was simply adhering to the “5-second rule” or not, you would be right in assuming that the customer was not very pleased to try this new pizza topping. Unfortunately, as there was no CCTV inside the property, we can only speculate as to whether the customer still tucked into their meal.  

  1. Learning From Your Experiences

The next crime caught on CCTV shows just how effective a security system can be at catching criminals who choose to enter your property. Even for those who do not monitor the activity at their own home, there may be opportunists instead who choose to monitor your activities. For those with a very consistent schedule, Burglars can time their break-in for the exact time that they know there will be no one in the house.

After being burgled once, one homeowner took this opportunity to install CCTV at their property to prevent this from happening in the future. Lo and behold, shortly after this the homeowner witnessed two male burglars entering her home yet again. Immediately she phoned the police and the burglars were both arrested. The victim even suspects that they may have been the same people that had previously broken into the house, coming to take whatever they had missed the first time.

  1. The London Riots

The London riots in 2011 may now seem like a distant memory that may have even escaped your memory. During this time, thousands of people across London began rioting and looting whatever they could get their hands on. The riots resulted in five deaths, many injuries, and a significant amount of damage to many stores across the capital.

CCTV was a very effective tool during this time, it is estimated that around 4000 of the 5000 arrests made were thanks to the use of CCTV footage. Although many looters were seen to be covering their faces with hoods and balaclavas, thousands of these criminals had enough of their faces exposed, for them to be identified.

  1. Thirsty Burglar

The previous actions caught on camera that has been discussed have been relatively tame compared to this next one. If there was a burglar’s handbook, it would definitely recommend not overstaying your welcome after breaking into a property. It would also probably recommend wearing nondescript clothing, while also concealing your face.

This burglar decided to really throw out the rule book on this one. CCTV footage showed one suspect going on a serial burgling spree in the nude! Not only did they leave no room for the imagination, but they also decided to relax and kick back with a beer or two after breaking into the properties. They even occasionally stopped to listen to some music and eat some food from the fridge. Unsurprisingly, this criminal was soon arrested, with CCTV footage exposing the various properties he had visited.

  1. Grand Theft Livestock

Living in a city, you might not expect cattle rustling to be such a prevalent crime. When your livelihood relies on your ability to rear cattle, this can also be a truly distressing experience for a farmer. In Florida, one farmer had become the victim of multiple instances of grand theft livestock.

One day, the victim was alerted to the fact that around a dozen of his herd had been stolen. He alerted the police to this crime to discover that there had been many similar reports in the area. By using CCTV, the police were able to find footage of a truck jumping a red light, close to the scene. They were then able to track the perpetrators all the way to a local cattle market, noting the exact same brand used at the victims’ farm. They eventually managed to detain the criminals after cashing the cheque that they had just obtained from the cattle auction. Unfortunately for the farmer, the cattle had already been sold and slaughtered by the time the thieves were arrested.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it! 6 crimes caught on CCTV. We hope that after reading this article that you now appreciate how much CCTV can truly aid the police during their investigations, as well as the various lengths that criminals will go to.

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What are the benefits of a burglar alarm in your home or business? – DC UK
With crime rates rising in sub-urban areas, it’s of vital importance that care is taken in both commerical & residential properties. It’s a sad statistic to read but we have to realise that any property can be broken into. If a criminal see’s an opportunity, they’ll take it. Even if you’re living in a supposedly “safe” area, you’re still at risk if you aren’t appropriately protected. Even if you’re in a protected area, we’re sure that you still worry if you’re away from your home especially if you’re on holiday. If you’re looking to obtain peace of mind when you’re home, a burglar alarm is a great way of doing so. Visit our post on Burglar Alarm & find out more about our service.

Here are few reasons on why you should consider a burglar alarm for your home:

Protecting your valuables:

Your everyday home will have things that are valuable in them. From phones, televisions, stereos, games consoles, clothes, money & jewellery, there are a lot of things that a burglar can easily re-sell. A common reason that people break into homes in order to steal their keys and then take their vehicle. Businesses will hold lots of stock with lots of industry equipment. These alone are worth stealing to a criminal who has the connections to make money from these items.

Lowering insurance premiums:

The better protection you have in your home or business, the less likely your items are going to be stolen. Criminals are looking for the easiest opportunity they can get, so they won’t bother with a home or office that is heavily protected. Burglar alarms are a strong deterrent for any criminal that is looking for an easy opportunity.

By installing a burglar alarm, you could end up reducing your insurance premiums. The rate at which it reduces will depend on your provider but you could see large savings as you’re better protected against crime

Why should you use DC UK Ltd?

Besides our commitment to a quality service, we’re also one of the most reputable security system providers in Kent. Our reputation in delivering the appropriate systems & services to our customers is something we take pride in. Some of the benefits you get by enquiring with us are:

· Quality After-Sale services

At DC UK, we follow through with our services and systems even after the initial installation. We work hard to make sure our burglar alarms are installed without error. In the event of a malfunction or error then we’ll be sure to arrange a visit to help you rectify the issue.  Any issue or questions about the system can also be taken care of by our staff of support services staff who are available 7 days of the week!

· Reliability & Professionalism

Whether you’re having a burglar alarm fitted or a CCTV system, DC UK makes certain that it’s fitted as quickly and as reliably as they can. We understand the effect of downtime in a business, as well as the effect of workers in any home. Our teams make sure that they’re as unobtrusive as possible wherever they’re fitting a system.

· Wide Range Of Products

At DC UK, we’ve worked with several manufacturers within the security system market. This has allowed us to understand & learn about the different types of systems so that we know what is best for each circumstance. DC UK is impartial with regards to what we offer and advise as long as the solution suits the customer. Everyone will have different requirements which is why our service is suited for anyone. We’re able to cater for our clients in a way no other provider can!

· Effective Communication With Our Clients

We understand the importance of communication with our clients throughout the entire process of installation. We remain in frequent contact with the customer to ensure they their system is running smoothly. We’re there for them with open ears and guidance as leading professionals in this field.

Everyone at DC UK is fully commited and experienced with alarm systems. We only want to offer the very best service to our clients. For burglar alarms in Kent, visit our page on Burglar Alarms Kent. Give us a call for additional information on.

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DC(UK) Ltd by Dcukadmin - 1y ago
CCTV Installation Kent by DCUK Ltd

Security for your home is always something that should be on your mind. Unfortunately many areas in UK have rising crime rates, especially in areas that aren’t always thought of as “rough” areas. Bad-doers usually head into less built up areas and try to prey on un-suspecting homes, as they are much less likely to be concerned about burglary. Burglary rates have also risen in the past few months, which should raise more concern with homeowners.  CCTV is a great tool to use as the presence of cameras is usually enough to deter would-be-criminals in there tracks. However, if they persist, you will have viable evidence to provide the authorities with in the event of a crime report and possible prosecution of the offending party.

If you are thinking of fortifying your home with a CCTV installation in Kent, then contact DCUK for an initial quote. Call 0208 298 1111 or email info@dcuk.net and protect your home today.

CCTV is an important tool to protect your home from burglary, trespassing or even worse. If you are thinking of installing a surveillance system your property, DCUK can help. With over 15 years experience of fitting secure domestic systems, you know we are a company you can trust. Visit CCTV Installation Company Kent or Call 0208 298 1111 or email info@dcuk.net and protect your property today.

Considering CCTV:

CCTV is something that many don’t consider in their homes and business considering the need for it seems far from likely. But when something extreme happens, you will be surprised at how effective CCTV evidence is when it comes to providing visual evidence in whatever scenario you need it. Placing it in likely positions is always helpful considering a shop front is always going to attract certain attention, as well as the exterior of a home since any burglars are going to have to enter the premise some how. Even mentioning CCTV brings up a huge amount of situations and scenarios that a camera system can be useful since video evidence is visual proof that something has happened.

DCUK are the leading CCTV Installation provider in Kent so you know you can trust them with your job. For something that is protecting your property, you do not want any shortcuts to be taken which is what DCUK prides themselves on. Enquire with the best and contact us on: 0208 298 1111

CCTV is used all around the world as both a security and surveillance tool. With its many uses, it’s interesting to understand how CCTV can be used in so many different situations, which provide visual monitoring.

Key Uses For CCTV:

CCTV is used everywhere in the UK by the authorities for a variety of reasons since it’s ideal for monitoring public areas like busy cityscapes, train stations, roads, high streets and many more. Whilst the government has made obvious use of CCTV, civilians also make use of closed circuit television to protect their property or at least act as a visual deterrent, which in many cases works wonders. With over10 million crimes in England and Wales the public sector has adopted what was a business-orientated technology since the benefits that can be gained from such a system.

CCTV as a visual deterrent is one of the biggest uses for the system since it can be so effective against the less confident burglar who does not want to take the chance. For anyone that does want to task themselves will have to face the multiple cameras installed in the system in a home that is utilising a CCTV system. If the presence of CCTV doesn’t deter the potential trespasser then at least you will be given enough visual evidence to provide police with valuable information

CCTV can be an invaluable tool to businesses as theft, vandalism and other criminal pursuits can be a huge damaging factor for small and large businesses alike. For both owners and managers it can give you a informative insight in the productiveness of your employee’s, as well as protecting your staff from any claims that your customers have given you in a retail environment. Video evidence is often the strongest in any allegations that feature a customer accusing an employee of mis-selling etc.

If you are trying to protect your business or home with CCTV cameras then enquire with DCUK as they are the leading CCTV Installation Provider in Kent. DCUK are stringent on their quality and practices so contact the best for the highest quality installation to protect your property from criminals. Call us on: 0208 298 1111

CCTV In Your Home:

If not to protect your belongings, it should be to protect your family in the case of a break in. Measures like secure locks are always good, especially used in conjunction with CCTV. Security cameras in you’re home is another measure you can use to further protect your property as well as your belongings. At the end of the day, you don’t know when something might happen, so it’s always good to have something watching over your property when you can’t.

Again, thinking that your friendly area is enough of a reason to forgo a surveillance system should be trumped, as many criminals will scout these areas specifically as they know what people tend to think. Whether they check the area first, or just pick your house at random, there really isn’t much stopping these criminals if you aren’t at home. This is why we see so much validity in using a CCTV system in a domestic environment, as it can provide you with not just peace of mind and a deterrent, but also a source of recording that you can use that is going to provide the police with much more evidence than footprints can ever do.

Many people think CCTV systems are made complicated, which is true to a degree but all for a good reason. If you could cut off a CCTV system with a single wire then it wouldn’t be very secure. Most CCTV systems are set up as a closed circuit system, meaning the signal is sent to a recording device or a computer/TV screen somewhere on the premise. Most domestic settings are going to have recording device like secure hard drives but some may opt for more advanced features like Wi-fi / remote access so that they can access their home system with a mobile device.  This again can give you piece of mind that your home is secure. This could also be used as a tool for pet minding for shorter durations that you are away from home.

Deterring Criminals:

As we have picked up on before, even the presence of a CCTV camera is a strong visual deterrent for anyone thinking of breaking into your home. Many don’t want to take the chance with such a well protected home, so many leave the idea of entering the premise. You would normally have at least one camera pointed to the outside of the home so there will always be a visual reminder to trespassers that this home is defended. You can also use warning signs in conjunction with the actual system, which is going to provide people with an even stronger message that the home is not to be trespassed.

CCTV is an important tool to protect your home from burglary, trespassing or even worse. If you are thinking of installing a surveillance system your property, DCUK can help. With over 15 years experience of fitting secure domestic systems, you know we are a company you can trust. Visit CCTV Installation Company Kent or Call 0208 298 1111 or email info@dcuk.net and protect your property today.

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