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High value properties and larger private estates
Apart from all the various points discussed on previous pages, high value town houses and country estate properties tend to be at risk from a number of other factors, which deserve to be considered.
As well as using CCTV to cover the area immediately around the property, there is also the vitally important function of securing the perimeter to intruders. In practice this, normally requires a sturdy wall, fence or hedge, with dedicated CCTV cameras being used at the main access points, to control vehicle and pedestrian movements.
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Generally speaking, individuals driving expensive cars and wearing high value jewellery, will often be at greater risk of ambush or assault on their own property, when returning from local shopping trips.
Although not an everyday occurence, these targetted crimes can usually be addressed by the careful implementation of high quality industrial CCTV equipment.
The ever present threat of kidnap or stalking, particularly for VIP's and celebrities, not to mention the heightened risk of terrorist attack on diplomatic residences, all require a very detailed and effective application of CCTV, which is really an expert task, not readilly achievable by an average person, with or without the benefit of information available on this site!!
Larger private estates often present a complex range of problems, particularly if the general public have access to a 'Right of Way' across the land. Apart from the difficulties of preventing unwanted incursions, there is an increased likelihood of theft of property, particularly agricultural machinery, quad bikes, statues and sculptures, livestock and pedigree animals, in fact absolutely anything that isn't bolted down, including the guard dogs!!
One obvious consideration with larger estates, is that by their nature, they are often remote and subject to excessive response times for a Police attendance. There are no neighbours keeping an eye on the property, so in many respects they can be highly vulnerable. For this reason alone, it is generally good practice to keep some if not all of the working cameras covert, and only supplement them with deterrent overt units at key locations.
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