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More general information on using CCTV in the Home - continued
Now the information detailed on the previous pages may all sound very obvious, but it is vitally important to identify the risks, and plan accordingly. If Doktor Jon had a pound for every time a client said "we're not worried about that..." he'd have lots and lots and lots of pounds by now.
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Try and make a list of all the things that concern you, both in terms of possible offences against you and your family, and against your property and possesions.
Take time to have a look around, both inside and outside your home.
Perhaps seek professional advice from the Crime Prevention Officer based at your local Police Station.
Consider the standard scenario; if you were locked out of your home, how would you get back in .... after all, that's probably what a burglar would do!
Have a think about this; in many parts of the U.K., most isolated rural properties never used to suffer from any measurable level of crime, but since the country has in recent years widely adopted Town Centre CCTV schemes, the resulting displacement of crime to the edges of towns and also isolated rural communities, has now been described by some as a modern epidemic.
If you have gone to the trouble of identifying the key risks to both your property and person, you will in effect have produced what is known in the trade as a "Risk Assessment Survey", or "RAS".
Use this as a basis for planning, and in addition, it is well worth talking to your neighbours, (providing of course, you get on with them!), reading the local press and just generally 'keeping an ear to the ground', to see what if any problems have been occuring 'on your manor'. If you are a member of a Neighbourhood Watch group, that can also be very useful.
With all this information, you can then set about improving all your security arrangements, and then finally, thinking about how and where to use Closed Circuit Television equipment, to achieve the best effect.