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Doktor Jons Guide to The Use and Application of CCTV & IP Video - a unique resource providing information and advice on  the modern use of CCTV video surveillance
Doktor Jons Guide to The Use and Application of CCTV & IP Video - a unique resource providing information and advice on  the modern use of CCTV video surveillance

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Doktor Jon looks at domestic CCTV in just a little bit more detail.


Basic door entry applications can easily be covered using simple low cost domestic grade cameras, but for the highest quality, or remotely positioned units, it is generally far better to use a decent quality industrial unit, with the ability to change lenses and optimise the 'set up'.

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There are an enormous number of different models offering a myriad of specifications, but hopefully the Camera Section will provide you with a bit more detailed information and advice.

With certain types of property, particularly those in very low crime, or remote locations, putting visible CCTV cameras on the outside of the building, can be a less than sensible option. Whereas a burglar may not previously have given the house a second glance, the installation of overt CCTV may be giving out the message that there is something valuable and 'nickable' at this location; so think very carefully before taking the next step.

Monitoring driveways, car ports and swimming pools can all provide valuable benefits to the homeowner, and all for what is these days a relatively modest outlay.

As has previously been mentioned, conventional CCTV equipment can be used most effectively, or if preferred, PC based surveillance and recording could be considered, although the cost of computer based monitoring is generally higher than normal CCTV, to achieve an equivalent level of quality.

The obvious major benefit though is the ability to remotely monitor your home over the Internet, literally from anywhere in the world. Recent technological advances include the ability for CCTV systems to automatically forward images to a mobile phone or stream camera feeds and recordings over the internet, if an intruder is spotted in a key location.

It's perhaps also worth repeating that one of the major benefits of using Closed Circuit Televison at home, is to gather vital evidence in situations involving those 'Neighbours from Hell' (NfH).

Generally speaking, overt CCTV is often not a solution as the problems will usually switch to areas not covered by the cameras. Far better to consider using Covert Surveillance (Co-veillance) techniques, which incidentally are entirely legal under UK law (provided the cameras are not being used for voyeuristic purposes). Just to quickly mention that the use of covert CCTV is not universally legal in many other countries or US states (for example).

Increasingly, families are making use of basic CCTV cameras as an affordable safety tool, to keep an eye on babies and children.

Perhaps on a more thought provoking note, hidden cameras are now also being routinely employed to keep an eye on nannies and cleaners. With an increasingly sophisticated range of hidden cameras being sold on the open market, some homeowners are looking to covert cameras to keep an eye on staff and carers working in their homes.

If it carries on like this, we'll probably be monitoring the CCTV installers next!

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Doktor Jon's Guide to the Use and Application of CCTV & IP Video