Does Video Surveillance Really Deter Crime?

Is Video Surveillance a Good Burglar Deterrent?

We’re all concerned about security for ourselves, loved ones, and our property.

Taking steps to upgrade our security wherever we can, gives us peace of mind.

Life happens, vandalism and burglary happen.

But we don’t need to invite them in.

Installing video security surveillance is a way to deter crime, or is it?

Well, the answer is yes and no.

While it can be a burglar deterrent, if they really want to get in, they will.

However, just knowing the camera is there can help keep the property safer.

If the would-be thief doesn’t think it’s worth the risk, they may well just leave it alone.

Let’s take a closer surveillance.

Is Video Surveillance a Burglar Deterrent?


While it is hard to know if it is a significant help, it can be.

This will depend on a few things, let’s take a look.

The Location

Statistics show that video surveillance cameras do scare off thieves from certain areas.

Not always, but it can be effective, even if it doesn’t scare them, it will grant you the ability to better handle the situation later on.

Parking Garages

Well-lit parking garages are served well with video security.

The camera can catch thieves’ faces, license plate numbers, and monitor their coming and going.

Parking lots tend to also have attendants in them, which means that there is security watching the surveillance cameras, as well.

Busy Areas

In a business area where there are always a lot of people, cameras can be a huge burglar deterrent.

The thief might think twice about showing up on several cameras if they are in a mall for example with multiple cameras in multiple stores.

A neighborhood that has cameras on all or a lot of the houses can also be effective, in particular, with signs that remind thieves there is a neighborhood program in effect.

Technology Helps

Video surveillance has come a long way in recent years.

That alone may be the biggest burglar deterrent yet. The cameras can do so more than just record the area; they can interact.

Surveillance systems now have microphones and speakers. The systems can now be used as an intercom.

They can also be used to pick up sounds and conversations happening on the premises.

There is even night vision, which is great for places that are in more secluded areas without the benefit of street lights or traffic.

Wireless and wifi capability means the thief can’t disable the system and you can remotely communicate with your system.

The cameras also have movement, which you can operate away from home. This allows you to move around and zoom in or out,  and simple cover a lot more ground.

Thieves Don’t Care


If someone is determined to break in, they are going to try.

The thief doesn’t usually think about the consequences of their actions, only the potential gain at play.

Unless they are positive they will be caught and are honestly frightened by being caught; they simply do what they want.

Still Worth Using

Video surveillance is a burglar deterrent, as it is the best way to identify a thief.

Waterproof, weatherproof, two-way talk, floodlights, there are so many features that make surveillance cameras appealing and oh so futuristic.

Even if you have no way of knowing what may be a deterrent to the would-be thief, investing in surveillance cameras is still worth looking into for peace of mind.

Contact us for more information, let’s envision better security together.

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