Cctv Security Cameras - the New Standard of Surveillance

By: Alexander Sutton

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security cameras has become the new standard of security and surveillance. CCTV security cameras were first used in 1942 to observe V2 rockets launching. CCTV security cameras have also been used to monitor unsafe industrial processes, such as manufacturing nuclear fuel.

In the 1970s, the United Kingdom began using CCTV security cameras due to bombings by the IRA. Today, many public areas in the UK are under surveillance. The British government claims that its CCTV security camera network has resulted in a significant reduction in crime, but this claim is unproven.

Some criminals have found ways to evade CCTV security cameras. Painting the lens, flashing laser pointers or jamming the wireless signal is common. Some criminals simply shoot out the cameras, although this can be countered by placing the CCTV security cameras in bullet-resistant housing.

Opponents of CCTV security cameras have argued that it results in the loss of privacy and civil liberties. With the prevalence of CCTV security cameras in the United Kingdom, as well as Chicago and New York, it has been criticized as a method of controlling the general populace and not as a deterrent to crime. Questions have also been raised about who may obtain access to CCTV security cameras' recordings, and concerns about an overall lack of anonymity have been raised.

CCTV security cameras are beginning to transition to digital. With high shutter speeds, memory capacity and pixel resolution, photos can be taken either when alerted by a motion detector or on a continuous basis. Boasting an easy setup and storage of images on the computer, it is proving quite popular.

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