CCTV as a crime prevention tool
CCTV surveillance systems play an important role in combating and preventing crime in a location. CCTV benefits placed in a number of places are able to identify the suspect and provide information on why a crime can occur. In addition to combating terrorism, CCTV security systems installed in public places or private homes can prevent crime, provide guidance to the police and, help residents feel more secure. Most CCTV systems are now using digital technology to improve performance, maneuverability, and feedback faster than analog camera systems.
Benefits of CCTV on various Fields
What types of crimes can be prevented by CCTV systems?
Evidence suggests that CCTV systems are largely capable of blocking crime theft and robbery on a property, but not violent crimes such as rape and assault. CCTV systems may not be able to capture events that occur away from the camera. Fortunately in most situations, criminals generally avoid areas monitored by the CCTV system for fear of recording images can identify themselves and be used as evidence in court. In order for the CCTV system to be effective, the system should be used in conjunction with the knowledge and skills of humans who use it.
The Benefits of CCTV for Traffic Control
CCTV cameras mounted on red lights and busy intersections will provide information for traffic officers. It can also be combined with sensors that can capture vehicles that violate the maximum speed limit while recording proof images along with the date and time of the incident. According to a study in 2004, showed a decrease in the number of vehicle accidents in almost all red light intersections. Also the accidents caused by drivers who broke through the red lights decreased after the installation of CCTV cameras.
The benefits of CCTV in the field of Traffic
Provides up-to-date traffic conditions for road users
Helping the traffic police officers in unraveling the congestion
catch the actors of kebut-kebutan,
make the road safer because the driver will be more careful when supervised,
help rescue workers move quickly in the event of an accident, and
enabling law enforcement officials to focus on other tasks.
In addition to the benefits, the use of CCTV for traffic control is also not approved by some parties. Opponents of the policy of the camera for traffic controls argue that the camera is used as a device to make money, giving too much control to the camera company, and can cause a collision from the back because the driver can stop abruptly when he saw a camera in a red light. In order for accurate traffic violation evidence, the driver’s photo along with his plate should be clearly caught. If the photo does not match the vehicle owner, the driver does not have to be responsible for paying the ticket. The debate over the use of CCTV cameras at red light intersections is still continuing.
Employee Performance Monitoring in the Workplace
The benefits of CCTV in the workplace are to monitor employee behavior, increase productivity, and prevent theft. But in addition to the reasons for the installation of hidden surveillance cameras for good reason, the presence of cameras can also interfere with employee privacy. 4 types of privacy violations that can occur in stores, factories and offices can be.
Worker privacy when using the bathroom and changing room
Publication of employee personal issues
Disclosure of medical records
Use of employee video and images for commercial purposes
In addition, video surveillance must be limited to visual images only and should not include audio to comply with federal and state laws. Employers must be proactive and aware of these four violations of privacy so that the rights of individual employees remain respected and protected.
How to achieve a balance of monitoring that does not interfere with employee privacy
First, employers need to explain to employees that their privacy rights are guaranteed. Employees should then be notified in writing of supervision and they must also sign a statement verifying that they know that they are being monitored. Management must determine what type of surveillance is performed and the camera should not be installed in the bathroom, toilet, changing room, smoking area, and employee lounge. This is a special place for the comfort, health of employees or to keep their possessions. However, employers should also be sensitive to oversight elsewhere where employees may need a break.