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Did you know you “Big Brother” may be watching you! everywhere you go? CCTV camera systems are everywhere these days -we take a look at the different ways in which CCTV is used .

CCTV or close-circuit television is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place within limited set of monitors. The system works by installing video cameras, which often tilts and pans the room, in strategic places that can give a wide view of the location. These video cameras transmit and record these images to a remote monitor or set of monitors usually observed by security personnel. The most common uses for CCTVs are for surveillance and security. Nowadays, CCTV systems are available for a private individual to install for the security of their homes and properties.

Here are the five most popular uses of  CCTV camera systems.

Surveillance of public areas. Public places such as banks, airports, subways, stores and malls, and even in the streets usually have CCTVs observing them. Having a CCTV system can provide a sense of peace and safety to the everyday citizen. The knowledge that criminals and terrorists are less likely to commit violent acts when there are cameras around brings comfort to people.

Surveillance against crimes. Many case studies had proven that the presence of CCTV, whether visible or hidden, reduces crimes against people, as well as incidents of violence. The fact that the suspect’s details can be recorded in the cameras and can be used to catch him later on can greatly deter someone from committing an offense. Other than monitoring criminal acts, the surveillance systems are also being used to combat anti-social behaviours which include minor offenses such as littering, urinating in public, drunkenness, traffic violations and other public order offenses.

Security for commercial premises. Many businesses today have CCTVs installed in their establishments, not only to prevent theft and vandalism and to have a 24-hour surveillance capacity, but can also provide video footage to the police in case something did occur. Some businesses have also found other uses for the CCTV besides security purposes, in which they allow their customers to view their services through the use of the internet. That way, customers can see their items, and it provides a great personal touch, as well as helps catch any errors before the customer even receives their package.

Home security. These formerly expensive and hard to configure systems are now affordable with more versatility and usefulness than just a few years ago It has become increasingly affordable for private individuals, as they can now install CCTV on their homes and property to provide security to their family and homes. This is especially useful when leaving the house unattended.

Traffic maintenance. With cameras watching the roads, it has become easier for many traffic and transport groups to observe the roads. Accidents, obstructions and any other road problems, can be easily spotted and fixed right away .This would prevent any other traffic problems that could arise if such incidents are not immediately noted.

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