12 Incredible Facts about CCTV Surveillance in the UK
By Data Installations & Supplies ltd
CCTV surveillance cameras are increasingly a part of everyday life. We are often told that CCTV is a must to maintain security, especially for businesses. But what exactly are the facts behind these statements? We’ve compiled a list of 12 incredible facts about surveillance in the UK below.
An extensive network of approximately 1.85 M CCTV cameras watch over the UK, mostly run by private companies.
According to Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard, this equates to around 1 camera for every 32 UK citizens.
An estimated 500,000 of these CCTV surveillance cameras operate in and around London.
The London Underground Network has close to 15,600 CCTV operating cameras alone.
Leedswatch CCTV operators currently monitor over 1,000 public surveillance cameras in areas across Leeds.
Cameras catch the average Brit almost 70 times a day (not 300 a day, as media previously reported).
The total costs of crime in England and Wales (2015-16) are estimated to be approximately £50 BN for crimes against individuals and £9 BN for crimes against businesses.
The UK spends an estimated £2.2 BN per year on CCTV and other surveillance camera technology.
In 2009, 95% of Scotland Yard murder cases used CCTV footage as evidence.
CCTV surveillance is useful in about 65% of crimes where CCTV footage was available.
The public support CCTV – 62% of citizens claim they want to see more surveillance cameras in their local area.
Up to 80% of CCTV footage seized by police is of such poor quality that it is almost worthless for detecting crime.
If your CCTV system is outdated or of poor quality, your investments will do very little to protect your assets. Burglars and thieves know this too, and are increasingly brazen when visible cameras are present. If you are in need of a new system to protect your premises, get in touch with us here.