As a result of the steady rise in the cost of vehicles and auto parts, criminals have targeted work vans and luxury vehicles, with the intent of dismantling and reselling them at a reduced price. This has had a negative impact on auto theft rates, making business vehicles a highly desirable target for theft.
With less than half of all stolen cars in London being recovered and a majority of cases being closed without suspect identification, fleet operators and small business owners in the area run a high risk of losing significant income as a result of theft.
If the recent spike in vehicle theft in North London has you worried about the safety of your company vehicles, Armour can help.
When it comes to protecting your vehicle, there are a few different security measures that you can take. One of the most effective methods is to install a CCTV system. CCTV (also known as closed-circuit television or camera systems), is a system of cameras that can capture footage of any activity that takes place within their field of view. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the ways that you can use CCTV to protect your vehicle.
- As a deterrent
One of the primary benefits of installing CCTV cameras is that they can act as a deterrent to potential thieves or vandals. When criminals see that your vehicle is under surveillance, they may be less likely to attempt to steal or damage it. In fact, simply having a CCTV camera in plain sight can be enough to discourage criminal activity. Once perpetrators spot a CCTV camera on your premises, they will likely go for a less risky option, saving you valuable time and money.
- As evidence of crime
In the event that your vehicle is stolen or damaged, CCTV footage can be invaluable as evidence. The footage can be used to identify the perpetrator and provide evidence for any legal proceedings that may follow. The video images produced by modern, high-quality CCTV cameras can provide law enforcement with crucial details about your case.
- As a remote monitoring tool
Many modern CCTV systems allow you to monitor your vehicle remotely, using your smartphone or other internet-enabled devices. This means that you can keep an eye on your vehicle even when you’re not there. If you see any suspicious activity, you can take action immediately, such as contacting the police or sounding an alarm.
- To expedite insurance claims
Installing a CCTV system can also help to reduce your insurance premiums. By providing evidence that your vehicle is under surveillance, you may be able to negotiate a lower insurance rate. Additionally, if your vehicle is stolen or damaged, the footage from your CCTV system can help to expedite the claims process and ensure that you receive fair compensation.
If you’re considering CCTV or camera system protection for your work vehicle, here’s what we would recommend you consider:
- Assess Your CCTV Requirements
Start by assessing your CCTV requirements, based on the size and location of the parking area, the level of security you need, and the number of cameras you need. Consider cameras with night vision, motion detection, and a high resolution to capture details.
- Choose a CCTV System
Choose a CCTV system that suits your requirements and fits your budget. Consult with experts like the team at Armour and opt for a reliable system that is easy to use.
- Install CCTV Cameras at Strategic Locations
Install your CCTV cameras at strategic locations, such as entrances, parking bays or driveways, and in areas where the vehicle is not easily visible or is confined. Make sure the cameras are mounted high enough to avoid tampering and vandalism.
- Connect Your CCTV with Wi-Fi
Connect your CCTV with Wi-Fi so you can remotely monitor your car or van from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. This way you can keep an eye on your vehicle at all times, from anywhere.
- Check Your CCTV System Regularly
Check your CCTV system regularly to ensure it is working properly. Check the camera angles, and the recording quality, and ensure the system has not been tampered with. Store all the recordings in a backup system or cloud storage.
For more information about how our range of CCTV surveillance systems helps secure your business assets and premises in North London, please call our trusted and experienced team on 020 8364 1717.
Armour Security has over 30 years of experience in the security sector providing advice and security systems to businesses in North London and the surrounding areas. To arrange a free site survey or to get a CCTV installation quote, complete our contact form today.