The thing that people tend to forget about a security camera is that they aren’t just for taping crime, but also about preventing it. You see, people have the wrong ideas about security cameras. They think that they merely tape crime and misbehavior. While that is true and they are great for making sure you get a positive identification if something were to go wrong at your home or business, when it comes down to it it is much more likely that the cameras will actually be used as a deterrent much more often then they will be used to catch any sort of crime. The reason for this is simple human nature: the more you feel like you are being watched, the more you are going to be on your best behavior.
For proof of this, all you have to do is think of your own behavior. Now, I will assume that you aren’t walking into a shop to steal anything, that’s not the point, I’m talking about pure human nature. The thing is, even if you are just walking into a shop to buy a soda or a DVD your behavior will change, even slightly, if you notice that you are being watched by a security camera. Even if you weren’t planning on doing anything wrong (which you weren’t, I’m sure), you are going to behave slightly differently if you know you are being watched. Its the same idea as to when you were a kid and a teacher walked by your desk during a test: even if you weren’t cheating you felt different now that you were being watched.
Now imagine how you would feel if you were planning on doing something wrong like stealing products, property or money? When someone goes to rob or a home or business, they want to get in, get what they wanted and get out without being identified, or, better yet, seen. The average person who witnesses a crime is going to be so shaken that their memory won’t be good enough to actually identify someone. A security camera, on the other hand, will record everything. Chances are if a potential criminal sees a security camera he (or she) will just move on to the next target. Unless they are really desperate, they will turn their focus to someplace where they won’t run the risk of being identified.
If you are interested in a security camera for your home or business, the good news is that you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on them. You can find them either in home improvement or big buy stores, or online at a variety of shops. Shop around to compare not only prices but also technology and performance.
Kimberly Green hopes to enlighten people that a security camera is as much about deterrence as identification.