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How new monitoring devices can increase our perception of safety and wellbeing

How can we achieve a greater peace of mind with technology?

Motion sensors actually work very well to let us know if there is anyone intruding into our space that we would like to keep monitored and safe. As a matter of fact, several security systems include monitor sensors that alert us that someone has entered through the front door, shown up in our driveway, or come into a specific room. Motion sensors must be strategically placed to help illuminate what is going on in our place. Modern motion sensors can even be set up to send us a text message to let us know there has been movement detected somewhere in our place. It’s incredible what technology is making possible nowadays.

Since it’s simply not possible for us to always be in the places we want to be constantly, security systems can actually act as our eyes and ears. For example, let’s say you love your home and your loved ones are living there with you. However, you need to go to work and leave your house. Wouldn’t it be great to be connected to what’s happening in your home while you are away? With such security systems, now you can be. Some use their smartphones to literally “look in” on their apartment while they are far away from it.

Today we can even install wireless systems. In the old days, burglars could simply “cut the wires” to shut down our security system, making it absolutely ineffective. Fortunately, wireless technology cannot be easily shut down. If and when a family moves to a new house, they can actually take the wireless system with them – something that wasn’t easy in the past.

CCTV systems can increase reassurance and tranquillity

Research suggests that security cameras are a major contributor to members of the public actually feeling safe in a particular area.

According to a YouGov survey, around 50% of people do feel secure in areas where CCTV systems are operated. As well as acting as a deterrent, around 40% of respondents said they like the fact that authorities can use footage in their investigations if needed.

The results of the poll show around 70% of the public will feel even more secure when Britain’s public areas will have high-definition CCTV in place rather than regular CCTV systems. This would enable police officers to have a much better image of any offenders recorded by the cameras.

Another study found that about 60% of the United Kingdom’s CCTV systems sales recently were analogue devices. These devices produce lower resolution footage than their newer high-definition counterparts.

It does not come as a surprise that high-definition cameras are in favour with the public, since the quality of the footage they record increases the chances of prosecution significantly.

The population in the UK could be about to have its wishes granted as a recent study estimates the global market for security cameras is to grow at around 15% per year. The main contributor to this growth is the uptake of IP systems, which will outstrip the demand for analogue cameras. The digital platform that IP security systems provide actually means that it will be much more likely that private companies and councils will be upgrading to high-definition cameras that can be integrated into a purpose-built solution.

Another reason for this increased uptake of high-definition security cameras is that production is becoming more efficient and high-definition CCTV systems can be deployed at a lower cost than ever before.

In an increasingly violent world, we all know 1 thing is for sure: humans crave feeling safe and secure. It does not really matter if you live in a city in the UK, in rural America or if you’re attending a city school in a rough neighbourhood. It’s always nice to have someone or something is “there” for you, ready to help if needed, watching over you. We can safely say that security helps generate peace of mind. Hence, it does make sense to have a security system in place wherever you leave your home.

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Written by Sarah

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