In a controversial press release, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has urged families and business owners to begin installing CCTV at eye level inside their properties. The reasoning for this somewhat extreme yet methodical move is to assist the police in identifying intruders.
The eye level positioning of your camera will allow the police to use facial recognition software by matching up your shots to images of criminals take during arrests. The chief noted that many people position their CCTV far too high and this is the biggest shortcoming in camera security. Facial recognition software is also said to have greatly improved in the last year.
There have been a lot of conflicted feelings about this with more liberal voices claiming that such measures are essentially turning the public into an extension of the police. Prestige Security Solutions believe that CCTV is an effective and smart means of domestic security that offers an ideal deterrent outside your property. It shows you are conscious about security and at the right height can be very efficient at providing a clear shot of your intruder.
Understandably, not everyone will want to arm their homes to the teeth with surveillance technology. We are already surrounded by cameras in our computers, phones, tablets and game consoles but will one more hurt? Still, it’s a subjective issue and one we’re keen to hear your opinions on.