Only a few years ago, specialist consultants in CCTV were a scarce resource and often associated with manufacturers or installers. It is important to access informed, independent, unbiased security advice based on a professional threat assessment when considering the installation or renewal of CCTV systems. CCTV clients who do not do their due diligence and settle for the one-size-fits-all-low-cost option often encounter issues such as low light, harsh lighting conditions, lack of depth of field, poor image sharpness, distortion and when needed, ineffectual evidence to support an investigation.
A Western Australian survey (Edith Cowan University), found almost half the CCTV installations were not compliant with the Australian Standards. It is also acknowledged most CCTV installations throughout the world do not produce evidentiary quality footage suitable for successful prosecutions. We have found that a properly planned CCTV system may enhance post investigation outcomes. The evidence regarding CCTV as a crime deterrent is inconclusive. However, there is a compliance requirement under WHS legislation in Australia to provide a safe workplace. There is evidence that an effective CCTV system accompanied by training and education will support that objective.