Whether you run a retail store in a town centre or a 50-hectare farm in the countryside, there are many reasons why you should install a CCTV system. Not only are they much more of a deterrent to any potential intruders than regular burglar alarms, CCTV systems provide vital evidence and can be monitored remotely to give you peace of mind and keep your operation under control.

Aside from that, there are some interesting things about CCTV that you may not know:


1.       A German engineer invented the security camera

A German named Walter Bruch developed the first security camera and he also installed the first one.

2.       The U.K has around 20% of the world’s CCTV cameras.

Apparently CCTV systems are more popular in this country than anywhere else in the world. We either take security seriously or Big Brother had a huge influence when it came out!

3.       The first CCTV was to oversee a rocket launch

During World War 2, security wasn’t top of the agenda, or at least not this kind of security. The first CCTV was build to oversee the launch of a rocket – the V2 from Peenemunde.

4.       The first commercial CCTV system was in the U.S.A

Vericon were the first to install a commercial CCTV system, but this was before images could be recorded. It simply meant that images could be watched remotely.

5.       CCTV to fight crime came about in 1968

Olean in the state of New York was the first place to install closed circuit television as a crime-fighting initiative in 1968. In September of that year, CCTV was put in place on its main shopping street.

6.      Bournemouth was the first place in the UK to use security cameras on a regular basis

Experiments had taken place in various UK towns and cities but Bournemouth was the first place to install and use outdoor CCTV on a regular basis. This happened in 1985.

7.       CCTV cameras have been on UK buses since the 1980s

As the cost of CCTV systems lowered, they started to become used more and more, one of the industries to benefit from this was the transport industry.  Greater Manchester Transport fitted closed-circuit television cameras to some of its Leyland Olympian buses as early as 1986. This saw a marked reduction in crime on board buses.

8.       Harrod’s in London has more than 500 CCTV’s in its store

9.       The average UK citizen is caught on CCTV cameras 300 times a day

Whether you are going to work by train, bus or simply walking the streets there will be surveillance cameras on most businesses, from coffee shops to bus stops.

10.   Croydon has more CCTV cameras than New York City

I’m not sure whether New York is lacking or Croydon has gone overboard, but that’s around 350,000 people versus 8 million.

Security systems installation

If you need a CCTV surveillance system installed in Leicestershire or surrounding areas, enquire within at Tranter Fire and Security Systems on 0116 366 1749 or email sales@tranterfireandsecurity.co.uk today. We also look after fire risk assessment and security access systems.