Should you require more from your home camera-system than simply recorded images or indeed images that you can view remotely then a system that offers a guaranteed police response could be the answer. Rather than relying on neighbours or perhaps yourself to respond to an incident you could have the piece-of-mind of knowing that the police are on their way.
Until recently a police response could be gained from a surveillance system by adding the additional equipment that would transmit the images to a manned monitoring centre. However the police will now only respond to systems that are installed, maintained and monitored to BS8418:2010.
BS8418 provides strict standards to be adhered to in order to achieve police requirements. Previous systems that offer remote monitoring but are non-compliant are now referred to as ‘Legacy’ systems and can no longer result in police action.
The systems comprise cameras providing surveillance externally (and internally if required) in conjunction with motion detectors. Detectors are positioned to give a coverage pattern that mirrors the area viewed by a camera. When a detector activates images are immediately transmitted to a monitoring centre. On receipt of the images the operator has a staged sequence of actions he can take. Firstly it is normal to issue a remote challenge. Speakers are placed around the premises over which the operator can warn off any potential intruder. Should the intruder not heed the warning then he can instigate a police response to your home.
The camera system has much of the functionality of a burglar alarm and must be turned on and off in a similar fashion (often via the press of a radio key-fob).
There is obviously some additional installation expense compared to an unmonitored system (i.e. detectors and control equipment) plus an additional ongoing monitoring-fee.