How Security Systems Have Changed Over the Last Decade

A few years ago, security systems were all about deterrence. Alarm systems would scare off intruders, opting instead to find another property that was easier to break into.

The last decade has brought many changes… so many in fact that we’ve done a 360-degree turn in the way we combat security.


A Brief History of CCTV

The first home security system was developed in 1966. The advent of VCR enabled us to record images. In the 2000s, we went digital.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the last decade involved the fall of analogue cameras. In 2014, IP cameras became the preferred way to install and use CCTV.

Video content analytics has also established itself in the past decade or so. This can be used in various ways. However, you may be familiar with the idea of motion detection.


From Deterrence to Recording… and Back to Deterrence

It’s easy to get caught up in bigger, better, more dynamic technology. Yet how good is it?

Technology made it possible to capture sharper, clearer images. Security system manufacturers have spent years (not to mention all their resources) developing high definition CCTV.

Yet how useful is it to capture high definition images of guys in ski masks or stolen number plates? That’s not going to help combat crime. Even in cases where footage helps find the intruder, a slap on the wrist is most likely.

Low-level crimes are likely to appear in a magistrate’s court. Taxpayers end up footing the bill for their state-appointed attorney.

Six or even 12 months later, following delays and adjournments, the suspect is fined or let go on a good behaviour bond.

And your kids bike… well you don’t get that back.


Full Circle Back to Deterrent

Motion detection technology then became popular. It allowed the camera to record only when something changed.

If someone or something wanders into frame, recording is automatically triggered and you were sent an alert. Trouble is early attempts were not accurate. Many alerts were false alarms.

Fortunately, new-age artificial intelligence cameras can tell the difference between, say, a cat, wind in the trees and a human.


Human Detection Cameras: The Next Step

Human detection cameras only begin to record when a human strays beyond a designated boundary or onto your property within a certain time frame. That means other objects – such as trees blowing in the wind, cats, dogs, or shadows – are ignored.

You pre-set the boundary, the technology does the rest. This change gets rid of all the false alarms that were an undesired feature of motion detection cameras.

The algorithm in these cameras can detect humans further than the eye can see, too. As such, it gives an early warning system of someone who may potentially be trying to access your property or grounds.

When you add the potential for alerts to be sent to your smartphone or tablet, you can see the big changes in the last decade are accuracy and accessibility. When you receive an accurate alert, you can view the intruder from your smart device. At the push of a button, you can turn on the lights and set off the alarm. Quite a way to scare off even the most determined intruder.


The 360-Degree Turn

We started with CCTV as a deterrent, then moved to capturing better images. Now, we’ve gone back to CCTV working best as a deterrent… albeit with new and improved features.

Protecting your home or business is easier now than ever before. The best alarms and CCTV systems deter even the most experienced criminals from choosing your property as their next target.

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