02 April 2012
Most Britons (86%) think people are more likely to accept CCTV following the successful identification and prosecution of rioters using surveillance images, a new survey has revealed.The survey – commissioned by network solutions provider D-Link – also shows that, in the light of images used after last summer's riots, more than two-thirds (68%) believe video evidence will be a bigger deterrent to criminals in the future.
However, the research also revealed that 60% of respondents were worried about the safety of their property and possessions while on holiday or away on business.
In a twist to the accepted meaning of ‘neighbourhood watch’, almost two-thirds wanted to keep an eye on their own neighbours. Responding to the question: 'When not monitoring your property and possessions, who or what would you like to keep an eye on while you are away?' 63% said the neighbours, 14% said pets, 11% said the postman and 8% said the landlord, while 23% said they did not want to keep an eye on any of them.
The survey also revealed that more than three-quarters (80%) of people thought the cost of burglar alarms and ‘state-of-the-art’ CCTV was too expensive, but 68% said that if they were able to set up home monitoring cameras more easily they would use them for home security.
Privacy a 'major concern'“Traditionally, privacy has been a major concern when it comes to the use of CCTV,” said Adrian Edwards, consumer solutions manager at D-Link UK & Ireland.
“However, it now looks like the British public are becoming more accepting of it and see it as an effective deterrent."
Edwards continued: “Clearly, the general public are more worried about their property and possessions these days, which is highlighted by 87% of survey respondents wanting more police on the streets. Consequently, many people are looking at ways in which they can better protect their property and possessions themselves. From the research it appears that some people would like to take ‘neighbourhood watch’ quite literally!”
The survey of 2,112 people in Britain was conducted by research company TNS Omnibus.
This information supplied to CMac CCTV Ltd by 'info 4 security'