Is CCTV Effective? Key Findings and Practical Recommendations Offered: A Special In-Depth Report Released to Help Communities and Security Managers on a Key Public Policy Debate

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CCTV Camera Systems are one of the most controversial public projects deployed around the world. Today, a Video Surveillance expert releases a report analyzing the last decade of CCTV Studies, identifying key results and offering a plan of action to improve public CCTV.

Today, releases a special report on the effectiveness of public CCTV. The report provides concrete recommendations on maximizing the use of CCTV systems based on an extensive review of a decade of academic CCTV studies.

The impact and effect of CCTV systems is a hotly debated political topic. With more cameras being deployed every day, the need for quality information and sound decision making is acute.'s report is a contribution to solving this problem.

The report offers and explores the following key recommendations:

  • Abandon claims that CCTV generally reduce crime
  • Optimize future public CCTV projects around crime solving rather than crime reduction
  • Optimize future public CCTV projects around material and premeditative crimes
  • Target technologies that support crime solving and material/premeditative crimes
  • Focus on minimizing cost per camera

The report shares key findings from historical CCTV findings:

  • Focus has imprudently placed on crime reduction rather than crime solving
  • While the studies show serious doubt on CCTV's ability to reduce crime generally, a strong consensus exists in CCTV's ability to reduce premeditative/property crime
  • CCTV is consistently treated as a singular, stable technology, obscuring radical technological changes that have occurred in the last 10 years
  • Differences in per camera costs are largely ignored, preventing policy makers from finding ways to reduce costs
  • Routine comparison of police vs cameras is counterproductive

The report is free and is open sourced using a Creative Commons license. Not only is their no charge for the report but readers may freely use the content in the report for their own non-commercial use. This allows security managers and policy makers to freely share, modify and include this research and analysis in their own presentations, analysis and reports.

Authored by John Honovich, the goal of this report is to help communities make better decisions in evaluating and designing public CCTV systems. For many years, John has worked closely with security managers to design and deploy video surveillance systems for the military, major retailers, banks, commercial and industrial organizations. John leverages his experience as both an integrator and manufacturer to offer highly relevant knowledge gained both from the trenches and from analyzing new technology.

"While the demand for public CCTV systems is exploding, it is very unclear if they are valuable or how to make them valuable," states John. "I hope this report helps identify key issues and educate readers so we can better secure our communities and maximize the return on our public investment."

The report analyzes such key topics as: IP cameras, megapixel cameras, NVRs, DVRs, video analytics and storage.

About provides a single source for information on Video Surveillance and CCTV news and analysis. Automatically aggregating and organizing news from across the web, ensures that readers never miss important information and can easily stay informed. With original analysis and reports released weekly, readers gain an unprecedented level of insight into key trends, products and companies. covers a number of key video surveillance companies including 3VR, ArecontVision, Avigilon, Axis Communications, Cieffe, Cisco, Dedicated Micros, DvTel, Exacq, Gentec, IQinVision, Firetide, FluidMesh, IBM, Immervision, Intellivid, Intransa, IoImage, Milestone Systems, Mobotix, ObjectVideo, Pelco, Pivot3 and Vidsys.


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