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High definition CCTV reaps results

Sophisticated systems increasingly accessible

High definition pictures captured by CCTV enabled the rapid identification and prosecution of a jewellery thief last month.

High definition pictures captured by CCTV enabled the rapid identification and prosecution of a jewellery thief last month.

High definition images captured by security cameras last month enabled law enforcement officers to quickly identify and prosecute jewellery thieves and muggers.

Stunningly clear pictures relayed over web-based platforms are a far cry from the grainy images of old. The newest offerings also allow greater integration between security and IT systems in place at any location.

“CCTV is experiencing a revolution that is similar to that of digital photography, although the technology is slightly different,” Alberta’s Adrian Cutajar explained. “CCTV technology is now so sophisticated it can allow security officers to zoom in on a person’s face in locations like football stadiums in high resolution.”

Mr Cutajar says the systems are becoming increasing accessible with less prohibitive price tags. High definition systems involving sophisticated software have been installed at properties like schools, government buildings, factors and hotels. They have also proved effective in high end retail applications and private residences.

Systems which offer picture quality of up to 25 megapixels are available in many configurations in inconspicuous housing and are capable of compressing images for storage purposes. They can be configured to alert security officials or home and business owners of irregular movement or intrusion by e-mail or text message to phones and tablets.

“This is an evolving field,” Mr Cutajar added. “The return on investment is significant and is realised in a short period of time. These high definition systems help to reduce pilferage soon after installation, and act as a deterrant to great effect.”

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