Is CCTV security cameras an effective tool used to prevent crime in retail establishments?

Mohammed, Abdullah (2010) Is CCTV security cameras an effective tool used to prevent crime in retail establishments? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Since the start of CCTV security cameras in the 1940, it had evolved rapidly over the years, in both the technology aspect and the use of the technology. It seems like today that everywhere we go there is guaranteed to be CCTV security camera, watching us, or something. The CCTV security camera industry is a multi-million pound business, but where is it all heading and what is its purpose? CCTV security cameras was originally developed to be used a tool for monitoring the surrounding and over the years, it has been put up in every city in the UK, monitoring people and the environment. Soon CCTV security camera technology seems to flock towards the retail industry, to prevent and deter crime within the retail business. Since the recession hit UK in the year ending 2007, crime in retail has disturbingly increased rapidly. There are many facts and figures in the UK which are being enforced to the UK public people, in particular to the retail customers, that CCTV security cameras are still carrying out the function which they are designed for. But are the UK public and retail customers aware of what this function is? In the broad context, CCTV security cameras are summed up to be tool for “evidence”, which majority of the retail managements would say. But crime outside retail, such as murders and assaults, the government and CCTV security camera users cannot depend on evidence, as it is not guaranteed to be the best proof. Where will CCTV security cameras advance in the technology? Face detection and recognition is a current implement which possibly help turn around the rates of retail crime. This report will investigate into if CCTV security camera technology is a tool which can help reduce crime rate in retail establishment.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Portsmouth Business School > Operations and Systems Management
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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