The UK is renowned as the most watched nation in the world, with the British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) estimating that there are up to 5.9 million CCTV cameras in the country, equivalent to one camera for every 11 people.
The study carried out in 2013 was said to represent the most comprehensive and up to date study undertaken into the number of CCTV cameras in use in the UK. The projection was much higher than previous estimates which had ranged from 1.5 million to 4 million.
Simon Adcock of the BSIA said: “Because there is no single reliable source of data no number can ever be held as truly accurate however the middle of our range suggests that there are around five million cameras.”
He added: “Effective CCTV schemes are an invaluable source of crime detection and evidence for the police. For example, in 2009 95 per cent of Scotland Yard murder cases used CCTV footage as evidence.”
The survey included all cameras in public and private areas, regardless of whether the images are recorded or watched live.
It estimated there are between 291,000 and 373,000 cameras in public sector schools, plus a further 30,000 to 50,000 in independent schools.
Surgeries and health centres have an estimated 80,000 to 159,000, while there are believed to be between 53,000 and 159,000 cameras in restaurants.
CCTV can be utilised to enhance your level of home security, and at Eydens we have start of the art CCTV systems for integration, not only in a domestic setting but in commercial properties too. Most of our systems are customisable and can be shaped towards your needs.
For more information visit our CCTV page or call us on 024 7633 2524.