Letting and estate agents take to CCTV
Letting and estate agents are a growing market for the installation of CCTV, according to Darren Roe, operations manager at Ecl-ips.
He said the company had installed five systems within the lettings and estates sector in only a few months.
“People often think of pubs, clubs and banks as the only place you will find CCTV on the high street,” he said. “But we have seen a substantial increase in requests from letting agencies, estate agents and smaller retails outlets over the last few months.”
Weston-super-Mare’s Spaces and Places is one such client who recently installed CCTV following a burglary.
“We had never really considered CCTV before but we had a burglary recently where a thief got away with a substantial sum of money after bypassing our alarm system, and it made us revaluate our security,” said proprietor David Kernaghan.
“We needed CCTV not just for night time security but to protect our staff during the daytime, especially when we have abusive or aggressive people coming into our premises or if a dispute arises.”
Kernaghan needed a CCTV solution that would be very discrete, with little backroom equipment or maintenance. “We also wanted a system we could view remotely, either from the main office or at night from home to check on the premises if an alarm was triggered,” he said.
Ecl-ips recommended and installed a Mobotix Q22 IP camera.
Roe said: “The model is particularly suited to small high street locations like letting agents as a single camera can monitor an entire main area with its 360 degree view.
“In addition, the Q22 we installed has a removable 16GB Flash memory card, so in the case of Spaces and Places, they can record a loop of three continuous days worth of footage without the need for any special PC or video storage device which reduces costs and makes the system maintenance free.”