Remote Viewing for CCTV

By Jonathan Ratcliffe

Many CCTV systems offer cameras that watch over your property when you’re not there. While security cameras do provide a visual deterrent for many who are in the business of breaking into properties, this element does not deter everyone. That means you could be out and someone might still choose to break in. You would ... Read more


Many CCTV systems offer cameras that watch over your property when you’re not there. While security cameras do provide a visual deterrent for many who are in the business of breaking into properties, this element does not deter everyone. That means you could be out and someone might still choose to break in. You would have no way of knowing whether that was the case or not until you returned.

This is one of the reasons why CCTV and the ability to view the feed from the cameras remotely is becoming more common and more sought-after by home and business owners. If you knew you could pick up your iPhone and check on your home or business premises, would you do it? Most of us would, just to give us peace of mind, if nothing else.

Being able to do this also means you can alert someone and get assistance if you see someone trying to break in. A quick call to the police to say your property is being broken into would alert the authorities and hopefully result in someone attending to find out what is happening. And with remote viewing in place, you can do this no matter where in the world you are.

How does it work?

Remote viewing of a CCTV feed is made possible by installing IP cameras, otherwise known as internet protocol cameras. Alternatively, you can make sure the feed from your DVR is accessible via your home broadband. If so, you can then access it remotely. You just need to access the feed to make it happen.

Good for businesses as well as private householders

It’s worth mentioning that business security will be at a much higher level if you allow for remote viewing. A quick glance at your iPhone enables you to check what’s happening in any area where you have a CCTV camera installed. Not only does this deter would-be burglars from breaking in, it also deters employees from causing issues or indulging in employee theft. This is far from common, but research has shown incidents of theft by employees fall when remote viewing via CCTV cameras is made possible.

Hence why you can boost your security – whether that is at home or at your place of work – by adding remote viewing to your CCTV camera setup. If you haven’t done this yet, now would be a great time to do so.

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BY Jonathan Ratcliffe

Jonathan manages Marketing at CCTV.co.uk - with over 15 years experience in CCTV Installation - he writes as an Expert in CCTV Systems, News, Crime Rate Analysis and other FAQs