To cope with the increase in burglaries and robberies, many traders and business leaders opt for video protection of their premises. In some cities, it is also a wish of the security forces who see an effective fight against crime in the vicinity.
A plan to set up in Seine-Maritime
In mid-October 2013, the prefect of the Seine-Maritime Pierre-Henry Maccioni launched a comprehensive plan to fight against burglaries and armed robberies in Rouen, in the form of enhanced operational coordination in cities and territories (Corat).
This type of specialized cell action aimed at improving cooperation between police and gendarmes, acting together and in a complementary manner to enhance the safety of residents and businesses. The police and gendarmerie are under the direct authority of the prefect, and undertake joint on the most pressing security problems in a given territory.
The establishment of this anti-burglary program and anti-armed robbery in Greater Rouen is not a coincidence, since it is the city most affected by this type of department close to delinquency in recent years.
As part of this initiative, the police strongly encourage traders the most exposed (jewelers, tobacconists, supermarkets) to install a CCTV system on their premises.
What use to the police?
Although video-protection is not a panacea to solve all problems, it has several advantages both in terms of prevention and repression. First, the cameras serve to deter offenders to take action. But above all, they are a valuable aid to qualify the facts and give an appropriate legal action.
Most surveys prove it, one almost always finds a decline in property crime in neighborhoods where the main shops are adequately equipped in terms of video surveillance. Some cities of France will even offer financial aid to traders, to accompany the purchase of necessary equipment …
Advice police and gendarmes
To make the most effective video possible, the police give advice to merchants and entrepreneurs. Notably, asking them to reflect on their strategically security system, to ensure use of the images afterwards.
Indeed, the goal is not to install cameras everywhere, but only in the choke points. More importantly, it is essential to diversify the visual system:
- On the one hand, cameras for close-ups that will be used to identify criminals.
- Furthermore, cameras for wide plans that will see an overall situation and provide compelling evidence for criminal investigations.
This is not all, it is also essential that the recorders have a consistent capacity with the resolution of the installed cameras. Because often the compatibility of the recorder with surveillance cameras is poor, which can make them unusable pictures in court.