Covert or Overt CCTV?

Most businesses recognise the need for CCTV as a security measure. 

Some businesses want to monitor internal staff or visiting supplies to ensure they are not undertaking criminal activity.

This is where Covert CCTV comes in. We will take you through the differences between Covert CCTV and Overt CCTV.

Covert CCTV

Covert cameras tend to be more discreet by nature and can be disguised in every-day objects, so they are out of sight and dont' draw attention.

Cameras are placed where there is a need for surveillance in a particular location - for example, an area of high valuables.

Covert CCTV can be used to detect harassment or abuse - for example, in children's nurseries or care homes.

Some businesses operate covert and overt CCTV systems to ensure that if the overt cameras are disabled, they still have footage evidence.

Covert CCTV can even be used as a marketing tool. Larger retail stores use this to test consumers’ behaviour to certain products or displays to enhance the customer experience.

“It’s so overt, it’s covert.”

Robert Downey JR, Sherlock Holmes

Overt CCTV

Overt CCTV cameras are more aesthetically pleasing that blend into the environment however, they are still recognisable as recording devices.

Overt cameras act as a deterrent but sometimes, people don’t take note of the particulars of their day-to-day environment. 

Overt CCTV is largely everywhere but the most common uses are in public areas like car parks, receptions and hallways

Things to consider

Whether you choose covert or overt CCTV, you need to use the recorded material for what it was intended for and not affect anyone’s privacy whilst doing it otherwise you are breaking some serious rules. 

Find out which CCTV approach will work for your business. 

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