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Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is a television transmission system applied with the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific, limited set of monitors. As the name implies, it is a system in which the circuit is closed and all the elements are directly connected. Signals are sent to a specific group of receivers, either using coaxial cable or wirelessly through scrambled radio waves that are unscrambled at the point of reception. This is unlike broadcast television, where any receiver that is correctly tuned can pick up the signal from the airwaves.

CCTV cameras are most often used in retail stores in areas which are determined to need special attention in order to protect our customers, associates and store assets. These security systems can be used to monitor customer behaviors and suspected shoplifters, more conspicuously when used in accord with public view monitors to deter theft and provide increased safety and security, or more covertly when investigating internal theft issues. When used appropriately, such devices provide a valuable weapon in deterring theft and other undesirable activities. However, CCTV systems may also be used to monitor customer behavior to assist with marketing, sales, and customer service needs.

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Today, most CCTV systems use small, high-definition digital camera systems. Advances in digital technology have made video surveillance more user friendly than ever before. Digital surveillance is now coupled with computer technology, compressing images into a format that allows the images to be stored on a computer hard drive. Images can be stored in computers, transferred to DVD equipment, or transmitted to a computer monitor thousands of miles away. Security systems using IP cameras are easy to install and maintain, and can be customized to meet the ever-changing needs of the retail environment. There are countless systems available utilizing different schemes and different technologies, and the available recording options are growing almost daily.


Get to Know Video Surveillance Laws

Get to Know Video Surveillance Laws

Security surveillance footage provides value in many ways, including theft prevention, suspect identification, and as key evidence in defending against personal injury lawsuits. It’s time for retail loss prevention professionals to familiarize themselves with video surveillance laws and uses.

Case in point: A Philadelphia County Court judge last summer cut a   Read More


Closed Circuit Security Cameras

Closed Circuit Security Cameras

Closed circuit television, or CCTV, is a television transmission system that is applied with the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific, limited set of monitors. As the name implies, it is a system in which the circuit is closed and all the elements are directly   Read More


The Retail CCTV Evolution

The Retail CCTV Evolution

While the new “anti-establishment” world is rejecting globalization, will retail CCTV technology integration provide the panacea to retail risks? The world may continue to spin on its axis, but it is rapidly changing politically and economically with a new anti-establishment agenda and narrative rejecting globalization in an attempt to preserve   Read More


Evolving Security Cameras and Video Technology

Evolving Security Cameras and Video Technology

In a recent series of aricles, Bill Turner, contributing writer, has looked at the evolution of loss prevention since the inception of LP Magazine in 2001. (See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of “Fifteen Years of Loss Prevention.”) In the May–June 2017 issue, Turner concludes the series by   Read More


Facial Recognition Security Cameras: A Game-Changing Technology

Facial Recognition Security Cameras: A Game-Changing Technology

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is based on the experiences of a well-known retailer who implemented a facial-recognition security camera system. Because of the potential value of this technology to the retail industry as well as the critical issues surrounding its deployment, the executive who leads this initiative approached the magazine to   Read More


An Update on Major Subjects Affecting Retail LP

An Update on Major Subjects Affecting Retail LP

After completing the three-part series on the first fifteen years of Loss Prevention magazine, I promised to write an additional article that looks at the current and future state of some subjects we discussed that have a huge influence on the retail loss prevention profession. As I looked at the   Read More