What Is CCTV?

When Was CCTV Invented?

The history of CCTV goes back to 1942. 1942 was when the first documented use of CCTV was recorded. Therefore, we believe CCTV was invented in 1942. The recorded use was in Germany and it was done by an engineer named Walter Bruch. He designed and installed a system for observing the launch of various V-2 rockets. At Forrest Security Systems, we are a security company that was established in 2016. We provide CCTV in Maidstone and surrounding areas.

What Does CCTV Mean and How Does it Work?

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. It is a video system that involves intentionally placing video security cameras around an area that needs to be monitored. this could anything from a house to a bank. the video cameras record the area the lens can see and then transmits it to be displayed on monitors for real-time viewing. As well as this, you can get footage playback to watch after events have happened. For example, if you saw cameras in a bank, the chances are that the security team is watching them at all times.

Are CCTV Cameras Legal?

The short answer, when asked if CCTV cameras are legal, is yes. It is completely legal to set up and use CCTV cameras on your property as long as it is taken care of. Many people have security cameras around their homes, inside and out, to keep away intruders and people trying to break into their houses. Another security feature that you can have is intruder alarms.

What to Look For When Buying a CCTV System?

There are certain things you should look out for when you are buying a CCTV system for your home. The first is to make sure you trust the company you are buying from and that they have a few years of experience. This way you can see if the company knows what they are doing. Forrest Security Systems was established in 2016 and we have 18 years of experience securing peoples properties with CCTV, panic alarms, intruder alarms and access control panels.

How Much Does CCTV Cost?

The cost of CCTV can vary greatly depending on what you want to do to your property. Many companies like ours, charge per camera fitted. Typically, one camera with complete DVR, monitor, full installation and wiring would cost around £540-£660. After this, each additional camera would cost around £120. Therefore, a 3 camera system on average would cost around £780-£900. However, for the exact prices on our systems, contact us today.

How To Access CCTV?

Many people ask how to access CCTV. The answer to this question is that it depends on the system you are using. If you are using a system that is cloud-based, then you would need to log in to the account that is hosting your footage. This could be a site like YouTube or Vimeo. If you are using a DVR-based system, then you would need to connect to the DVR and view the footage from there. Often, companies will provide an app for this purpose.

Is CCTV Worth It?

Is CCTV worth it? the short answer is yes. There could be nothing worse than people breaking into your home and you have no idea who it was. If you have CCTV installed, and the unfortunate event of someone breaking in happened, then you would at least be able to get a description of the burglars to give to the police.


CCTV is a great security measure to have in your home or business. Not only can it help you keep an eye on the property, but also give you peace of mind knowing that if someone tries to break in, they will be caught and justice will prevail. Investing in CCTV cameras for your property should not only increase safety but may provide other benefits such as being able to monitor pets when away from home. Whether it’s outdoor surveillance systems or indoor digital video recorders, we are here at Forrest Security Systems to assist with any questions you might have about our services and products!

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