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There is strong anecdotal evidence that CCTV aids in detection and conviction of offenders; indeed UK police forces routinely seek CCTV recordings after crimes. Moreover, CCTV has played a crucial role in tracing the movements of suspects or victims and is widely regarded by anti terrorist officers as a fundamental tool in tracking terrorist suspects. Large scale CCTV installations have played a key part of the defenses against terrorism since the 1970s. Cameras have also been installed on public transport in the hope of deterring crime. A more open question is whether most CCTV is cost effective. While low quality domestic kits are cheap the professional installation and maintenance of high definition CCTV is expensive. Gill and Spriggs did a Cost effectiveness analysis CEA of CCTV in crime prevention that showed little monetary saving with the installation of CCTV as most of the crimes prevented resulted in little monetary loss. Critics however noted that benefits of non monetary value cannot be captured in a traditional Cost Effectiveness Analysis and were omitted from their study. A 2008 Report by UK Police Chiefs concluded that only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. In London, a Metropolitan Police report showed that in 2008 only one crime was solved per 1000 cameras. In some cases CCTV cameras have become a target of attacks themselves.

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This method also puts you in a better position to understand your final costs, whereas picking out security devices one by one can add up quickly, with lingering side effects on your monthly bill. For example, when you choose to record video with Xfinity, the additional price is levied per camera. Vivint wears the crown for top of the line home security automation, but with Xfinity’s in house line up — plus extensive partner brands — the Comcast offshoot gives Vivint a run for its money. If you are keen on outfitting your home with smart tech, both companies deserve consideration. The longer warranty with Vivint could give you more peace of mind, as does the possibility of paying month to month rather than signing up for a multi year contract with Xfinity. On the other hand, you could save some money with Xfinity thanks to their first year promotional rate, plus the opportunity to bundle if you go through Xfinity for TV or internet. Like many other big cable corporations, Comcast broached home security in order to offer customers another broadband dependent service that could be easily bundled with TV and internet. The Comcast telecom empire entered the home security space in 2011. When they followed up with entering the home automation space in 2013, they did so without initially trying to integrate the two home tech categories. This provides an interesting insight into the home automation focus of Xfinity Home Security — its impressive home automation abilities outpace the plain and simple security options that the service leads with. Xfinity’s basic home security plan — Xfinity Home Secure — costs $40 per month.

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We found August Doorbell Cam Pro and Ring Video Doorbell Pro easier to use than other smart doorbells. August's call notification was unique, acting more like a traditional phone call than a standard smartphone notification as with the other six doorbells we tested. The Ring Pro shines in a different way with some of the best motion detection options on the market. In general, the other products were all very easy to use, though RemoBell had fewer options for motion detection, smart home compatibility and was the only video doorbell we tested that must be rung to show live video. You can't look in on a live video stream because the unit goes into hibernation when nobody's around. Video and Audio QualityWhen someone calls at your door, the video doorbell is only as good as the video and audio in the call.