Video data saved on digital recorders is computer data. These files are at risk of corruption, just as other computer data is. Hard drives fail andthese systems can malfunction and that just the beginning:
The whole truth is:
- Every CCTV system is under the same threat of not delivering data when
needed. Leading causes for this are: equipment malfunction, power anomalies,
vandalism and outright theft of the recording device.
- Every CCTV dealer has unhappy clients that were unable to retrieve data to
prove a legal case. Without their recordings, the end user cannot pursue
historical data of great importance to their business or organization.
- Every CCTV system is subject to missing data that was overwritten when
it's needed. Data is usually overwritten after just a few weeks.
- The legal system has several years to file claims, and lawyers are not in
any rush to lose their cases. They know that pesky video data reveals the
truth and nothing but the truth. So, the longer they wait to file their
case, the better their chances are of prevailing in court.
Because the cost to backup data is so unaffordable, the issue continues to devalue the effectiveness of the best CCTV systems.
It’s time to be Proactive! Demand that your dealers, security consultants and sales rep firms offer you an affordable backup solution as well as a notification system in the event that your CCTV system goes down.
The whole truth is, any CCTV System without a backup is useless for legal claims. It is also useless if your data was not removed before being overwritten or is compromised.
Commit to backup, or don't be surprised when your CCTV system fails to produce the data you need when you need it most.