Another historical post post Is that really true in your part of the country? Around here it's certainly not... While there is cctv in the local city, toss a coin as to what it's looking at. For most of '16/'17 it was actually turned off completely. After being turned back on late last summer, the police and control room operators still didn't have access in December (last I heard, don't know if they've been let in yet). So, to assume someone is watching and that "the police will be on the way" isn't something I can support. As to quality of images... Householder's own cctv: City cctv: Brilliant... Then of course there's the fact that even if you call they might not show up either. An acquaintance was awoken in the night by strange noises so he looked out the window to see his work van open with someone unloading it, he called the police and was told there wasn't anyone available right now so he should leave them to it. He decided against that and informed the operator he'd deal with it himself. 3 days later a uniformed officer arrived, introduced himself as "rapid response" and offered a crime reference number... Metropolitan areas may well be supported by effective constabularies, but the other 95% of the land mass might as well be on it's own.