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A Timeline Of CCTV

Timeline Of CCTV

At CCTV42 we know better than most the incredible benefits of having a great CCTV system that has been correctly installed, positioned, and tailored to the needs of your premises but the use of security cameras has not always been as sophisticated. In this article, we will look at the progression of the use of cameras from its early use in 1942 through to its wide-scale adoption in the 1980s.


  • 1942

During the Second World War Germany used CCTV to safely monitor rocket launches. Similarly, the 1940s saw the U.S. use CCTV to monitor nuclear weapons tests whilst maintaining a safe distance.


  • 1949

In 1949 Vericon, a U.S government contractor, began promoting early versions of CCTV.


  • 1960

When the Thai royal family visited the UK in 1960 the metropolitan police used two temporary cameras as part of their crowd control efforts.


  • 1961

Today CCTV in train stations is a common sight and an integral part of public safety but video surveillance was first introduced into a London train station over half a century ago. In 1961 the London Transport took a huge step forward in increasing the security of public transportation with the implementation of video surveillance in one of its stations.


  • 1964

1964 saw the use of CCTV by the police take another step forward as Liverpool experimented with four hidden cameras.


  • 1966

In 1966 inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown became the originator of the home security system which was later patented in 1969. The system included peepholes, a remote-controlled door latch and cameras.


  • 1970s

The 1970s saw the adoption of CCTV increase as the introduction of the VCR made the previously lengthy process significantly quicker and easier.


  • 1970 & 80s

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s there was an increase in bank robberies and with it came an increased need for a solution. CCTV became more and more common as it was put into use to fix the bank robbery issue.


The potential of CCTV was explored further throughout these two decades and was used more frequently for everything from monitoring protests to security on public transport.

Local authorities started using CCTV in parking lots and by the late 1980s street-based CCTV was commonly used and cameras were used throughout council estates.

Fast forward to today and CCTV cameras have vastly improved and now help monitor our streets and public areas as well as protect homes and commercial properties against burglary, vandalism and more.

But, here at CCTV42, we combine the best in modern CCTV technology with an easy-to-understand approach. Our experts are on hand to help you get through the jargon and find a security system that works for you. For CCTV cameras from the 21st century visit us online and browse our range of cameras, DVRS and CCTV accessories.

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