Many business owners install video surveillance cameras to protect employees, customers and valuable business assets from costly threats, such as internal or external theft and fraudulent activity.
A report by the Urban Institute revealed surveillance cameras can reduce crime, but only when strategically placed and installed correctly.
This post provides tips for businesses looking to enhance security through proper video surveillance camera positioning and setup.
Identify Business Security Needs
Businesses should identify potential security threats and vulnerable areas that pose the biggest risks to their company. Some of these security risks can include:
- Lack of 24/7 surveillance or blind spots on the property.
- Low visibility at point of sales (POS) locations or other areas containing money or credit card information.
- Neighborhood crime rates.
- Poorly illuminated areas.
- Unsecured entry or exit points.
Businesses can use their identified risks to design a surveillance system capable of deterring intruders, all while keeping tabs on employees.
Determine Appropriate Placement
Surveillance cameras can provide visual insight, discourage theft and ward off intruders in areas of your business, such as:
- Burglar targets (e.g., electronics, sensitive documents and safes).
- Entry points.
- POS terminals.
If your business is looking to implement security cameras, you must be aware of all privacy laws in your state to ensure only authorized areas are monitored. Some rooms to avoid placing cameras might include:
- Dressing rooms.
- Exam rooms.
- Hotel rooms.
- Locker rooms.
Respect the privacy of your employees and customers, as well as the law, by ensuring cameras are placed in appropriate places.
Ensure Proper Setup
Make sure your equipment and system software are properly installed through professional installation to provide optimal protection for your business.
A few common setup mistakes include:
- Improper camera placement. Businesses should position cameras in areas with strong Wi-Fi connection and a clear view of the monitored area. Don’t position in areas that are obstructed by obstacles or bright lights, to avoid decreased visibility.
- Lack of remote access capabilities. Business owners should have the ability to monitor and control their surveillance system from anywhere, at any time using a computer or mobile device.
- Lack of visual coverage. Businesses should know how many cameras are required for full coverage of high-risk areas.
- Weak or no password protection. Businesses should password-protect all surveillance system access to prevent cyber attackers from hacking into cameras.
A surveillance system can prevent loss and serve as a valuable asset to your business, but only if it is properly installed and utilized. Avoid making costly mistakes by working with a trusted security provider to ensure your surveillance system is well designed, installed, and monitored for optimal protection.
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