This post was originally published on September 1, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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.

Surveillance cameras can reduce crime, but only when strategically placed and installed correctly.

If your business is looking to enhance security with video surveillance equipment, consider these tips for proper positioning and setup.

1. Identify Business Security Needs

Businesses must identify potential security threats and vulnerable areas that pose the biggest risks to their company. Some security risks include:

No two businesses are the same, so it’s important to identify unique areas of vulnerability. Through these identified risks, your team can design a customized surveillance system capable of deterring intruders and keeping tabs on employees.

2. Determine Appropriate Placement

Surveillance cameras can provide visual insight, discourage theft and ward off intruders in all areas of your business such as:

  • Targets for theft and burglary (e.g., electronics, expensive equipment, sensitive documents and safes).
  • Entry points.
  • POS.
  • Walkways.

If your business plans 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, include:

  • Dressing rooms.
  • Exam rooms.
  • Hotel rooms.
  • Locker rooms.
  • Restrooms.

In general, avoid any areas where there is an expectation of privacy. Respect the privacy of your employees and customers, as well as the law, by ensuring cameras are placed appropriately.

3. Ensure Proper Setup

Make sure your equipment and system software are properly installed through professional installation to provide optimal protection for your business.

Without professional installation, you run the risk of the following setbacks:

  • Improper camera placement. Position cameras in areas with strong Wi-Fi connection and a clear view of the monitored area, avoiding obstructions and bright lights.
  • Lack of remote access capabilities. Business owners should have the ability to monitor and control their surveillance system from anywhere, at any time.
  • Lack of visual coverage. Businesses should know how many cameras are required for full coverage of high-risk areas.
  • Weak or no password protection. Password-protect surveillance system access to prevent cyber attackers from disabling cameras.

A surveillance system can prevent loss and serve as a valuable asset to your business, but only if it is properly employed. 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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