As anyone who runs a business knows, a lot can go wrong in the course of a given day and whatever it was that went wrong will likely cost you money. Fortunately for business owners, surveillance camera systems have become more affordable and are a valuable tool in identifying many problems that would otherwise go undetected. Almost any business can benefit from a camera system, which arguable has become required equipment in a litigious society like ours.
Protecting the Business
One of the most daunting problems a business faces is from theft. In a retail environment, this includes theft from both customers and employees. While a camera system by itself cannot physically stop someone from stealing, it can help identify who the thieves are and what areas of the business are vulnerable to theft. This gives owners valuable evidence in prosecuting crime and information needed to respond properly to the theft, like moving vulnerable goods to a less risky location.
Another way cameras help protect businesses is in the area of safety. Some job sites deal in hazardous materials. With continuous monitoring on such a site, management would be able to take quick action in the event of a chemical spill or a fire.
The last thing that any business wants to deal with are safety claims from employees or customers. Cameras allow a business to track what happened in the case of an accident. Did the customer really slip on the floor or did they make it all up? Having a video surveillance system can give you the answer.
Sometimes the issues you are concerned with are not so much about theft or safety, but more about how smoothly the business itself is running. This is another area where a security camera system can be helpful. In a manufacturing environment, a camera system can help with monitoring to ensure that the process is moving along. You would be able to see a problem, such as a logjam on a conveyor belt system, and fix it quickly. These cameras would also be helpful in recognizing when a line of customers became too long, if employees were not working, or worse yet, if there was any workplace violence. They also help to ensure that scheduled events like deliveries and shipments are on schedule.
If you ask anyone what they think of when you talk about security camera systems, one likely response might be one that paints a picture of uniformed security officers looking at monitors for hours on end. Some businesses need to staff personnel 24/7 to provide continuous monitoring, but many don’t.
You can configure a recording system to record only in response to events like motion detection, a door opening or a window being broken. For many systems, recording 12 straight hours after closing of nothing happening takes up too much disk space. Even though ‘nothing happening’ is something that most companies strive for, it’s not something that some companies have the luxury of archiving for months on end.
Leveraging existing hardware is another huge benefit of some camera systems. If you already have an Ethernet network, you can use that with a set of IP cameras without having to install any dedicated wiring. Likewise, you can use existing computers or servers with many systems, without having to install a dedicated DVR unit.
You can extend internet technology further for monitoring and notification. Upon any event like the breaches or motion detection mentioned earlier, a system can be configured to respond by sending an email to an admin. Monitoring remotely through an internet connection is another option.
The business climate today has made security camera systems a must for any business owner. Protecting the business means being able not only to spot theft, but to also record incidents involving safety and insurance claims as well. Technology has made the equipment needed for many systems affordable and flexible enough that anyone could use it. Finally, the argument that it costs too much doesn’t hold up anymore. The cost of installing and operating an effective surveillance camera system is much less than the potential losses and liability a business faces without it.
Erik Johnson is a security and surveillance industry veteran looking to share his knowledge with home owners and business owners as they attempt to best secure their assets, family, and property. Erik has worked with numerous manufacturers to assist them in designing some of the best dome camera products on the market place. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?