Now that more and more small businesses are getting wifi routers in order to support contactless card payment technology, fulfil a customer expectation and let business owners get online more easily, it’s also much easier to install CCTV taking advantage of Smart wireless technology.
Fitting one or several CCTV cameras inside your business premises is a practical and cost-effective security and loss prevention solution. You reduce shrinkage, protect your staff and inventory and discourage vandalism, criminal damage and break-ins. Since so many stores now have wifi the barriers of entry into the Smart CCTV camera market are greatly reduced, so what should you bear in mind when looking for an electronic surveillance system for your business premises?
Smaller, Better Quality Security Cameras. Quick To Install And Easy To Use
The old days of VHS recordings are gone, and a remotely monitored CCTV service’ days are numbered too. Instead, it’s far easier to install a far superior HD CCTV camera inside and out of your premises. With motion sensors, HD recording and two way communications that you can put up yourself, it’s the most practical and effective loss prevention precaution you can do yourself in an afternoon.
The interesting thing about HD Smart CCTV cameras is that they not only capture excellent image quality recordings of what goes on in your premise, they can record speech and even allow you to speak to intruders. Notwithstanding the deterrent of a CCTV camera in situ, the images and sound that is recorded if there is a break-in offer a far greater chance of conviction, and perhaps the recovery of stolen goods. Clear pictures of intruders’ faces, their voices, possibly using one another’s names if there are several, make the police and prosecution’s job much easier when the case comes to trial.
Your Security Cameras Are A Visible Deterrent To Theft And Shrinkage
There are naturally some restrictions on where you can place CCTV cameras. For example you can’t put them in areas where your customers or staff change their clothing, in lavatories or anywhere else where there is an expectation of privacy. However, that doesn’t include staff rooms, kitchens, or common areas. You will be required to place a sign stating that CCTV is in use, (along with a notice of who operates the system where applicable) however, as a loss prevention plan, this works in your favour. After all, prevention is better than cure, so deterring thieves is financially more rewarding than capturing evidence.
As well as protecting inventory, your CCTV system will improve your health and safety too. It’s simple to include fire, smoke and CO detectors, and reviewing your CCTV regularly will help with compliance and re-training. For example, if best practice isn’t being observed in loading bay, parking areas, stock rooms and COSHH you can see where the rules are being broken and step in before an accident happens.
A Few Words On Data Protection And CCTV
Placing cameras in a position where you are recording faces, number plates of customers going about their business legitimately will mean that you need to comply with the Data Protection Act. In fact, anyone who installs a CCTV system should register with the Information Commissioner’s Office to ensure that they are using best practise and are accountable for the data they capture and archive.
Another barrier to entry of course is cost. The cost of buying or leasing camera equipment, recording devices, a third party monitoring service would all need to be offset against insurance reductions, loss prevention, and other benefits associated with increased security. Today the cost of installation is very low. The cameras themselves are a low cost investment, installation takes a few hours at most and the data can be sent to your own phone or computer, stored on the cloud for a nominal subscription, or on an SD card or hard drive.
The benefits of Smart CCTV include:
- Uploading through the internet to the cloud, your computer or other device
- Motion detection, which makes review fast and simple
- Watch live or review at a later date wherever you are
- A number of apps, detectors, lights and peripherals which can expend your security system as required
- Cameras designed for outdoor use can withstand climate extremes, birds and other conditions
- Quick and easy to install without cable installation and minimal disruption to business
Wireless cameras are quick and easy to install. Cabled cameras involve a good deal more drilling, cabling and trunking, meaning noise, dust and intrusion. If you don’t own your business premises you may not be able to get permission to drill holes through walls or install the hardware which is required. Monitored CCTV not only requires installation, it also requires an ongoing contract with the security company, meaning costs and other commitments.