The “eye in the sky” has long been a staple of security in banks, casinos, jewelry stores and other enterprises that deal in large amounts of cash. But with the technology of security camera systems advancing (and the price for such technology falling), remote video surveillance has become more widely employed by many types of small business.
There is now a dizzying array of choices to you, depending on your needs, so let’s take a look at some of your options:
• Standard security cameras – Should be mounted to cover entries and exits to your business, as well as sensitive areas, such as anywhere cash is handled. Remember, employee theft is one of the largest sources of monetary loss to retailers.
• Specialized cameras – It’s now easier than ever to obtain and install infrared, low-light and night vision cameras as part of your overall security camera system. Consider this option if you have a darkened parking lot or warehouse that might be targeted by thieves.
• Digital Recorders – Keeping a record of what has happened no longer involves clunky VHS tapes, but crystal clear digital recorders. You can choose from one-channel, man-portable units for covert surveillance, to a facility-wide distributed enterprise system. The evidence stored on digital media can be indispensable in proving who committed a theft or burglary, plus it can safeguard your reputation against false claims of harassment or wrongful detention.
• Monitors – The days of tiny little black & white CCTV’s (closed circuit televisions) are in the past. Now you have a plethora of sizes, resolutions and formats to choose from, including LCD flat panels and touch-screen capable monitors.
• Remote viewing – Remote video surveillance now allows you to obtain security feeds no matter where you are. You can view over an internet connection at home or even have a video feed sent to your smart phone. If an alarm is tripped, you can simply check your video feed rather than rushing back to your office or store to check on things.
Don’t forget to check with your insurance agent for possible reductions and discounts that may be available to you for having installed a comprehensive security camera system.
As with all small business investments, put some time and thought into your overall security plan before spending money on security camera systems. You want to ensure that you’re covering all the bases and not leaving gaps in your coverage. With advance planning and careful consideration, remote video surveillance will afford you peace of mind that you’ve protected your business as well as possible.