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One of the best ways to protect your place of business, employees, and customers is to integrate video surveillance and video recording into your security system, providing a watchful eye to deter crime, reduce vandalism, and keep you informed.
You may be wondering what type of security cameras and network video recording would work best in your organization.
Here are 10 ways that you can protect your business with video surveillance
One of the best benefits of video surveillance systems is that they work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they will always be monitoring what is going on. Video can protect you if you have shift workers, or if your business is located in an area known for night time theft or vandalism. It can also prevent inventory loss from theft.
It's a simple fact: businesses armed with video security systems are far less attractive to potential thieves than those that don't use surveillance. After all, it's a lot safer and easier to commit a crime when you have very little risk of being seen or caught. Because they silently declare: "I'm watching you," conspicuous surveillance cameras are a very effective deterrent to break-ins and other illegal activity.
However, cameras aren't always a foolproof safety measure, because while most criminals are wary of being seen on video, a small percentage will still go through with their plans, anyway. But here's the good news: video surveillance and video recording help catch thieves. In many cases, footage from business security cameras has helped police track down criminals and recover stolen property, even in a few instances where the cameras belonged to neighbouring businesses.
Increase the Safety of Parking Areas
While customer satisfaction is the top priority of many business owners and managers, employee safety is of no less importance, especially if they're required to walk to and from their vehicles in the dark at extremely early or late hours. Video surveillance of parking areas can greatly curb vehicle break-ins and vandalism, as well as increase the personal safety of your valuable customers and employees as they enter and exit their cars.
Monitor Cash Handling and POS Transactions
Are you concerned that money is being skimmed from bank deposits, that cashiers are ringing in unauthorized discounts, or that your bartenders are giving away a few too many free drinks? Installing security cameras with a bird's eye view of cash registers, POS terminals and other cash handling areas will enable you to clearly see when business is being conducted as expected, and when you're losing money.
Make Sure After-Hours Cleaning and Maintenance Crews Are Doing Their Job
At the end of the day, you and your staff shut down, lock up and go home—just in time for your overnight cleaning and maintenance contractors to arrive. If you're unsure of whether or not after-hours crews are completing all the work for which you are paying them, check up from time to time by way of archived video footage, or even keep track remotely, in real-time, with streaming internet cameras.
Keep an Eye on Loading Docks
Loading docks can be tricky—they not only provide a way for unauthorized items to leave your business, but also become a less obvious entry point for enterprising thieves. Installing surveillance cameras gives you an unobtrusive way to monitor what—and who—goes in and out of your shipping and receiving areas.
Screen Who You Buzz in through a Locked Front Door
Surveillance cameras and network video recording systems enable you to see and record who enters and exits through your front door. For companies who prefer to keep their front door locked and use a voice intercom system, video surveillance cameras add a higher level of security and visibility.
Monitor Stock Rooms
Whether you're in retail or just oversee the office supply closet, installing a security camera to monitor comings, goings and product removal can greatly cut down on your losses. Video surveillance can clue you in to employees who may be pilfering merchandise when they think no one is looking, or help you zone in on people who stock up on company-purchased pens, paper, and printer cartridges for personal use.
Surveillance cameras are also excellent for use in, and just outside of, remote stock rooms located in the back-access hallways of shopping malls. Not only do they allow you to monitor access to the stock rooms, but they can also increase employees' safety when they need to make stock runs through these isolated, otherwise unseen areas.
Video images can be safely stored on a network video recorder server located on your premises or elsewhere. Network video recorders enable you or other authorized users to access your cameras or review recordings from anywhere with access to the internet.
Save on Insurance Premiums
Last but not least, a video security system can save you and your organization money—and in more than one way. In addition to preventing loss of property and cash from the inside, surveillance cameras also prevent acts of theft and vandalism by outside individuals, which would require reimbursement payouts from your insurance company. As a result, insurers often grant discount premiums to camera-protected organizations because they are a much lower payout risk than camera-free properties.
Get Quality Video Surveillance Systems from High Tech Communications
If you want to reap the benefits of security, protection, and overseeing your operations, High Tech Communications can deliver the solutions you need. Based in Aurora, Canada, we have partnered with several best of breed video surveillance systems and video camera providers to bring excellent video surveillance services to you.
In addition to video surveillance systems High Tech is able to provide high-end VoIP phone systems, Digital and Hybrid phone systems, PA systems, Structured Cabling as well as a host of data solutions (on site or in the cloud) that can benefit GTA sectors such as education, healthcare, hospitality, call centres, and countless types of businesses. We have integrated network partnerships and can offer dedicated communications support across regional, national, and international accounts.
To learn more about how our video surveillance systems can keep your organization, business, or retail stores safe, contact us toll-free at 1 (800) 853-2335.