Top Reasons to Install Security Cameras at Your Business
Like it or not, security cameras are everywhere — on public streets, in parking lots and business exteriors and increasingly, inside office buildings.
Business owners are increasingly feeling the need to have an accurate and indisputable record of what transpires on their premises, both for safety reasons, as well as for legal protection. So, what are the top reasons you should install security cameras in your business?
The most common reason for installing security cameras is to deter crime and prevent vandalism. The fact is, burglars and vandals are opportunistic — they tend to target businesses and homes that are most vulnerable. Realizing they’re being monitored and that their actions are being recorded may send potential burglars looking for easier prey. Oftentimes, when a crime or act of vandalism is committed, there is a recording of the perpetrator’s face, which when turned over to the police, can lead to an arrest.
Business owners now have the ability to watch what’s going on at their business remotely. Surveillance cameras can record not only crimes committed on the exterior of a property, but can also provide an indisputable record of what’s going on inside. When a business owner chooses not to have a security guard or service monitor their business at night, he or she can still watch for suspicious activity by means of a computer.
On-camera security also provides safety for employees. If you have a public business, such as a convenience store, liquor store or bank, that robbers might target, the camera will be rolling, so that even if a crime isn’t deterred, there’s a record of it being committed that can aid in the prosecution of felons.
Some losses you may incur in your business have nothing to do with theft, but rather loss of productivity. A security camera can be a means for you to make sure employees are performing to your expectations when you’re not around. Likewise, they can inhibit employee theft, as well as a wasting of materials.
Cameras can also inhibit misbehavior by employees, such as harassment or bullying. A record of events will provide you with the information you need when you’re called on to resolve disputes between employees. Some disputes may even end up in court, and having cameras and a video of the problem behavior can help show you were conscientious in protecting the safety of your employees. Cameras used for this purpose can also help ensure employees are adhering to company policies and procedures. However, there are a couple downsides to installing surveillance cameras.
Employees may not flourish in an atmosphere where they feel mistrusted, so they might decide to move on and look for employment elsewhere. Some people also don’t perform well if they feel they’re being watched, inhibiting creativity, which is a loss to you. If you find this occurring and suspect surveillance is to blame, you may have to do a better job of stressing the benefits of these cameras to employees.
You can do this by explaining the cameras are for safety and security. You can also emphasize that video surveillance can help you recognize outstanding performance better. You might also explain that no hidden cameras are permitted, and that no cameras will ever be installed in private areas, such as restrooms or lounges.
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