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Quick Guide to Video Surveillance

Companies install security systems to help prevent theft and crimes from happening, and capture criminals. Video surveillance comes in many different variations, and businesses can scale their operations to the scale of their video surveillance methods.

The first thing a business must choose is if they are going to choose a covert or overt type of surveillance system. Covert systems are often used to watch someone to make sure they are performing correctly. Covert systems are hidden and they provide a more accurate perception of real work environment. They are implemented to make sure the employees aren’t doing something that they shouldn’t be doing.

Overt surveillance systems are more common with businesses because they serve a wide variety of functions. They can monitor employees, or protect you company from theft. Using video surveillance to monitor employee performance is gaining popularity even though according to American Management Asssociation, “Only 7% use video surveillance to track employees’ on-the-job performance. Most employers notify employees of anti-theft video surveillance (78%) and performance-related video monitoring (89%).” Using video surveillance to deter thieves is the most common function of video surveillance systems. Companies who don’t use video surveillance are more than often victims of robberies.

Depending on the scale of your business, the video surveillance system you use may differ. CCTV systems are analogous systems that were once the norm of the video surveillance industry. They are now more costly to maintain and install than IP video surveillance systems. The only downsides of purchasing a surveillance system can mostly be found in implementing CCTV systems (unless a specific instance calls for it). Purchasing and installing CCTV video surveillance systems can be costly.

IP video cameras are easy to install because they allow for flexibility with bandwidth and pricing. IP video surveillance is the future of the video surveillance industry and they are easily obtainable. With choosing IP camera systems you must figure out where you want/need the cameras and then you will be on your way to finding the right camera for your specific functions. IP video cameras can be accessed and monitored, shut off, or recorded by your computer system. They will reduce the likelihood of break-ins and, and if a break in does occur they will be used to positively ID the criminal.

Security systems are important to protect business assets and they will likely help employees and business owners feel more comfortable with their personal and office security. Some people may not feel comfortable knowing the cameras are always watching, but ensuring the employees that video surveillance is to monitor and reduce theft will acclimate employee skepticism.

Overall, security camera systems are a great asset to any business security system. The systems can fit any business size. They can range from a single camera and monitor, to a complex video surveillance that consists of hundreds of cameras and multiple operators. IP security camera systems are making it cheaper for businesses to implement a more expansive security system in their business. Video surveillance is a good idea if you are trying to prevent theft and make your employees feel safer. Again, the two major benefits of a video camera is to discourage potential thieves (larger cameras are used here so the burglar notices the camera in place) and evidence (in case theft or accidents occur). Other benefits are that they help to monitor cash registers, meet insurance requirements and monitor visitors, employees or areas. To read more about choosing a vendor, read our video surveillance buyer's guide.