Why Every Business Needs Video Surveillance

Video Surveillance is Everywhere
I’m an 80’s kid. Back then we didn’t have surveillance cameras everywhere like we do now. Crime target locations like banks and convenience stores had them, but that’s about it. In today’s world, we get caught on camera just about everywhere I go; everyone does.

If you are old enough to remember what life was like before 9/11/2001, you know that everything is different now. We’ve had to give up our privacy, but I do believe that we’re safer than ever before from outside threats. Even so, the sad reality of our modern society is that bad things can happen anywhere.

Consider the benefits of a quality video surveillance system at your business:
1. Peace-of-Mind
Rest assured that you have a system in place to observe and record everything that happens. Watch your inventory shelves, cash registers, sensitive documents, or anything important. Take confidence in knowing that you have round-the-clock eyes on your people and property.

2. Deterrent
Strange things happen when no one is watching. It’s been said that there is no conclusive evidence that proves cameras deter criminal activity. What we do know for sure that people change their behavior when they’re being observed, it’s called the Hawthorne effect. Put up a camera in right plain sight and it will make a big difference.

3. Productivity
Back to the Hawthorne effect. When people know they’re being watched in the work environment they change their behavior for the better. As a business owner, you can take advantage of this phenomenon with a surveillance system. I’d suggest placing cameras in meeting areas and public spaces, not private offices and work areas. You don’t want to your employees to feel like they’re living in a fish bowl.

4. Documentation
When things do happen it’s crucial to have an accurate account. Often the events leading up to, and just after an incident are key to understanding how it happened and why. If you can understand how and why you’ll be in the best position to make decisions about how to prevent similar incidents in the future. If you do need to file a police report or insurance claim, clear and quality video makes a rock solid case.

5. Monitoring
Almost every video surveillance system manufactured within the last five years will have remote services capability. Put the system online and enjoy checking in on your business in real-time from your phone or web browser. Top-end systems will let you review recorded video right through the mobile app, you don’t even need to get out of your chair.

6. Cool Factor
Let’s agree that video surveillance is cool. Okay, maybe not as cool as a drone with a camera on it but still. You don’t have to be a tech nerd like me to appreciate a beautiful high-resolution live stream of the office on your phone while sitting on the beach in Cancun. We really are living the sci-fi future our grandparents dreamed about.

Do you have video surveillance at your business?