THE PRESENCE OF VIDEO SURVEILLANCE KEEPS YOUR BUILDING SAFER
Surveillance systems can reduce crime when installed, advertised, and monitored correctly. As long as public perception is that they will be caught by someone watching the video, crime goes down. There are several methods to employ to ensure surveillance systems are effective. However, there are also several methods that basically guarantee that they will be ineffective. Read below to ensure that your video surveillance system will be effective at preventing crime and keeping your building safer.
How Extensive is Your Video Surveillance?
One key to increasing the effectiveness of your video surveillance system is to have a high concentration of cameras within view of would be perpetrators. If potential criminals can’t see the cameras, or they only see one or two in an entire store or property, then they aren’t likely to be deterred. However, if they see cameras at every door, the cash register, near high dollar merchandise, then they may just walk out without causing any harm.
Location, Location, Location
It is also extremely important to place your surveillance cameras in areas where they matter. Areas such as the entrances and exits, near the cash, near high dollar items, near accounting records, etc. Placing cameras strategically, rather than at random, can really increase the effectiveness and success rate of your video surveillance system.
Monitor and Review Your Video Surveillance
The key to video surveillance is monitoring the footage regularly. Would-be criminals may not know that you are reviewing the video regularly since it’s not a fact that is typically posted, but they will catch on pretty quick if you are regularly using the video to stop potential theft, break-ins, etc. Word gets out quickly as to which locations are under good surveillance and which aren’t. You can reduce crime at your property when potential perpetrators hear about your video surveillance use “through the grapevine.”
Safety has to be a top priority for all building and property owners. Sure, reducing theft is a great thing that will save you money, but keeping away dangerous criminals and keeping those on your property safe is the true goal. Whether it’s employees, customers, visitors, or neighboring businesses, keeping your property safe keeps them safe.