Commercial Buildings: Security Camera Tips
You’ve worked hard to get your business where it is today. Whether you’re the founder or another invested employee, no one wants to see their hard-earned assets stolen or damaged. There is so much important data and other information that is crucial to your business; in this technological age, too many people focus solely on the protection of this digital data (finances, passwords, sensitive documents) and they fail to take steps in protecting their physical assets. The security of your commercial building is very important to the success of your business and the well-being of your employees. Once you’ve made the decision to implement a security camera system for your commercial building, it can be tricky to figure out what you need.
Every company’s building is different, so there is no single perfect equipment package. However, when your team starts the search for a new surveillance system, there are a few things to be looking for. First on your list should be image quality. A camera won’t do you much good if you can’t decipher what it’s seeing. Depending on your space, you may also want a camera with good night recording capabilities (especially if you plan on monitoring an outside area). Sound capturing and motion sensing are other potentially desirable qualities to look for in your new system.
Location, location, location. Having a state of the art surveillance system is useless if the cameras aren’t utilized to their fullest potential. Placement of your security cameras is the single most important consideration you can make. The number of security cameras you need for your commercial building will likely vary based on the type of business you own. Establishments that specialize in luxury items, for instance, have a higher demand for good security. Other locales such as office space may require less stringent measures. Start by identifying the areas of your space that need the most protection. Here are some of the most common:
Having an adequate number of security cameras is important, but you should also be conscious of optimizing their potential. For example, if you have several entries/exits near each other, a single strategically-positioned camera can cover multiple targets at once. Consider, as well, the lighting situation. Cameras pointing at bright lights have a tendency to produce “washed-out” footage.
As the proprietor of your business, you can’t have your eyes on everything at all times. Installing a good surveillance system will save you money as well as a lot of stress by cutting down on theft and other unfortunate happenings. All commercial buildings should be equipped with a good surveillance system and top-quality security cameras in order to maximize your company’s efficiency and peace of mind.