CCTV for Business | Security | Video Surveillance

Let’s face it

You can’t always be around to protect your business’s assets from intruders.

It is not just impossible but it is cumbersome.

That’s why you should install CCTV on your business premises.

If you haven’t already.

According to Insureon survey, 35.2% of small businesses experienced an incident in 2016. These incidents consisted of theft, employee injury, customer complaints and injury, fire, or damage from company’s products.

A CCTV can help businesses keep track of such incidents and prevent them from happening in the future.

Also, installing a CCTV system can not only keep away intruders but act as a source of evidence. That is to both law enforcement and any other interested parties.

What’s more, in case of vandalism you can use the records to claim for insurance. And we all know dealing with insurance companies is not an easy job.

First, let’s understand what a CCTV is.

CCTV is an acronym of Closed Circuit Television.

Essentially, a CCTV system enables you to view and record activity on premises. for a surveillance system to be complete, you need:

  1. Display units
  2. Recorder to store data
  3. Camera to capture the data

CCTV Display units

CCTV monitors help you view data from the camera. Monitors come in different shapes and sizes. You can view the data on a single screen or use Video Splitter to view different cameras on the same screen.

CCTV Recorders

Depending on the type of cameras that you have, you can choose between network video recorder (NVR) or digital video recorder (DVR).

DVR are the commonly used recorders among businesses. A DVR system collects data from cameras using cables and stores the data into its internal hard drive. In the past, DVR systems were mainly used with analog cameras but you can now use them with hybrid cameras.

NVR are the modern recorders that use a network to record data from a camera. NVR may be much expensive than DVR but you don’t have to deal with connecting wires or viewing data in the control room. You have the flexibility to get notifications on your phone or email and even store data in the cloud. Furthermore, you can place the cameras at any location within the business premises as long as your network signal is strong enough.

CCTV Cameras

There are different types  of CCTV cameras available in the market;

  • Analog cameras
  • IP cameras
  • Wireless cameras
  • Infrared CCTV cameras
  • Day/night CCTV cameras
  • HD cameras

Choosing the best CCTV cameras will depend on a variety of factors. How is the lighting in your business premises? Do you have affordable internet? How many cameras do you need? What about the initial and maintenance cost of installing a CCTV system?

Depending on your business premises, there are key areas that need more attention than others. For example storage rooms, cash box, safes, and entry/exit doors should be among the top priority to install cameras.
The day/night cameras can be used in both lit and poorly lit areas while HD cameras produce high-quality videos thus suitable for casinos. Inferred cameras are specifically built for dark rooms and analog cameras use cables to transfer data to recorders.
Essentially, your choice of a CCTV camera should be tied to your business security needs.

CCTV cameras also come in different shapes and colors. As much as color may not be a critical factor, the ability to tilt the camera to a specific position can be a key consideration when purchasing a CCTV camera. You also need to check the resolution of the camera. There’s no need to purchase a camera with a low resolution that you can’t make out the person in the videos.

Benefits of installing CCTV system

Scare off intruders

Visible CCTV Security cameras will help discourage anyone from stealing because they are aware of the cameras watching them. Even when you miss something you can play back the recorder to view any changes that occurred in a particular time frame.

Reduces theft

Businesses experience theft from both outsiders and internal stakeholders. In fact, about a third of businesses go bankrupt because of employee theft. Integrating a CCTV system with Visitor Management System can help you monitor activities within your business premises to help reduce theft both from employees and external stakeholders.

Monitor employee performance

There are different kinds of employees in every company. But the ones that can cost your business money are the under-performing employees. Such employees waste time doing things that add no value to the business. That’s where a CCTV can help supervisors monitor employee performance. A supervisor can check employees’ reporting time, movement, and breaks to determine if they are an asset or an expense to the business.

Act as a source of evidence

Time and again businesses are sued for malpractice and harassment by both internal and external stakeholders. You may have to pay a lot of money if a stakeholder proves in a court of law that they were harassed by your company. However, if you have CCTV surveillance installed, you can present the evidence if the lawsuit is false or exaggerated.

Maintenance of CCTV Security Systems

Just like any other system, you need to keep track of the CCTV surveillance system to ensure that it is working properly. With analog CCTV systems, all wires must be installed correctly for the system to capture, display and record the data.

For digital CCTV systems, a stable network is crucial for the system to function properly. You can choose to outsource CCTV security services from an established security provider or have part of your IT team maintain the system. Outsourcing may be cheaper but a vendor may not be available all the time to monitor the system.


Wamboi Gicheha is a freelance Tech Writer. When she’s not reading or writing about Tech, she’s probably traveling or ravaging Pinterest for a DIY project. You can connect with her on Twitter.

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