Business owners have a lot to protect. Whether it’s a small business or larger operation, you’ve made a substantial investment in your business. It represents not only yours and your family’s livelihood, but the livelihood of your employees and their families as well.
So it only makes good sense to protect your business from theft, fraud, and other liabilities. Unfortunately, most small businesses can’t afford to hire a full time security staff to patrol their business areas. The good news is that a well-planned and installed video surveillance system can help you not only protect your business, but also aid in running it and increasing efficiency. A good system can also make your workplace, employees, and customers feel safer.
The better news is that the system can be customized to give you exactly the information you need and to best secure your business. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want a system that simply deters theft and fraud by its simple presence, or do you want a system that can provide clear crisp video recording that can be used as evidence in case of theft and fraud?
- Do you want to actively monitor your surveillance, or again rely on recordings in case of an incident?
- Finally, do you also want your system to record the goings on in your plant or business to review safety procedures, efficiency, and your employee’s conduct?
Here at Max Communications Inc., we can help you devise the prefect video surveillance system for your business by considering these simple steps.
A video surveillance system performs two basic functions—viewing and recording.
The first step is to choose the cameras and video equipment you’ll need. You may still think of video surveillance as providing grainy, black, and white video. Fortunately, technology has greatly improved the quality of surveillance video which can now come in high definition.
That means your video can have a much greater ability to identify individuals through facial recognition or are sharp enough to pick up a license plate number. Today’s surveillance systems also have a greater ability to display a variety of viewpoints, including wide angles and narrow views, and can even pan a large area.
The size of the cameras is also important depending on whether you want them noticed, a deterrent, or inconspicuous.
You should also consider the wear and tear that the system might encounter. For example, a parking lot camera would need to be able to withstand the elements while a camera system in a restaurant kitchen would have to be able to withstand heat and even grease.
Once cameras are chosen, the next step is selecting where the video footage is going to be stored. Options include storing it on-site on a DVR or NVR, or storing it in the cloud.
Gone are the days when video cassettes had to be stored in their own area. Today’s digital systems provide for storage in your business computer system and can be monitored from a pc or laptop.
Next determine what you want your system to monitor. Are your main goals to deter theft and fraud, keep track of who comes and goes into your business or watch and monitor your employees?
This monitoring of employees can serve a dual purpose. While it can aid in monitoring your employees work habits and protect against fraudulent worker’s compensation injury claims, it can also allow you to review your business procedures. In a light industrial setting, this can especially help you improve efficiency and procedures. It can also help you address your staffing level needs.
A video surveillance system can also allow you to monitor equipment at your business, often giving you the first indication that a server or heavy machinery has shut down.
The final step is to choose your video surveillance system provider. We’re a little biased, but Max Communications Inc. can provide you with the insight and expertise to design the perfect system for your business at an affordable cost.
Today’s surveillance systems can do so much more for your business than simply make a thief think twice, and we can help you get the most from it.
In the market for surveillance system for your business? Give us a call at 856-825-6000 and we would love to answer all your questions.