Whether you run a local corner shop or work from an office complex employing hundreds of staff, security is of paramount importance. Thankfully, due to the advancements in technology in recent years, ensuring the commercial security of your business is more sophisticated and accessible than ever.
Here are some things that you can do to improve the security of your business using technology. Hopefully they will help to rid your mind of any doubts of the importance of security, particularly CCTV, on your premises.
1. CCTV Cameras Are The Perfect Deterrent
The sight of a CCTV camera or even a blinding yellow sticker alerting people to the fact that cameras are operational is enough to scare off most burglars who want to break in. If someone intends on committing a crime, they obviously don’t want to get caught, and the prospect of having their every move recorded is bound to make them think twice. There are a number of companies that specialise in an array of CCTV installation packages so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to get your system up and running in no time at all.
2. CCTV Is A Useful Piece Of Evidence
In the unfortunate event that some form of criminal damage or theft takes place on your premises, CCTV is an extremely useful form of evidence. You’ll be able to record the incident and assuming the perpetrator is caught, you have the ability to prove in court that they did indeed commit the crime. CCTV can be used to quickly identify people (assuming their face isn’t covered), so if your business has been a victim of theft, it could just be that the individual has a record with the police, and it will make things much easier to reclaim your goods and bring the criminal to justice.
3. Alarm Systems Alert People To Crimes
Alarm systems are a must, especially if you own a small shop or restaurant that is left unattended overnight. Should someone decide to break in during the early hours, a piercing alarm will start sounding until someone comes to deactivate it. Local residents will hear the alarm and it won’t be long before they call the police or come to see what is happening for themselves, meaning that most criminals will run away extremely quickly once they start hearing the alarm ring.
For larger businesses with a bit more financial manoeuvrability there is the option to purchase a “monitored alarm.” This means that a company will remotely monitor your premises 24/7 and should the alarm ring, they’ll notify the appropriate emergency service. Therefore, should the alarm go off for whatever reason, you know that someone is on their way to inspect what the problem is.
4. You Can Monitor Your Premises Remotely
Gone are the days when CCTV cameras had to be hooked up to a screen in a back room. Through the latest advancements in technology you can now monitor your business premises from anywhere in the world. If you’re on holiday and have left your employees in charge of the shop, you’ll be able to keep your eyes open for any unwanted behavior that can have a negative effect on efficiency and productivity. As a result, you are never out of touch with your business and can continue to ensure that your staff work in harmony.
5. CCTV Helps To Ensure The Safety Of Staff
Your employees are important, and particularly in customer facing environments, their health and safety should be a number one priority. CCTV can protect staff against violence from customers and also defend them against false accusations that are made against them by colleagues or even a customer. Ultimately, you don’t want to have to waste your time investigating such matters and CCTV can provide you with an answer just by clicking the rewind button.
It is abundantly clear that CCTV and other security measures can have an extremely positive effect on your business; not only from a crime perspective but also a managerial one.