Being a business owner or chief executive affords you with a lot more freedom and control than most jobs, however it also requires a greater level of responsibility over the safety and security of both your company premises and employees.
You need to be asking yourself if your business is as safe as it could or should be, as well as if you’re able to monitor what goes on when you aren’t there. This is when these 8 advantages of having CCTV cameras in your organisation become most prevalent:
Monitoring Employee Activity
Whether keeping your employees safe in isolated areas or making sure they don’t take advantage of your stock or supplies, CCTV cameras come in very useful in many kinds of business. They also help in managing employees’ activity during their shifts, as some members of staff may waste time or behave inappropriately when the manager or owner is not on the premises. By monitoring using CCTV, you can be sure that any situations such as this will be recorded, and can even be viewed remotely in real-time on some systems.
Providing Security to Parking Areas
Both external parking areas and internal garages can be very high-risk when it comes to safety and security. Accidents can occur between moving vehicles and pedestrians, criminals may break in to vandalise or steal cars and people outwith your business can park in reserved spaces without consent. In all of these situations, being able to monitor and record the activity in the area using CCTV camera systems is essential to both resolving and preventing future incidents.
Deterring and Identifying Criminals
CCTV video surveillance is most obviously associated with the recording of any criminal activity, allowing burglars or vandals to be better indentified, or at the very least providing evidence of each incident for reporting to the police or your insurance company. However, the presence of visible CCTV cameras in your business also plays a vital role in deterring potential criminals, making potential crimes less likely in the first place.
Watching Cash Handling and Transactions
Some employers may have concerns over activities related to cash handling and point-of-sale interactions by their employees. In this situation, having CCTV cameras monitoring each cash register, staff room and point-of-sale allows careful monitoring of whether transactions, discounts, money handling and customer service are being upheld to the correct standard for your business.
Screening Security Entrances
Some businesses have an appointment-only service or stock expensive and valuable products, which means that entrance to the building is often kept locked at all times through a security door. By installing CCTV cameras, this kind of entrance can be made more secure by allowing the business owner or manager to screen each person who requests entry, as well as making sure anyone trying to break in or damage the security door is recorded for reporting to the police.
Protecting High-risk Areas and Entrances
Loading bays, back doors and goods entrances are useful for employees leaving discreetly for breaks, delivering items into your premises and an essential escape route for potential fires or other emergencies. However, these entrances also open up the possibility of employees sneaking out when they should be working, as well as deliveries being mishandled or even criminals and trespassers breaking in or entering your premises. It helps then to have these high-risk entrances monitored using video surveillance from CCTV camera systems.
Some insurance providers will offer discounted premiums to companies with the right level of security measures in place, namely having CCTV cameras monitoring the premises. Having this video surveillance in place can not only save your business money by preventing damage or theft, but also by allowing better and cheaper insurance cover.
Keeping an Eye on After-hours Staff and Contractors
Many cleaning staff and contracted maintenance workers operate on business premises outwith normal opening hours. In this instance, it helps to have an effective CCTV video surveillance system in place to keep an eye on this unsupervised activity. Being able to use CCTV cameras to monitor after-hours activity is important for making sure the work being paid for is being carried out, as well as reporting any inappropriate or criminal behavior exhibited by the staff.
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