Every 12 seconds in the United States, on average, there is a burglary. Burglaries in the U.S. lead to over $3.4 billion in property and personal loss annually, according to crime statistics from the FBI.
The best deterrent for burglary is equipping your business with a security system, which can range in cost and performance based on the size of your facility and surveillance needs. Not only can a professionally installed security system help deter crime, but electronic surveillance can also help reduce insurance costs — many insurance providers offer discounted rates when you buy security cameras for your store or office.
With modern security products, you have access to remote video surveillance monitoring, wireless integration for instant remote notifications, and even access control to areas that need an extra layer of security.
According to the statistics compiled by the FBI, 60% of commercial burglary attempts happen after hours when employees aren’t at work. But state-of-the-art security systems never take time off, and the latest and greatest 4K cameras deliver crystal-clear images of unwanted intruders for business owners to supply to law enforcement. Over are the days of grainy footage and inadmissible video evidence; with an HD security system, the cameras truly don’t lie.
Learn more about the staggering difference between modern 4K security cameras and lower resolution cameras by reading What to look for when buying a 4K security camera.
If you’ve gotten this far, you know you need a surveillance system. While trained experts at Camera Security Now can help assist you with camera selection, installation and placement, and understanding your system, let’s delve further into the simple benefits of owning a security camera at your place of business.
Simple Integration and Monitoring
You could spend your entire security budget on the most expensive, state-of-the-art surveillance system that money can buy, but it won’t do its job effectively if it isn’t easy for business owners and managers to operate.
Because security systems usually don’t come ready to use out of the box, it’s important to take the time to work with an experienced security integrator and installer who will help you learn and understand how to operate your security system in a way that can best benefit your company.
According to a report recently released by a specialty insurer, 80 percent of theft incidents occur at organizations with fewer than 100 employees, and more than half of those had fewer than 25 on staff. Fifty-eight percent of the cases surveyed in the same report recovered none of their losses.
“Smaller companies just don’t have the resources to have robust internal controls,” said Doug Karpp, senior vice president and national underwriting leader, crime and fidelity, at Hiscox.“They run lean. Losses tend to be more devastating to them.”
The long and short of it is: smaller businesses lose more on theft due to inefficient security and ineffective insurance claims. But the good news is, better security systems are becoming much more affordable to small to medium business owners.
A properly placed security camera not only deters potential thieves from breaking into your business but also provides crystal clear evidence of the incident that is admissible in court.
Because 60.5% of burglaries are forcible entry, it’s important to have security cameras placed in every potential place of entry, which is often easier said than done.
Conspicuously placed security cameras can not only help deter these types of entry but also help cut down on vandalism. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a single act of vandalism costs an average of $3,370.
Improved Productivity and Safety
While it’s obvious to have security cameras placed in areas where employee theft is possible, internal security monitoring also has additional benefits. Not only will your employees feel safer with surveillance in all of the entrances, exits, and parking lots; further internal security can also improve productivity.
You can’t watch everyone, all the time. But with a watchful eye in the sky, you can monitor whether employees are working their full shifts or spending time goofing off. Employee monitoring is not just for recording possible incidents of theft anymore.
Are you overstaffed or understaffed? With the right security cameras, you can find out exactly what your employees are doing throughout the day and if any actions need to be taken in order to boost efficiency and productivity. Modern security systems even have employee monitoring software that can deliver notifications if your employees aren’t in the right work area, or if other problems occur.
Although internal cameras are useful to boost productivity and amplify feelings of safety at the workplace, you need to be careful not to breach anyone’s privacy. If you’re using your cameras to track employee movement, it’s important to explain that cameras are for their safety. Otherwise, you could risk losing employee trust and comfort in the workplace.
Is your business growing? When you choose the right security camera provider and installer, you’ll always have the opportunity to expand your system. But if you try to install a system yourself, when you go to expand you’ll be guessing which security cameras are compatible with your NVR, not to mention with each other.
When you choose a quality provider, adding and integrating additional security cameras onto your already established network is cost-effective and simple.
On the other hand, if your company chooses to research, purchase, and install a system without the advice of a trained professional, you could end up with a system that is either expensive to upgrade or unable to upscale. Without proper security training and knowledge of the latest products, you’re at risk of initial oversight that could end up making future expansion more costly and more difficult.
Are you on the fence about which security camera system to buy? Contact CameraSecurityNow.com today for a free consultation.
Security Camera Advice and Installation with Camera Security Now
Are you looking for security camera advice? Johnny can give you a free security consultation for your location. Even if you’re not sure what you need, our security technicians will walk you through what it takes to secure your business. No matter what kind of facility in which you’re requesting surveillance support, Johnny can assist you with all of your security needs! If you have any questions about how thermal cameras work, what you need for your facility, or the purchasing and installation process, contact Johnny today at 800-440-1662 ext. 360 or fill out a fast, easy online quote form.
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