Not so long ago, CCTV security systems were a reserve for banks and major retail stores. But now, they are everywhere – at restaurants, jewelry stores, warehouses, electronic stores, schools, and hospitals.
However, for a business owner, the aim isn't to install a CCTV system just because everyone is doing it. You do it to protect your business, employees, and clients or customers. For maximum effectiveness of your CCTV security systems, here are four important tips to consider.
Install Proper Lighting for Your CCTV Cameras
Before installing CCTV cameras, ensure the area under surveillance has sufficient lighting. This allows the camera to pick up crucial details like an intruder's facial features or skin complexion. Besides, without proper lighting, the cameras may not effectively protect your business at night.
Also, consider installing CCTV cameras with night-vision capabilities. These cameras use infrared LEDs to give clear images even in low-light conditions. As a result, your business will be well-protected, irrespective of the time of the day.
Consider VMS Integration
Integrating a video management system (VMS) into your CCTV security system is a no-brainer if you want consistent video footage monitoring. The average security guard can only consistently focus on video footage for about 20 minutes. A VMS alerts you when there is suspicious activity, which can help you prevent criminal activity.
Moreover, the VMS enables you to capture, record, view, store, retrieve, and analyze video footage, which can be used to improve business outcomes. For example, by recording the number of people entering your business premises, you can analyze that data to know the best time of day, month, or year for promotions.
Secure Your CCTV Security Systems from Hackers
If you're using camera systems connected to IoT (Internet of Things), you should be wary of the threat of hackers. With advancements in technology, hackers have become cleverer and can access your CCTV security systems for malicious intentions.
Luckily, you can do something about it. Consider changing default usernames and passwords to make it difficult for hackers to assess your system. Also, refrain from connecting your cameras to public or shared networks, as you don't know the intentions of other users. Finally, employ any other security feature your system might have.
Avoid Surveillance Legal Liabilities
While CCTV systems secure your business, it shouldn't be at the expense of your employees' or customers' privacy. Hence, when installing CCTV cameras, avoid areas where some privacy is needed, like bathrooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms.
Also, if you have to install cameras pointing at a neighboring residence or business, ensure the owners are aware and okay with it; otherwise, they can sue for infringing on their privacy. Overall, the laws for video and audio surveillance vary from state to state. Thus, it's advisable to work with professional CCTV installers as they know all the laws in your state.