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Tips When Choosing A CCTV System For Your Small Business

Feb 22, 2023

The cost of a break-in or theft can be devastating for any business. A security system designed specifically to suit your business needs is an asset that is vital to your ongoing success and one of the most effective ways to deter any would-be thief.  The proper placement of security cameras is crucial to ensure that they are effective in deterring criminals or opportunists and capturing evidence if a crime occurs. 

At Castle Security, we are specialists in security systems and access control in Perth and in this article we’ll take a look at some useful tips for small businesses to consider when choosing the right CCTV to keep their enterprise safe and secure. 

As CCTV specialists, we understand the nuances around camera placement and the areas that you will likely need to cover.  

8 Useful Tips For The Small Business Owner To Consider

 

1. Identify The Threats Particular To Your Business

Begin by identifying the threats that are specific to your business.  Is it break-ins with resulting damage, theft, shoplifting, staff control or security breaches that are most relevant to your security concerns? 

2. Identify The Areas That Need Coverage:

Establish which areas require the most coverage and to what level of detail. Depending on your business, these may include: 

  • Your checkout or cash registers  
  • Storage rooms or warehouse 
  • Entry and exit points  
  • Parking lots and other high-traffic areas  

Once you have determined the high-risk areas, you can determine the number of cameras you will need, and what type of camera you need for specific areas. For example, you may require indoor or outdoor cameras, as well as night-time capabilities. 

3. Where To Place Your CCTV Cameras

Where and how to place CCTV cameras is really important and there are several factors to take into consideration.  

First, make sure that all entry and exit points are covered by security cameras. This includes the main entrance and any side or back doors.  Cameras placed at entry and exit points should be positioned to capture clear images of faces, and they should be high enough to prevent tampering or vandalism.  

Coverage: The coverage area of your camera is the area that the camera can effectively monitor. When placing your cameras, you want to make sure that each camera covers a specific area and that there are no blind spots in the coverage. 

Viewing Angle: Ensure your cameras have a wide enough viewing angle to capture the entire area that you want to monitor. 

Lighting: Lighting conditions can greatly affect the quality of the footage captured by your cameras. It’s important to place cameras in areas with enough light to ensure clear footage, but not too much light that it creates glare. 

Night-time vision: These are typically outdoor cameras and may need wider coverage to capture as much information as possible. 

Camera Height: The height of your camera can greatly impact the coverage area and quality of the footage. Placing cameras high enough to provide a clear view, but not too high that they can be easily tampered with, is crucial.

Monitor high-traffic areas: Cameras should be placed in areas where customers and employees congregate, such as near cash registers or in waiting areas. These cameras should be positioned to capture clear images of faces and to monitor any suspicious activity. 

Monitor storage areas: Storage areas can be a prime target for theft both within your company and from outside intruders, so it is important to monitor them closely. Cameras should be placed at strategic angles to capture any suspicious activity, such as individuals loitering or taking items out of storage. 

Back up Power Supply:  Investing in a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) system, or battery back up is an easy way of ensuring your security system is operational even in the event of a blackout, or if a would-be thief was able to disconnect your power supply. 

Installation of a MeterBoxLock is also something to consider, denying intruders the ability to gain access to disconnect your power source to any security system you have taken the time to have installed. 

4. Indoor Cameras Or Outdoor Cameras?

Both can help deter crime and capture evidence of any suspicious activity inside your premises or in exterior areas. 

Outdoor cameras have different attributes and should be weatherproof, with night-time vision and be positioned to capture clear images of vehicles and people. Reduce false alarms with Hanwha cameras featuring deep learning Artificial Intelligence. The new indoor/outdoor cameras are equipped with a host of innovative, practical features, including Focus Save Function, that ensures the cameras are able to rapidly focus when moved to a specific position. 

Consider the lighting for indoor cameras: Proper lighting is important for effective camera placement, however, these days, for example, Hikvision ColorVu Cameras have the ability to capture details in lower lit areas with advanced lenses and high-performance sensors. Together with a supplemental light for extremely dark scenarios. 

5. Privacy Laws

Be aware of and consider privacy laws when placing security cameras, they cannot be placed in any area where individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as restrooms or changing rooms. 

In Western Australia, it is generally legal to record people on CCTV without their permission, as long as the cameras are used for a lawful purpose, such as security or public safety. However, there are some restrictions and guidelines that must be followed. 

The Office of the Information Commissioner in Western Australia provides guidance on the use of CCTV for surveillance. According to their guidelines, CCTV systems must be used for a lawful purpose, such as public safety or property protection, and must not be used to monitor private areas such as toilets or change rooms. In addition, signs must be displayed at the entrance of the premises to alert people that CCTV is in use. 

It’s also important to ensure that the footage is used and stored appropriately. The footage should only be used for the purpose for which it was collected and should not be disclosed to unauthorised persons. Additionally, the footage should be stored securely and deleted after a reasonable period, usually between 30 and 90 days, unless it is required for an ongoing investigation or legal proceedings. 

Overall, it’s important to follow the guidelines and ensure that the use of CCTV is for a lawful purpose, and that people’s privacy is respected. 

6. Monitoring camera footage

Regular monitoring of your footage captured by your security cameras allows you to quickly identify any suspicious activity and take appropriate action to hopefully prevent an occurrence.  Trolling through hours and hours of footage can be a real time waster, with a move to the Cloud, you have many more features, allowing you more precise management of your security system.  

The Cloud 

Once you have decided on what your security needs are, one of the most effective ways to secure your business CCTV system is within the cloud. Cloud-based CCTV storage allows business owners to keep an eye on their business property from wherever they are and comes with a range of benefits that will save you money, time and effort. 

7. Benefits Of Backing Up To A Cloud CCTV System

CCTV Cameras are connected back to a cloud device, which then pushes the recorded event into the cloud. 

  –  Cannot be stolen from the premises or damaged by thieves. 

   – Can easily be viewed instantly, remotely by multiple smart devices or web applications.  

  –  Cloud-based CCTV technology is accessible and beneficial for all types of businesses and is a viable way to centralize, secure and streamline commercial CCTV camera systems 

  – Receive instant alerts when a critical event occurs, with the help of Artificial Intelligence. 

  –  Multi System Integration allows you to view CCTV footage, monitor Access Control and check property alarms all within the same easy to use application. 

   –  Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning is now built into some of our cloud CCTV systems, and only critical events get stored and alerted, saving time, and money and making sure action can be taken when required. 

   –  Reduced Costs – Storing your footage on the cloud eliminates the need for both large servers and expensive software. 

8. Consult The Professionals

Now you may have an overall idea of what you think you need, but it can still be confusing. when it comes to making the final decision on how to choose the best system for your business.  Project planning is overwhelming if it is not your field of expertise.  Before you can truly wrap your head around the scope of your project, you will also need to know it’s feasibility and whether it is affordable for you, and whether the system can grow as your company grows. 

It is important to understand your capacity and limits when it comes to those services. That is where a security company like Castle Security can save you time and money. 

Creating a partnership between you and a trustworthy consulting company like Castle Security during the initial stages of project planning just makes financial sense and will pay off in the long run. 

As experts in Perth Security Systems, Castle Security is confident in its work and always looking to build new relationships, with the view to giving you the very best, tailor-made system to support your growing business, moving into the future. Contact us to get started in custom designing the right solution for you.  

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