cctv for businesses

A guide to CCTV for businesses

What are the key options and benefits when it comes to installing security cameras in your workplace? Here’s a guide…

What are the main options…

The main options for security cameras for businesses are:

Standard Closed Circuit TV Systems These come in a range of choices (see below) and involve one or more cameras recording live images sent directly to a recorder and monitor through cabling or wirelessly. Different set-ups can be tailored to individual businesses depending on size and need. 

Stand-alone CCTV systems are designed to be used in remote locations that have no access to power supplies. They can be used inside or outside. Images can be recorded onto a memory card or sent to your PC or mobile device.

Types of camera:

What are the main pros and cons for installing CCTV in your workplace?

Pros

  • It can reduce workplace theft Whether the issues is break ins from intruders or theft within the workplace, this is often a main reason for installing CCTV.
  • Evidence. Recordings of incidents can provide valuable evidence in a court of law.
  • Reduced insurance costs. Many insurance companies take the use of Closed Circuit TV into consideration when setting their rates.
  • Instant alerts. Many cameras are activated by sound or motion and send instant phone alerts to whoever is monitoring your system.
  • It can help workers to feel secure Having video surveillance systems installed at the entrance of your business is a great way to log the faces of each individual that enters and also can help workers to feel safe. This is particularly helpful for staff who work unusual hours or night shifts.
  • It can reduce instances of harassment, bullying or violence. Being aware of CCTV cameras has been shown to help reduce violence (customer to worker or between employees) and to reduce instances of workplace harassment.
  • Increased productivity. Studies have shown that when using security cameras alongside other monitoring techniques, employees can be known to work harder, but only if they’re aware of the additional monitoring (see the privacy issues below) and if there is some sort of incentive to work harder.
  • Training. A clever way to use CCTV footage can be to record employees carrying out tasks and using the footage to help new employees learn their new role.

Cons

  • Cost Installing the necessary wiring and installation of professional surveillance cameras requires a professional installer. In addition you will need to include costs of storage, regular maintenance and monitoring, also ensuring data protection regulations are complied with.
  • False sense of security. CCTV cameras can be a deterrent, but they cannot stop crime. Criminals whether inside or outside the workforce can often get around the cameras in one way or another. It is important to have other security measures in place, such as a good alarm system as part of your overall security.
  • Increase in worker stress and lower morale. If workers feel they are not trusted and are being monitored to meet deadlines which are challenging, this can result in lower morale 
  • They can be intrusive of individuals privacy. For this reason, under the GDPR regulations, you are asked to think carefully about whether CCTV is the best solution to the issue you are seeking to address. For example, if you have experienced thefts, would better lighting or an alarm system be a better option?

Data protection: Key points to consider

Employers are entitled to install CCTV in their workplaces, but under data protection regulations you also need to tell employees what you are recording, why and respect their privacy rights:

If you would like more information, particularly about which system is right and what other security measures could be used in addition, or instead, our customer service team are happy  to advise you on which system is best suited to you. Call us on 01726 65636 or email security@waldons.co.uk


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