As a business, it’s imperative that you protect your business assets. Surveillance is fundamentally important to keep you and your business safe and secure while deterring potential crime from happening. The inability to protect your business from crime or theft can be detrimental to the future success of your company.

One of the most cost-effective ways to secure your business from criminals and transgressors is with a closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance system. Modern security cameras are highly advanced, featuring technology that allows businesses to protect their assets and keep their employees safe. This increases accountability and prevents costly incidents (burglary, vandalism, fire, etc.) from occurring.

Businesses looking to explore CCTV systems may be intimidated by the wide range of choices available. To help you find the right CCTV surveillance system tailored to your business needs, here are some key things to know.

1. Know the space or environment that requires monitoring.

These days, most multi-camera monitored systems offer robust solutions that can enable them to operate both inside and out. Regardless, there are considerations that must be made to ensure your CCTV is operational in the interior of your business as well as its exterior.

You must consider the industry with which your business is associated with. Factory or transport environments will require CCTV systems that are reinforced to operate reliably in harsh conditions. Cameras in a factory environment, for example, may need to be augmented to operate in conditions with excess dust or heat.

If you’re installing an all-encompassing security system, be sure to choose a system that is durable and can withstand various conditions such as extreme weather and harsh environments.

2. What is the scale of your business and how quickly is it growing?

Knowing what size area you want to cover will help determine the best type of CCTV system for your demands. Certain cameras will work better in larger areas due to their ability to surveil a broad area. Some are even equipped with improved zooming capabilities.

How your business grows and at what pace will also determine the right CCTV system for your business. A growing business that doesn’t address scalability can incur additional costs as their current surveillance system may not be compatible with their new space or premises.

3. Audio quality is a must.

Integrating audio solutions to your CCTV system makes it possible for your business to increase the benefits of your surveillance system. An integrated audio solution equipped with an intercom system enables the concerned business to converse with potential criminals and perpetrators, preventing and deterring crime at the outset.

While captured camera footage is undoubtedly the most important element to determine if a crime has been committed within your premises, audio can also serve as criminal evidence against the perpetrators of the crime.

Audio can also be used as an independent detection trigger method in the event of suboptimal lighting conditions.

4. You can choose from a variety of monitoring options.

The classic CCTV setup of decades past may still be available today, but businesses are now afforded many other viable options. The current trends in CCTV systems today include security options that can respond to any situation when an alarm is triggered. This system can be connected to local law enforcement to protect your business at any time.

Another security option includes models that come with remote monitoring to provide instantaneous, real-time surveillance whenever you’re away, all through your business’s smartphone or mobile device. This gives businesses peace of mind that their premises are safe and secure no matter where they are.

There are even ultra-compact security solutions for when utmost discretion is required.

5. Cost is critical.

When it comes to commercial security solutions, you get what you pay for. While it’s important to keep a budget in mind, remember the purpose of installing a surveillance system. Trying to find a great bargain may cost your business more, in the long run, should it ever become a victim of crime.

When sourcing the right CCTV system for your business, don’t decide on your choice security system based on price alone. Other factors to consider should include installation fees, activation fees, ongoing maintenance and monitoring fees, installation costs, and other service fees.

Figuring out which CCTV system works best for your business

From fixed to pan/tilt/zoom cameras to infrared night vision and motion sensing solutions, there is sure to be a CCTV system that’s right for your business. Each camera and security solution is designed to survey particularly environments and perform specific functions.

With a little research, you can equip your business with the right type of camera to maximize the safety and security of your customers, employees, and assets.

Michael Dunne
Michael Dunne

Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.