One of the most vital parts of owning a business is protecting your goods and property. No matter if it’s a case of a workplace accident or theft, a commercial video surveillance system can be invaluable. In the past, businesses would often skip installing a surveillance system due to the associated costs. However, as technology continues to progress, the cost of these systems is no longer an obstacle. If you are looking to install a surveillance system in your business, follow these three tips to ensure you get the most protection possible.
Ensure Proper Camera Placement
Video surveillance is of no use if the cameras aren’t located in the right places. For a system to be effective, make sure your cameras are in all relevant areas and have the best possible view of the space.
Areas in which cameras are recommended include:
- Entrances and exits
- Work areas
- Storage rooms
- Areas where monetary transactions take place
- Break rooms
- Loading docks
It’s important to remember to avoid installing cameras in areas that violate privacy laws, such as restrooms, dressing rooms, and more. You should also ensure that you are up-to-date on your state’s laws surrounding business video surveillance to maintain compliance.
Invest in Professional Installation
Though there are many DIY security solutions on the market, when it comes to your business, a professional installation is always recommended. Partnering with a security system company can provide you with a peace of mind not often found in DIY installations. A security professional can help you determine the best possible placement of cameras to minimize blind spots and provide information on best practices regarding things like video data retention.
Furthermore, a security system company can continue providing support after installation. This means that if you have any questions, concerns, or technical issues during the life of your system, the company will likely be able to help.
Store All Data in a Secure Location
Not only does your surveillance footage contain potentially sensitive information about your company, employees, and customers, but it could also serve as evidence should a crime be permitted. Because of this, it’s important to ensure that your system and the footage it records are secure at all times. The system itself should have protected login information while the footage should be retained for a standard amount of time before being deleted.
If an incident occurs on camera, the relevant footage must be saved as soon as possible with backup copies made if possible. This can be invaluable to your business should you need to provide the footage as evidence to law enforcement or the court.
Trust APC With the Protection of Your Assets Today
From video surveillance to commercial fire alarm systems, you can count on APC to help you protect what matters most. Our team will help you design and install a system that works best for your unique needs. Contact us at 419-531-3400 or by email at APC@APCAmerica.com for more information.