5 Ways your Business is Susceptible to Theft

On April 26, 2016 By admin

In the fast-paced and rapidly evolving world of business and trade, the potential for loss and theft only increases with each passing day, and the fact of the matter is, if you are not protecting your business with a comprehensive security surveillance system then your business will likely succumb to those threats over time.

Whether or not you realize it at first, no matter how big or small your business is, there will always be specific areas on the premises which are susceptible to theft and other criminal activity; from the stockroom, the returns area, and the break room, to the issue of time theft and productivity loss, there are many areas and scenarios which remain particularly vulnerable for businesses to protect and protect against without the use of a proper surveillance system.

So in an effort to help you understand just how much of an impact a surveillance system will have on the property, finances, and general well-being of your business, take a look at just 5 of the ways your business is susceptible to the many forms and types of theft, fraud, and loss.

  1. Fake or dishonest injury or insurance claims:
    Believe it or not, even small business can fall victim to the faking of accidents by professional criminals who scam businesses and insurance companies by making false ‘slip and fall’ or similar claims in order to cash in on a lawsuit. Such fraud can practically be eliminated with the proper installation and use of a surveillance system with CCTV cameras.
  2. Supply room theft:
    Areas of your business where you keep supplies, excess stock, and returns are particularly susceptible to theft as thieves will often target these specific spots because they know they are not as guarded as the merchandise out on the floor; help prevent against this type of theft with CCTV cameras as well!
  3. Vulnerable tools:
    While you may think specialty items are less likely to be stolen due to their tailored function for a specific job, with the abundance of online markets and pawning business, there is virtually nothing that a thief won’t steal from a business. That is why it is essential to protect all the property on the premises of your business, with a comprehensive surveillance system.
  4. Productivity Loss:
    Compared to the more traditional forms of theft and fraud, the loss of productivity (or time theft) actually equates to more dollars lost for businesses year-round, and given that unproductive employees translates to a decrease in sales and overall business efficiency, it only makes sense to have a way of dealing with this issue through the use of a security surveillance system.
  5. Crimes against customers:
    It is essential for every business to remain vigilant in their responsibility to the customer, as they too are vulnerable to crimes when they are in your establishment. By equipping your business with a comprehensive surveillance system that records all activity, criminal and otherwise, then you are more likely to retain the trust and loyalty of your customers!

While these are only a handful of the ways in which your business is vulnerable to theft and fraud, there is a multitude of additional ways that a security surveillance system provided by CalAtlantic can help protect everything and everyone in your business! So now that you are aware of some of the benefits of having a surveillance system installed in your business, consider how CalAtlantic can make it happen!

Maintain Your Surveillance Systems For Maximum Security

On April 5, 2016 By admin

A trusty surveillance system is one of the best tools you can have to protect your business, so keeping it at its prime is a must in order to keep you safe and sound. You can see from news how surveillance systems play a crucial part in maintaining security, and solving crimes so truly, surveillance systems are very important for your business.

An ill-maintained surveillance system can cause so much trouble in times when you need the recordings most. For example, your office just got infiltrated and you lost something important. With a surveillance system installed, you are confident that you can solve this mystery case in an instant but you are surprised with a camera that has not been recording for quite some time now. You would not want this to happen so surveillance system maintenance should be taken very seriously. You want to keep your business safe not only for quite some time after installation but every time thereafter so keep your surveillance systems in their primes.

What To Check On Your Surveillance Systems

The key part of a surveillance system is the camera. It must be considered a priority when choosing a surveillance system, and of course, in maintenance plans as well. To keep the cameras working in top shape, check the following:

  1. Clarity of Image Captured

Check if the image captured by the camera is clear enough to recognize important details such as the faces of people. Make sure that it is focused enough to capture both near and far objects.

Cleaning the lens may be a good idea.

  1. Camera’s Direction

Is your camera still facing the area you want it to face? Maybe it has been pushed to look elsewhere so ensure that it can still provide security for the areas you want to guard.

Repositioning your cameras to where you want to focus on.

  1. Video Storage

Storage allows you to check previous recordings. Live feeds are okay but in order to check what happened, for example, before a fire started or before your vault had been seen opened, then recordings of earlier time is needed.

First of all, make sure that your cameras are recording and the recordings are stored. This is the most important thing.

If you still have analog cameras, ensure that the memory cards offer quite a decent size as to see events for a considerable amount of time. Also make sure that the overwriting function still works. And most of all, ensure that the memory card is installed. Memory cards can be stolen to prevent being caught. Also ensure that the camera is storing recordings in playable video format. Copy the content and then free up the memory card. You may also want to replace the card after some time.

If you are using DVR then make sure that it is connected to your cameras and that you can play the video recordings.

If you are using IP cameras then ensure that your cameras have internet connection (whether wired or wireless) and ensure that your digital space is enough to store new recordings.

  1. Environment

Your cameras may be working perfectly but the environment where it is installed may be providing hindrances to its view. Check that the camera is not blocked and that there is ample lighting (especially for cameras without night view features).

Professional Maintenance by CalAtlantic

For a thorough maintenance of your video surveillance systems, you may want to seek professional help from experienced security providers such as CalAtlantic. We will make sure that your surveillance systems are working perfectly and that they will be able to perform at their maximum.

For more information on surveillance system maintenance, call CalAtlantic and we will help you be protected and stay that way.

Considering Surveillance for your Business

On April 4, 2016 By admin

No matter which market your company is in, the issue of business security is always a major concern, and as such, it is important to address all of the potential security threats currently facing businesses with capable and efficient security-related solutions.

Moreover, as a business owner or someone who is in charge of running a company, you have likely asked yourself if a security surveillance system would be a wise choice in terms of providing the very solutions which will allow you to protect your business and the loyal customers and employees who help make it thrive.

The proper use of security surveillance can increase the safety and security of any location for 24 hours a day, providing you the peace of mind you might not have otherwise had without such comprehensive security solutions.

So if you are not already, below are 5 of the reasons why you should consider investing in the protection you and your business deserved with security surveillance!

  1. Reduction in theft, both external and internal.
    1. Protect your company property from the multitude of threats which surround your business 24/7, from employee theft and time fraud, to the stealing of intellectual property and misuse of company supplies and machines.
    2. Comprehensive security surveillance system will help deter theft, as well as be a valuable resource should any theft occur at your business (i.e, by providing video record).
  2. Increase the efficiency of your company’s day-to-day operations with security surveillance.
    1. Video surveillance for example, gives you the opportunity to supervise your employees and gain insight into how your company operates like never before!
    2. Security surveillance helps in improving your general business operations by allowing you to see what needs specific attention, such as retraining certain staff members, or cutting down on unnecessary personnel, or overstaffing.
  3. Heighten productivity and increase your profit margins with security surveillance
    1. Help boost the productivity of your workers through the presence of video surveillance alone, as employees are likely to waste less time if they know they are under electronic supervision.
    2. Amplify your profits with the proper use of video analytics by understanding the patterns of your everyday successes and failures on a micro level.
  4. Decrease the likelihood of incidents of sexual harassment from taking place through the use of a security surveillance system.
    1. Perpetrators of sexual harassment are less likely to act on such behavior in the workplace if there is a known presence of security measures in the vicinity.
    2. Similarly, the victims of sexual harassment are much more likely to come forward if they know they will be electronic evidence corroborating the assault.
  5. Promote and protect the safety of you and your employees with security surveillance.
    1. From incidents of violence and abuse in the workplace, to work-related accidents resulting in devastating lawsuits that could have been prevented, there are a variety of reasons why having your business equipped with video surveillance is one of the smartest investments you can make for your company.


Video Surveillance for Employee Safety Protection

On April 1, 2016 By admin

As a business owner, one of your top priorities should always be protecting the safety and well being of your employees while they are working for you. Believe it or not, there are a variety of potential safety lapses and breaks in security that could happen at your business and endanger your employees. Therefore, it is essential for you to equip your business with a comprehensive surveillance security unit in order to meet all of these challenges head on.

Related: Beef Up Workplace Safety and Security with CalAtlantic Inspection Services

Whether it is from criminal activity, unsafe working practices, or even natural disasters, your business faces its fair share of dangerous threats and situations.

One of the most effective ways of dealing with all of these potential safety hazards, as well as issues related to loss prevention, is through the use of a video surveillance security system.

The surveillance security provided by surveillance cameras is ideal when it comes to protecting not just your employees, but your customers, business, and property as well. Take for example, how a video surveillance security unit with cameras installed around the parking lots can instantly increase the safety of your employees after hours as they walk to their cars. Not only will the presence of cameras alone help deter potential crime, but they also make it possible for security or management personnel to watch employees as they leave for the evening.

Many business owners and managers also find that the stored video footage from their surveillance system acts as a helpful training tool with training new employees; similarly, the stored video footage from a surveillance security system is very useful in terms of both deterring and investigating employee theft.

Additionally, there are several other direct benefits associated with having a surveillance security system installed in your business and some of these advantages include the following:

  • Reduction in potential lawsuit trouble (limits the liability of the business owner if all rules are being complied with and there is visual evidence)
  • Increase in safety adherence (employees more likely to follow all the rules if they know they are being watched)
  • Increases overall feelings of safety for everyone
  • Helps to correct unsafe working practices and habits through the use of video analysis
  • Deterring of harassment (employees will not hesitate to report harassment if they know that there is visual evidence to back them up)
  • Ability to supervise without being directly at location

When it comes to maintaining a safe and a secure working environment and atmosphere for your company and your employees, it is absolutely essential to invest in a video surveillance security system that can protect your business from all angles. So do you and your business the favor of finding the right surveillance security unit today!