Video Surveillance and its Importance

On June 29, 2017 By admin

Having Video Surveillance at your place of business is a great layer of protection for your business, employees and merchandise. It can help protect your business in a number of ways. There is an added sense of security that you know things are being watched in places that you can’t personally be. In addition to having surveillance during business hours, your business is able to be watched if you are out of town, on vacation, or just away from the property during the nights. Videos can monitor the behavior and actions of your employees. This can help to keep them honest in all their dealings and with customers. Video feed can be used to watch actions from previous days if there is a complaint or incident that is in question. Loading Docks are typically not somewhere that a boss is frequenting during business hours. Having video surveillance in the loading docks is an excellent way to make sure that shipments are coming in and going out without problems. If any issues arise with shipments then having feed from those times in question are helpful if a lawsuit is filed, or if there are any questions about activities that happened on a certain day/night. Being able to monitor visitors or employees that enter and exit your business is a valuable way to control sensitive areas and only allow access to certain areas to certain individuals.

If your business is considering having Video Surveillance as a proactive means to protecting your business, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • You want to make sure you check with local laws in your area to make sure that you are able to have video surveillance at your business. You want to make absolute sure that you aren’t violating any regulations for your city or state.
  • If you decide to have video surveillance you will need to notify all your employees to let them know that there will be video cameras on site. Letting them know where all the cameras are located is also a good idea so they are aware of what areas are being recorded. Explaining that having the cameras in place are for their protection and not being used to violate personal business is also recommended so all employees are on the same page and understanding as to why the video surveillance is being added.
  • Cameras are not to be placed in places where personal privacy is expected. Cameras should NEVER be in bathrooms, dressing rooms, locker rooms, lounge areas or showers. Employees should be aware that these places are private and no video cameras will ever be placed in those areas.
  • In most states Video cameras are not allowed to record sound. This is considered wiretapping and is illegal in most states. Check with your state regulations to make sure that you are not violating any regulations if you want to include recording sound with your cameras.
  • Frequent checkups need to be done on all recording devices. Batteries, wires, connections and actual cameras should be checked often to make sure that the entire system is running and working properly. There is no sense in having a video surveillance system if parts aren’t working.

If you have any other questions or concerns about Video Surveillance and if it’s the correct fit for your business, trust in CalAtlantic to provide you with an unmatched security system. With over 25 years of service in delivering topnotch security solutions, you can’t go wrong with giving us a call today.

5 Ways Video Surveillance can protect your business

On June 22, 2017 By admin

Running your own business can sometimes be stressful. It is impossible to be at your place of business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So what do you do to help protect and monitor what goes on when you are not around? The answer is Video Surveillance. There are so many great benefits that can come from having video surveillance. CalAtlantic has a variety of different setups available. While you are making your decision, here are a few things to think about that video surveillance can do while you are considering if video surveillance is right for your place of business or not.

  1. Monitor Employee Conduct: If you knew that you were being recorded while at work, do you think you would behave differently? If you are unable to be at your business during all hours of operation, this is a great way to make sure that your employees are behaving themselves and acting appropriately. Just knowing that they are being recorded can have a positive outcome in the way that your employees behave and act while on the job. You could even have an instance where a customer might claim to have had issues with an employee, and having a recording of any altercations can help defend your employee, or take necessary actions if needed.
  2. Monitor Stock Rooms and Loading Docks: Stock rooms and loading docks are a perfect place for theft to happen. Having video surveillance in these areas can help to keep all employees, or delivery persons, honest and on task. These are also common areas for accidents to occur. If an employee comes to you with a work related injury, having video footage to back up or dismiss their claim can help tremendously in the long run. False claims can lead to unnecessary skyrocketing insurance premiums! Video footage of accidents or accident claims can be very beneficial for your business and helping to keep insurance premiums down. 
  3. Monitor Back Alleys, Rear Entrances and Parking Areas: These areas are hard to have someone monitor at all times. Paying for an actual security person can be expensive. You also have to deal with all the aspects that come along with a human employee. Occasionally they will be sick, have to eat, sleep, go on vacation etc.. With video surveillance you won’t have any of those issues. Video cameras are so easy to place on almost any surface. They are able to see angles and corners that are hard to physically monitor, and can monitor them 24/7.
  4. Monitor Cash Handling and POS Transactions: Along with monitoring your employees behavior and conduct, being able to watch cash register transactions can greatly benefit your business. Too often cash drawers can come up short, or merchandise can be missing with no explanation. Having video of any employees pocketing money, or slipping merchandise in their bags or to friends can help solve the problem of where it all disappears! It all goes back to the notion that if your employees know they are being monitored, hopefully they will be honest and not try anything sneaky to steal.
  5. Prevent Robberies and Catch Criminals: Who doesn’t love to watch videos of thwarted criminals? Having video surveillance set up to be able to catch criminals can help if you ever have to identify someone that taken advantage of you or your business. Plus, cameras can be a deterrent to would be criminals. If they see cameras they might not think it is worth it to attempt a criminal act, because they run the risk of being video taped.

These are just a few ways that having video surveillance can help to benefit and keep your business safe. Remember that your business and your employees are your responsibility. Having video surveillance is one of the best tools around to keep a watchful eye on all of it.

Benefits of Surveillance For Your Business

On June 15, 2017 By admin

As the saying goes, “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.” Whether or not you look to Noah as an example, Stephen King put it best when he remarked, “there’s no harm in hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.” We can hope all we want to live in a world where we can leave our doors unlocked, where everyone keeps their word, where morality is a constant virtue for everyone, but spending our days hoping isn’t going to prevent the rare occasions misfortune does happen. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why we think every business should invest in security, whether your business is made up of two or two million employees.

Violent Crime Is On The Rise

In the United States crime is starting to increase significantly around almost all of the large cities. According to the Major Cities Chiefs Association, which had gathered information from sixty-one metropolitan police agencies, United States cities saw 6,407 crime related homicides in 2016, an eleven percent increase from the year before. Time magazine cites criminologists as stating that it takes up to five years to understand if there really is a trend or if the rise within these last two years is just a blip in the data. It may be too early to tell if this is a sustained increase in crime, but it’s never too early to prepare for such an event.

Value of Stolen Property

According to the most recent crime report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were an estimated 327,374 robberies nationwide, which accounted for a three hundred and ninety million dollar loss (average dollar value per reported robbery was $1,190.) Property crimes, (which came in at about nine percent vehicle theft, twenty percent burglary, and seventy one percent latency-theft), resulted in losses that were estimated to result in a total fourteen point three billion dollars.

Just Because It’s Not Tangible Doesn’t Mean It Can’t Be Taken

Crime is not only affecting neighborhoods and businesses by looting what’s inside. It is also reaching new frontiers online and stealing intelligence property. According to the Ponemon Institute’s “2016 Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis”, which analyzed over three hundred and eighty organizations that experienced at least one breach in 2016, the average cost of a breach was four million dollars while hovering at seven million inside the United States.

What Can Security Do?

The Electronic Security Association’s “Home Safety Fast Facts” report that nine out of ten burglars said that if they encountered a home or business with a security system, they would not attack that location. To put it simply, there’s a reason why people use the phrase, “It’s like taking candy from a baby.” An immature or no security system is a recipe for disaster, and one of the biggest security myths is that it is far too expensive. Unless you plan on hiring a Navy SEAL team 24/7, there are so many types of security that there is a system tailored to every budget. We recommend that you look at the assets you’re trying to protect, and if you were a burglar, how would you go about stealing them? What and where are the loopholes? Take the time to plan how you will protect what is important to you, because if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.