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.

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