Within any industry, particularly in any place of retail and leisure, the first measure of security is a Closed Circuit Television, better known as CCTV system. The main reason for this measurement of security is to protect yourself and your premises against any potential crimes and criminals.
Capturing footage via security cameras can be used to solve serious issues such as theft, damage, and internal/external disputes that may happen on your grounds.
Having a CCTV network set up as opposed to not will most likely protect and save you from financial loss, it will also cover you on legal matters, in possible situations as aforementioned that could arise.
For a place such as a leisure center that may have a swimming pool on the premises, a CCTV security system can be used to recall safety incidents which can in turn hopefully rectify future situations.
Bigger companies may have a security room where security officers watch live transmission as part of their job, and can, therefore, stop an act of crime from occurring in real time. As well as that staff and members of the public can be alerted to the incident where and when necessary. Once setup, you can have full access to maintain the system and fulfill capabilities overseeing all aspects of what is being transmitted to the camera.
It is always recommended that you learn as much about your preferred system as possible from a user standpoint so that you are in full control and can overcome any issues that may arise with it.
What I mean by this is that having a CCTV system is one thing, but using it to its advantages are another thing.
Often using a CCTV system to its fullest potential can be down to you, for example, the placing of the cameras and the maintenance of the images and audio. You don’t ever want to be in the position where your system has let you down due to human error fault.
Using your ideas and thoughts mix human strategy with CCTV technology to prepare for your best results to combat crime and any other issues that could potentially arise.
CCTV uses one or more cameras to transmit video and audio, depending on the setup, to a monitor or video/disk recorder where images are saved.
CCTV systems can be used wireless or with a wired setup to transmit what is caught on a daily basis. Portable devices such as iPad’s and mobile phones can also now be used in compliance with a CCTV system taking security, surveillance, and monitoring to a whole new level.
Furthermore, in contemporary time your CCTV images can be used in conjunction with social media to resolve an issue. For example, if customers have eaten at a restaurant and left without paying, CCTV footage can capture the customer, and the customer can be tracked down for performing such an act.
Even more so, CCTV footage is often now shared on social networking sites such as Facebook to make the public aware of this deviant act and therefore can ask for help resolving such a matter.
As with everything else, the more you spend on a product, the more likely it is to be of a higher quality, and this is no different with a CCTV system. However, smaller businesses and family businesses may run on a smaller budget, so when it comes to choosing the right CCTV system, it may not be wise to install top priced CCTV systems.
To combat this, some CCTV systems are on the market at a competitive price and are suitable for a smaller business where having the top setup is not necessarily a necessity.
Though, it isn’t always recommended to buy the cheapest system you can find; it is always best to research and look into what system will suit you best and get the best value for money possible.
In the retail and leisure industries, it is always best to install a CCTV device that will last and not let you down, so always ensure to purchase wisely! However, on the higher end of the scale, you can go as high as you like or need to.
But remember, as important as it is having a system set up, is it equally as important to make sure you use it correctly and to its fullest capabilities.
As briefly mentioned, a CCTV system can entail the use of devices such as iPad’s and mobile phones. With Wi-Fi and access to a computer system, 24/7 access is possible to your transmission no matter where you. This can be particularly useful to survey and night watch.
If a disturbance happens to be reported, you can quickly gain access to your images and act on any possible threat. Even more helpful is the fact that you can see the interior and exterior grounds of your site depending on how you have set up your system.
This is useful to catching images that happen outside of your place of business that may relate to an event that has occurred on the inside, to ensure this use common sense when putting up cameras. For example, it is advised not to put up cameras where they could have a possible block to their view.
Criminals try to evolve in modern times, but they will always be outgunned by ever growing security technology, giving another example as to why a good CCTV system set up will make you feel more assured about security measurements with regards to your place of business, work, leisure, or home.
A financial return on your investment with regards to the setup of a CCTV system differs because it depends on how much is spent on the system. If it is used strictly for protection against things such as theft, it is also hard to say because you obviously don’t know when a crime may occur.
However relating to exactly what was just said about not knowing, having a system in place will have you ready for when something does occur.
A return on your investment with regards to safety, reassurance, and peace of mind is instant, and the correct system for your needs installed in the right way will be your first line of defence and combat crime for the new era leaving you happy and assured you made the right step by investing in a CCTV network.
Article by Simon Parker