Pros and cons of CCTV surveillance for your business

CCTV installation

Installing a comprehensive HD CCTV system is one of the best measures you can take to improve security and safety in your business.

Privacy concerns are at an all-time high, however, and with businesses often operating on a tight budget, you may be wary of installing surveillance cameras throughout your property.

This post will give you the pros and cons of CCTV installation Glasgow in the workplace, allowing you to make the right decision for your company.

Pros of CCTV installation

Stopping Crime Taking Place

You probably guessed this one. Having CCTV security in place will instantly reduce the chance of a person committing crime on your property.

Simply the sight of a camera glaring down from a property is enough of a deterrent to get people on their best behaviour.

CCTV offers the most effective deterrent against pre-planned crimes such as theft, trespassing, burglary, and property damage.

Whatever misdemeanours you’re seeing on your property, installing CCTV cameras is the best way to instantly reduce crime level in the area.

Gather Evidence

If you have a CCTV system in place for long enough, it is likely you will eventually capture video footage of a misdemeanour taking place.

In cases where a crime has been committed but there were no eyewitnesses, or the witness was unsure of a certain detail, this footage will be vital in ensuring the legal authorities have an accurate picture of how events transpired.

Footage can also be used in less serious situation to settle internal disputes or lay to rest arguments between your staff and customers.

The Data Protection Act states that images recorded on CCTV must be high quality and time-stamped which will not only make it easier to identify offenders but also means recordings are valid evidence in prosecutions.

At Central FS we use ground-breaking technology to track motion and record movement until a person has left the property, ensuring the best chance of a successful identification.

Increase Productivity

CCTV isn’t just about catching the bad guys. Installing surveillance cameras can actually have a tremendous effect on productivity in your workplace.

When employees are aware they are being monitored it has been shown that they will increase their production, and this may be an option to encourage your staff to stay focussed.

This may not be the ideal solution for every business as many employees feel less valued and stressed if they are under constant supervision and may produce lower quality work as a result.

Instead, you can choose to focus your surveillance system purely on areas susceptible to crime such as entrances and perimeters.

Protect your business

You have worked hard to build your business up and the last thing you want is for all that you’ve built to be torn down by a false claim.

Whilst all your employees are likely fully trustworthy and wouldn’t dream of trying to make a fraudulent insurance claim it is nice to be prepared should the unthinkable happen.

By ensuring you have crystal clear video of events you can safeguard yourself against false claims of personal injury or misconduct costing your company thousands.

Enhance health and Safety

Accidents happen in the workplace no matter how many precautions you put in place and capturing these incidents on CCTV can help optimise your health and safety protocol.

By reviewing high quality video of accidents which have occurred you can work out what went wrong and take steps to stop the same thing happening again.

Showing your employees CCTV footage of previous incidents where health and safety regulations were not followed appropriately can be one of the most effective training tools to promote best practice in the workplace.

Using real life examples has been found to be the best way to ensure that employees take their safety training seriously and the more people in your business who are following your carefully designed health and safety policy the less accidents will take place.

Cons

CCTV is currently far and away the best security system available to business owners.

However, nothing is perfect, and CCTV does have some downsides you should be aware of.

Cost

Installing a CCTV system can be expensive and disruptive in a busy workplace. If you fail to hire an expert from well-respected CCTV installer you might be overcharged, and you may need to pay for ongoing repair.

However, a CCTV system designed expertly round your needs will be much cheaper than hiring round the clock security staff.

A professional company like us at Central FS will make sure that your CCTV system is designed with your budget in mind from the start and will not spring any hidden fees upon you throughout the process.

Violent Crime

CCTV has been shown to be less effective at deterring people from committing violent crimes such as assault as these crimes tend to be committed on impulse and without prior thought.

Although CCTV may not prevent the crime taking place in these scenarios having a HD video recording system in place can help the police to identify offenders and help ensure that abuse victims have physical evidence to support them.

Privacy

There are some legal regulations you need to be aware of when installing a CCTV system to avoid breaching your employee’s privacy rights.

There are some areas in which it is illegal to install CCTV, including bathrooms, changing rooms, and other private areas, so you should be wary of self-installation and hire a professional security company to set up your system.

When installing a CCTV system with Central FS our experts will design a bespoke system based on your needs and use their years of experience to ensure no privacy rights are being infringed upon.

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