CCTV security systems are a great way to provide security for your home or office and a great way to make your property feel safe and secure. CCTV stands for ‘Closed Circuit Television’ meaning that the cameras capture footage but that this remains in your ‘circuit’ for surveillance purposes only. This then has many advantages for your business. For one it allows you to record any crime that should occur in the business. If someone were to break into your property and steal something then you would have footage of it and you could use it in order to help track those people down. You would simply provide this footage to the police and it would aid in their investigation. Better yet though, CCTV security systems will first and foremost deter people from entering your building or behaving criminally in the first place. If they see that there is a camera and that they could potentially be caught as a result, then they will normally think twice before perpetrating a crime.
There are other things your CCTV system does for you too. For instance it not only deters crime, but encourages ‘good behavior’ in general. If you have a good CCTV system in place and people know that they might be seen on camera then it can encourage customers and visitors to be polite and it can encourage your staff to work their best. You won’t use this as a big brother style surveillance system for your own staff – but the fact that the staff might be seen on playback means that they will generally attempt to provide a better service in order that any footage of them reflects well.
This can also prevent crimes from your own staff and this means for instance that they won’t lift from the tills and that they won’t steal time by relaxing on the job when they are ‘on the clock’. At the same time you can simply use your CCTV to monitor how your staff work when you aren’t around and this can help to illustrate where things need to be improved. CCTV can also answer questions and problems, and for instance if you have a dispute in the workplace between two members of staff, or if a customer tries to sue after tripping in your premises, then you can use CCTV to settle those matters and as evidence in that way too.
There are many types of CCTV and the precise CCTV system you use will greatly impact the use you get out of it. For instance an early distinction you must make is between analogue and digital CCTV. Here analogue means you record onto a VCR through a television and is comparatively very limited in terms of features (you can only record from one camera at a time for instance because a VCR can only handle one ‘channel’), whereas digital has many more bells and whistles and can be used alongside other security systems – but is slightly more complex and expensive to install.
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