As the cost of commercial security cameras and video equipment drops, more and more businesses are turning to surveillance systems as a resource for keeping commercial properties safer, deterring theft, and catching criminals in the act.
In addition, vast improvements have been made to the tech inside commercial surveillance cameras. Most cameras on the market today provide high definition picture quality and offer far more versatility in terms of accessing and storing the video collected.
However, despite these advances, there are still some basic problems with commercial video and issues that might prevent a business owner or retail store owner from investing in this beneficial technology.
Don’t Try to Fix a Problem that Isn’t There
Purchasing video surveillance equipment is an investment for any commercial business owner. You have to have a good handle on your store or warehouse inventory to know if shrinkage is a problem. For businesses that experience consistent shrinkage, like many retail stops, video surveillance can be a very fruitful investment.
If your business has never had a problem with shrinkage, commercial video equipment will have less of a return on that investment. While cameras are a good way to deter criminals, they may or may not be the answer for your particular business.
A Few of the Leading Problems with Commercial Video Equipment:
1. Overall Expense of Video Equipment
Despite falling prices, installing an effective commercial video system still usually costs a thousand dollars, depending on the requirements of your building. The more cameras needed to provide adequate coverage, the higher the overall price of the system will end up being.
2. Cost of 3rd Party Video Monitoring
While it’s great to be able to keep tabs on your business with smart video options, this isn’t always an option, and you can’t be available all the time. For those managing multiple locations or living a busy lifestyle, 3rd party video monitoring is a fantastic solution, but this adds additional monthly cost that needs to be considered.
3. Commercial Video Blind Spots
Criminals and dishonest employees tend to figure out which areas aren’t in view of any cameras. They will often stay out of sight, behind an object or around a tight corner. A security professional can help you to identify these blind spots and reduce them as best as possible.
4. Watching Commercial Security Cameras Requires a Considerable Investment of Time
If you have seven cameras, it would take one person seven hours to watch a single hour of all the video being gathered. Regular monitoring of video camera feeds requires a significant investment of time, and it’s nearly impossible to catch everything. Intelligent video can help solve this issue, but the cost of installing an intelligent video system disqualifies this as an option for many businesses.
5. Video Surveillance Isn’t a Quick Fix
If your business has shrinkage problems and issues with employee theft, additional steps may be needed to solve this problem. Video equipment can help catch a criminal and will certainly serve as a deterrent, but you’ll still have to get to the root of the problem and confront the employee.
Smart Cameras Solve Many of the These Problems
Smart cameras that allow business owners to access live feeds to the cameras installed in their business can help to solve many of these problems. The convenience of being able to access the cameras in your store from anywhere in the world (with an internet connection) can help give business owners the freedom and flexibility to take a vacation and spend time away from the store as needed.
What about DIY Commercial Video Surveillance?
If you think to pick up a few cheap cameras at the hardware store will do the trick, look around while you’re there and take note of the cameras being used by that store. Chances are the cameras they’re using are considerably more sophisticated than the ones that store is selling.
Learn More about Commercial Security Camera Installation
It’s important to find the commercial video system that best fits the unique needs and budget of your business. A trained security professional can help pick the best video system for your business.
Contact Butler Durrell Security to learn more about the benefits and price of commercial video equipment and help you pick the best system for your retail or other business.