When you want to protect your business from theft, you need the right camera surveillance set up. Without good surveillance, you may not be able to keep the thieves from getting away with your profits.
Most businesses have some type of security camera system, but it may not be very good. If the cameras don’t actually record, they aren’t doing you much good. In addition, if they are not in the right places, you may be leaving blind spots throughout your business.
Both shoppers and employees may be stealing from you. However, with the right camera surveillance system, you won’t have to worry anymore. You can catch the thieves and you can deter future thieves by choosing the right camera.
How to Choose Your Security Camera System
Before you choose the right surveillance system for you, it’s important to decide what your goal is with the system. Are you trying to deter crime or catch someone in the act? Do you need the cameras to act as a deterrent or should they be hidden?
There’s also a difference between setting up a system to protect the interior of your business and using one for the exterior. If you plan to do both, you will need cameras capable of withstanding the weather outside. An AC Daughtry Security professional is available to help you determine which camera is right for your needs. Call us today at 973.335.3931
How Many Cameras and What Resolution?
After you’ve figured out your goals and what you need from your cameras, it’s time to figure out how many cameras you need and what type of image clarity will be necessary. Have you ever seen one of those news stories where they caught the criminal on camera, but he wasn’t able to be identified? If you choose low resolution cameras, they may not be doing you much good.
Depending on the size of the area you need to watch, you may need more than just a couple cameras. When you choose your cameras, it’s important to understand how much area they will cover. You don’t need blind spots getting exposed by thieves because you went cheap and didn’t add in an additional camera to cover the area.
When it comes to image quality, you have to consider if zooming will be necessary. If you need to cover a large retail store, you will need high resolution cameras for zooming. However, a smaller office may not need a higher resolution because you won’t need to zoom to see everything clearly.
Considering the Lighting and Audio
Do you need cameras capable of recording at night? What about with the ability to record audio? These are two more areas of interest to consider when choosing the best camera surveillance for your business.
You may want to test different cameras to see which will work best for different types of lighting. With some areas inside and outside experienced different levels of sunlight, you may want to get a camera with the ability to adjust to the lighting conditions. Some comes with light filtering technology and artificial illuminators to ensure you get the right clarity and image quality you desire.
If you need to record audio, this will require a special type of camera. This isn’t always necessary, but it could be helpful in some situations. Sometimes, audio can be used to trigger recording and alarms.
We are available to answer any questions you might have about choosing the camera system that’s right for your needs. Call us today at 973.335.3931
Choosing a Scalable and Flexible System
If you may need to add more cameras in the future, make sure the system you choose allows for this. Some systems only support a certain number of cameras, so you need to make sure you get one large enough for all your cameras.
A flexible surveillance system will allow you to add or subtract cameras, as necessary. This can easily be done with IP cameras, which are wireless and connect through a network. You can easily add more IP cameras to the network whenever you need to.
Adding Full Monitoring
In some cases, the monitoring of your surveillance cameras will be handled in house. However, this can also be handled by a third party, if necessary. Make sure you consider how much your cameras need to be monitored and how you will handle the monitoring.
Gaining full security through 24/7 monitoring will ensure you get the most out of your camera surveillance system. Not only will it give you better protection, but you will also be able to see how customers move throughout your store, which can help in other areas, such as marketing and customer service.
Types of Cameras to Consider
There are several types of cameras to choose from when you want to monitor your business. Some of the most common include:
- Bullet Cameras – These are cylindrical in shape and provide a good camera if you know exactly which area you want to cover. They mount to a wall pretty easily.
- Live Streaming Cameras – If you need remote, unmanned monitoring, these cameras are great. They can sit just about anywhere and provide a live feed to a mobile device or computer. Some can even scan, tilt and pan from remote control.
- IP Cameras – Wireless cameras are a plug-and-play option and very easy to install. They provide excellent options for those looking to add more cameras later.
- Dome Cameras – A ceiling mount camera often referred to as the “eye in the sky” these cameras are fixed in place, but can be controlled including tilt, zoom and pan.
- Hidden Cameras – Great for catching someone without them knowing, hidden cameras won’t offer a visual deterrent. Instead, they are used to catch those in the act when they least expect it.
Most good camera surveillance systems include a combination of cameras to protect your business. You may want some cameras to deter crime in certain areas, while leaving hidden cameras to catch criminals in other areas.
When you’re trying to figure out the best solution for your business security, make sure you speak with a professional. With an expert’s help, you’ll be able to add another layer of protection to your business.
AC Daughtry is here to help. Call us today at 973.335.3931