CCTV can benefit your business in many different ways, due to advances in technology it is no longer just used for security but also for a number of other purposes including monitoring employee performance, making sure health and safety is adhered to and for accurate record keeping. In this blog, we have put together 7 reasons why your business needs CCTV and the benefits a system provides. Whether it be a warehouse, petrol station, factory or hotel, all of them would benefit from the latest 8MP CCTV surveillance systems from Hikvision. There are multiple benefits to having a business CCTV system installed:
1. Deterring Crime and Theft
Deterring crime and theft was one of the original reasons CCTV was used on commercial premises. CCTV systems on business premises can act as a great deterrent against potential thieves as they know their actions will be captured on CCTV cameras, the latest 8MP CCTV cameras provide very clear images making it easier to identity thieves. If you are wondering what megapixels are and how to choose take a read of our guide to choosing the right megapixels for your CCTV.
CCTV also provides business owners with real-time surveillance inside key areas throughout a premise that can act as a deterrent for internal crimes such as employee theft. Employees usually have access to areas that hold stock and money so it is wise to make sure these areas are monitored.
2. Monitoring Staff Performance
Monitoring staff via a CCTV system means you can make sure employees are working productively and efficiently while at work. Employees that are aware they are being monitored are more likely to carry out their job to the best of their ability as they know they can be held accountable for the level of their work. Also, making sure employees log in and out of shifts correctly and at the correct time can be made a lot easier with the use of a well-positioned CCTV camera. Stored CCTV footage can allow you to check on previous days if there is an issue with a staff member and their performance.
3. Protecting Against False Insurance Claims
A CCTV system is a great way to protect you and your business from false insurance claims. Insurance claims against businesses have been on the rise with an increase of people stating an accident or injury has occurred when in fact it did not, insurers unveiled 107,000 fraudulent insurance claims were made in 2019. With a business CCTV system installed you have clear CCTV footage of whether an accident took place, this footage is a crucial source of evidence that can be used in court should any claims be made against your business.
4. Record Keeping
Business premises can be busy locations with a lot of different tasks being completed and many people moving throughout the premises, for this reason, it is good practice to keep an accurate record of everything that happens on the premises. A CCTV system can help keep records of many different business tasks, such as employees’ checking in and out and delivery schedules. Keeping records allows the CCTV system to be used as an investigatory management tool, should any issue arise there will be clear footage to investigate and solve this issue.
5. Real-time Surveillance
Having real-time surveillance on your business premises means you can monitor it 24/7 from any location with an internet connection and potentially resolve any issues that are happening on site. Having such instant surveillance can reduce the effect an issue may have on a business and allow the business to carry on operating with minimal disruption.
6. Health and Safety
Health and safety is one of the most important aspects when it comes to a commercial building and operating a business. Depending on the sector the business operates in there can be many different dangers in a workplace, such as large machinery. CCTV is essential to not only monitor the premises and make sure health and safety is being adhered to but also to provide footage should an accident occur. CCTV systems can also be used to track stock should there be a recall or bad batch of supplies, the batch that has been identified can be tracked precisely, potentially stopping a health and safety issue leaving the premises to customers. Find out more in our recent blog on improving health and safety with CCTV.
7. Customer satisfaction
Building a good relationship with your customers is key in running a successful business. Making sure that they feel safe and secure in your building leads to a relaxed, safe environment that customers want to return to. For example, hotel CCTV can make customers feel relaxed knowing the premises and their belongings are secure, leading to a better customer experience.
Free Advice for a Business CCTV System
If you need help and advice on installing a business CCTV system on your commercial premises call our team directly on 01492 547997 or send us an email to [email protected] and we will be happy to offer free commercial CCTV advice.