Key Factors to Consider When Planning a Business Video Surveillance System

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Business surveillance cameras are great for helping protect your business, assets, employees, and guests, which is why they’ve become so prevalent over time. There are many kinds of cameras to choose from, all with different features, so it’s important to understand the different options, and to consider some key factors before moving forward with implementing video surveillance into your security system.

 

Choose the Right Cameras

More advanced security cameras can offer features such as panning, tilting, and zooming (known as PTZ cameras). While these cameras are great and have plenty of uses, they tend to be more expensive than traditional security cameras. These cameras also have more moving parts, which can require more maintenance.

In many instances, fixed wide-angle cameras may be better option. These are less expensive and can cover large areas.

In some situations, a combination of PTZ cameras and wide-angle cameras can be configured together so the wide-angle camera can watch for motion, and the PTZ camera can rotate and zoom to record the suspicious activity more closely.

 

Indoor & Outdoor Cameras

Don’t install indoor cameras outdoors. Outdoor cameras are specifically designed to withstand the elements—something indoor cameras aren’t built for. Moisture, condensation, and insects can interfere with image and recording quality and impact the lifespan of the equipment.

 

Wired & Wireless Cameras

There are pros and cons to wired and wireless cameras, and it’s important to consider all aspects before deciding which options are most appropriate for your security needs.

Major advantages of wired cameras are: they’re often much less expensive than commercial-grade wireless cameras of similar quality, and they’re less susceptible to wireless hacking and attacks. A disadvantage is they require more wiring in order to reduce the chances a bad actor is able to cut the cords.

 

Install Cameras for Maximum Coverage

It will take some strategic planning to ensure you cover as much of your property as efficiently as possible. Installing cameras in the right spots can help reduce blind-spots with the least amount of equipment.

Ensure you have security cameras covering all your building’s entry points. This includes main entrances and exits, side doors, windows, and loading docks.

Sufficient light is crucial for your cameras to properly capture surveillance footage. If parts of your property are under-lit, consider adding more lighting or choosing CCTV cameras that have night vision capabilities.

 

Decide How to View, Store & Retrieve Video

Will you opt for on-site storage using local hard drives, or will you choose cloud storage? Storing video feeds locally often costs less than saving in the cloud on a monthly basis, but the upfront equipment costs are generally much higher. Additionally, you may need extra security to reduce the chances of the drives being stolen by criminals to avoid being caught.

You will also need to decide how long to keep your recordings. The length of time and the number of cameras will affect how much space you need (either locally or in the cloud), so it’s important to factor that into your costs.

If an incident occurs, you will need to decide how to retrieve the feeds in the event law enforcement needs them to assist with your case.

 

Don’t Put Yourself in Legal Trouble

While protecting your business, staff, and customers is a top priority, so is the privacy of your guests and employees. It’s crucial you only install cameras in appropriate places, and avoid areas where privacy is expected—such as bathrooms, locker rooms, dressing rooms, and hotel rooms. The laws for video and audio recording vary from state to state, so it’s important to be sure you’re within your legal rights to record when designing and implementing your camera security system.

 

Work with a Security Expert

To ensure you get your business security cameras set up properly, it’s best to work with a local security system expert to ensure you get the right equipment for your needs at a budget you can afford. You may think going it alone will save money—and it might at first—but without in-depth knowledge of security cameras, there’s a chance you may overspend on unnecessary equipment and risk improperly installing and integrating the cameras, which can result in reduced overall security.

Security experts can help you choose the right equipment, install it in the right locations, and integrate your cameras for proper recording and monitoring.

If you’re looking for a security systems expert in East Texas to assist you with CCTV surveillance camera installation—or any other security technology—contact 3D Security, Inc. to discuss your needs and goals. We’ll work with you to create a custom plan that meets and exceeds your expectations, and install and configure it properly to provide maximum security for your business.