Keeping your business safe and secure is a 24/7 concern. But you can’t be everywhere at once. That’s why surveillance cameras are an invaluable part of your day-to-day operations. Along with access control, video surveillance helps protect your company from theft, vandalism, and other workplace discrepancies. Placing security cameras in a few strategic locations can give you the reassurance you need that everything is running smoothly.
The Top 7 Areas for Surveillance Cameras
Trouble can enter your building in a variety of different ways. Installing a new security camera system usually starts at your main entrance and the corners of your site. From there, you’ll want to maximize your visibility and assess other areas that might need additional coverage. You need to watch out for internal issues, too. Consider including security cameras at the following locations to make sure all of your bases are covered.
1. First-Floor Windows
While it’s unpleasant to think about, business intrusions do happen. Putting the right surveillance systems in place can give you the necessary evidence if you ever need to make a claim. It’s natural to think of your main entrance first, but first-floor windows are also an easy target. Installing security cameras with wide viewing angles will help you document any vulnerabilities.
2. Secluded Areas Outside
While you’re thinking of your surveillance cameras outside, do a review of the more secluded areas, like the dumpsters in your back alley or the back of your parking lot. It’s common for these sites to have problems. Even if these locations are public property, your company can do its part to document illegal activities and make sure the surrounding area is safe for both your team, as well as the people you serve.
3. Employee Break Room
Companies that are concerned with internal theft may be interested in placing surveillance cameras in their break room. This can help keep employees accountable, especially in retail settings. Of course, it’s always important to check with your state labor agency first. Your employees’ expectations of privacy need to be honored, which might mean that these areas are “off limits.”
4. Storage and Loading Docks
Areas where you receive shipments and store products need to be under a watchful eye. Your storage rooms and loading docks can be hotspots for trouble. Office supplies and other merchandise can easily go missing if surveillance protocols aren’t in place. But with security cameras in place, you can document what goes on when you or your supervisors are away.
5. Emergency Exits
If you don’t have an alarm at your emergency exits, video surveillance might be a good back-up plan. Unauthorized personnel shouldn’t be using these doors to enter your building, and you don’t want employees or customers sneaking out a back door with any assets or merchandise. Monitoring these doors and stairwells can help ensure that everyone is using the appropriate entrances and exits throughout the day.
6. Customer Interaction Points
Traditional brick-and-mortar storefronts usually want to have security cameras installed at the cash registers to document customer interactions. This is especially true for businesses that routinely work with high-ticket merchandise, like electronics or jewelry. It’s also important to watch the traffic coming in and out of your changing rooms and restrooms. Placing surveillance cameras outside these areas can be an easy way to discourage shoplifting.
7. Restricted Access Zones
You’ll also want to consider the private rooms that only certain team members need to access. Even if you have entrance codes and key cards set up for security, you can still benefit from video surveillance. This can provide you with any evidence you might need if someone attempts to obtain entrance to the room. For electrical or IT rooms, to sensitive medical files and private offices, it always helps to have another line of defense.
Installing Security Cameras with ETD
At Enhanced Telecommunications, we understand that you need your security system investment to go far. By helping you carefully weigh your options for camera placement, we work hard to make sure you’re getting the most out of your video surveillance.
We’re proud to serve companies all throughout the Treasure Valley. If you’re ready to start a conversation about your surveillance camera needs, please give our team a call at (208) 947-3900. We would be happy to collaborate with you on the specific concerns you have for your business. From there, we can help you select and install the right equipment to secure your site each and every day. Contact us to learn more!