Picking the Right Security Camera for Your Business

Security cameras have been the saving grace for business owners especially when it comes to robbery, vandalism, accidents, and a host of other things that could go sideways inside the establishment or its perimeter. Security cameras are also there as a deterrent against criminal activity. As a business owner, picking the right one has several determining factors. Let's examine them.

How Large is Your Business and Property?

Casinos, for example, have an “eye in the sky” that watches the doors, each table, the counting room, etc. In a cash-heavy business, skimming cards, cash, or tokens is a huge problem that can affect a multi-billion dollar business. For smaller mom and pop establishments, a few cameras would be fine to scan the parking lot, delivery area, entrances, and the cash register.

The size of the business can also determine the security budget. Is it within reason to hire a security company to provide the cameras and maintain security footage or would a DIY system suffice?

More things to consider are the types of security cameras on the market so it's best to speak with a security specialist to assess the needs of the business and tips to find out the best security cameras for business.

And Here's The Reasons Why

All of the surveillance options, safety, and business considerations should come into play.

This is a quick checklist of things to consider to help determine which security camera works best for your business.

Video quality. Generally, the hi-def cameras can capture details like license plates and clear images of people, which might not otherwise be captured with a low-res camcorder.

Motion detector. In many cases, after-hours is the greatest threat to the security of a business. A motion detector can capture movement; from the early entry of an employee to late-night vandalism.

Lights. This option is usually a supplementary addition and may be included with motion detection sensors. Burglars do not want to be seen, so lights shining on their destination will often deter them from proceeding.

24/7 surveillance and monitoring. We cannot be in all the places all of the time but some services can be the eyes and ears of the business, especially for its security.

Security detection like smoke or carbon monoxide. Appropriate for indoor security, this is another add-on that may be considered.

Keypad or smartphone access. Keypads are affixed within the business and must be manually engaged or disengaged whereas smartphone access and monitoring can travel with you.

Two-way voice communication. Imagine checking your cameras and finding someone sneaking around the property. This option is great for engaging and questioning the interloper from a safe distance.

Weather and temperature limitations. Often overlooked, the weather and median temperature should be taken into account because cameras will malfunction if placed in areas beyond its limitations. Examples would be extreme heat or cold weather locations.

Cloud or local storage. Where will the security footage be stored? These days, cloud storage is a viable option but it could get pricey while local storage might be the limitations of drive space or recording devices.

With all of these to consider, it is a good idea to speak with a security specialist who can assess the wants, needs, and budget before making a final decision. 

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