Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) technology has been a part of the UK since the 1970s but many businesses still fail to install the latest systems, if they have one at all. Camera quality has vastly improved over the last few decades, resulting in high quality HD systems being a regular feature on the security market.
But what can a CCTV system actually do for you and your business? We at R Security Alarms are aware that such systems can be sometimes a costly investment but it’s one that has statistically been proven to reduce and prevent crime.
What is the main purpose of a CCTV system?
CCTV cameras are primarily there to act as a surveillance mechanism on your premises. It has the ability to observe large areas at a time, reducing the potential for crimes such as theft and violence, acting as a deterrent to potential criminals and a valuable piece of evidence should a court case arise.
What else can my cctv system do?
Connect to smart devices
Modern technology advances fast and the security sector is working hard to ensure that our technology moves faster than that of the common criminal.
One such example is the ability to connect your CCTV cameras to a smart device, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. This reduces the need for constant presence in surveillance rooms and allows for access from anywhere in the world at any time (internet connection required).
Connect to monitoring stations
R Security Alarms offer monitoring contracts for CCTV customers. This means that a secure monitoring station will have access to your cameras’ footage at all times, ensuring that each camera works at its optimum level and can report on any usual activity spotted.
Daily status reports
We can also offer daily status reports on the quality of your CCTV system, giving you peace of mind that your system is always in full working order.
What's in it for me and my business?
CCTV systems can be used for a variety of purposes for businesses, not just crime deterrence.
Monitored CCTV systems can be connected to your monitored intruder and/or fire systems. This gives the monitoring station the ability to access your CCTV footage should an alarm be activated and can manually assess whether or not it is a false alarm and can alert you and/or the relevant emergency service should your contract extend to this permission.
Reduce staffing costs
CCTV can also be valuable in terms of staffing costs. Security staff can be costly to small businesses in particular and many may not be able to afford 9-5 cover, let alone overnight staff. CCTV systems can reduce the costs for your business regarding security staffing and constant on-site presence.
Protect yourself against wrongful lawsuits
Modern society has become more willing to place blame on others, even when those others have done no wrong. Many cases each year end up in courts where a consumer attempts to sue companies for injury claims, discrimination claims, etc. and it will come as no surprise that a lot of these cases are thrown out due to lack of evidence on the claimant’s side. Defence evidence will frequently be from the store’s CCTV footage, which is more reilable than an eye witness testimony. Companies need to protect themselves against wrongful lawsuits and CCTV systems are an excellent way to do this.
Find out your store’s most frequently visited areas
Trying to figure out where to place a display for your new product? CCTV can also be used as a marketing tool to help you analyse which areas of the store customers most frequent. This information can be very valuable as a business owner; you can work out which area of the store is visited most at certain times of the day, by which group of of people, which side they approach that area from, how long they spend there, etc.
If you would like to know more about our CCTV offers, visit our webpage or give us a call on 0151 727 6699 and we’ll be happy to talk you through our process and help you to decide what type of system is right for you.