3 Important Benefits of Video Surveillance
January 12, 2012 2 Comments
For a long time video surveillance was something mainly used by the government and large, wealthy companies; something you only saw in movies. Now you can see video cameras everywhere you look, whether you’re grabbing a quick bite at a fast-food restaurant, stopped at the intersection (hopefully not as you coast through a red light!), or walking up to your neighbors’ front porch. Video surveillance has become a necessity for small business owners, and is becoming more prevalent for home owners as well. One of the reasons for this is because the technology has become much more affordable. My reason for writing, however, is not to discuss the reasons for the rise of video surveillance system, but to examine three benefits of having a video surveillance system.
1) Acts as a deterrent to crime
The first benefit to having a video surveillance system is that it acts as a deterrent to crime. Seeing a camera, or a signage warning of cameras, can be unnerving to a would-be criminal. The saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies here. When dealing with crime the goal is always prevention, and having a video surveillance system can certainly help.
2) Apprehend a suspect when a crime occurs
Another benefit of having a video surveillance system is the ability to apprehend a suspect when a crime occurs. This past year one of our customers happily reported how having a video surveillance system in place helped prevent a $30,000 theft; another telling us that it helped prevent being sued. Recently, The Dallas Police Northwest Division secured a burglary conviction by using a citizen’s home security camera. Read the full story here: http://local.nixle.com/alert/4769841/
3) Improve productivity of employees
Another major benefit of having a video surveillance system is improved productivity in the workplace (and at home). Many business owners’ primary motivation for installing a video surveillance system is not the threat from without, but the threat from within. When thinking of loss prevention one typically thinks of people stealing goods from a business, but what about employees who routinely “steal” an employer’s time, by not doing what they are paid to do when they are paid to do it? The day a video surveillance system is installed, much of that will stop, potentially having a dramatic affect on the business’ bottom-line. While, video won’t necessarily help the bottom-line at home, home security cameras can help you see if your children are home when they are supposed to be, and actually doing their homework done instead of sitting in front of the television (which will the future bottom-line).
For these reasons, among others, we expect to see a continued rise in the amount of home owners, as well as business owners, installing video surveillance systems in 2012. If you have any questions about securing your home or business, we offer free security consultation for home owners and business owners in Dallas. Talk to the experts, give us a call at 214.666.8497.