Video Surveillance: Why the Pros Outweigh the Cons

Mar 23, 2018

Video Surveillance

You have contemplated upgrading your security system over the years but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Before you rule it out, there’s a pretty good defense for the latest video surveillance camera technology at your workplace. Continue reading for the pros vs. cons!

Increased Security vs. Privacy Concerns

If you’re worried that increasing your workplace security efforts will lead to privacy concerns with your employees, consider this statement by a local Domino's Pizza franchisee in Business Magazine (the article title, Employee Theft: Corporate America’s Dirty Little Secret, nearly says it all):

“According to the FBI, corporate theft or “shrinkage,” as it is commonly referred to in the business community, is the fastest growing crime in the United States. It’s bigger than identity theft, cyber fraud, credit card theft and internet scams. And what makes it a most pernicious crime is its difficulty to uncover. Nearly 75 percent of employees do it, and the vast majority of discovered theft goes unprosecuted, according to FBI statistics.”

With stats that high, there’s a great chance this can - and will - happen to you. This isn’t to say you should risk all employee morale by cracking down on probable crime at the office, treating everyone as potential criminals, but you should most definitely protect yourself.

Secured vs. Unsecured

Last week, we talked about video on the rise, and for good reason. You might have heard of hack attacks via the wrong security camera system, but we don’t suggest avoiding security cameras due to the possibility of getting hacked (just as you don’t stay away from the internet and other electronics for that reason). Technology is a friend, not a foe when used correctly. Stick with high def security cameras that come highly secured.

Reducing Crime Rates vs. Upgrading Technology

As it does, technology has continued to evolve making few stops, if any, along the way. Security systems notify you when an alarm is tripped and CCTV surveillance cameras document and record footage. The latest technology takes it a step further and notifies you virtually immediately when an incident happens via text or email alerts.

For all intents and purposes, we think you’re going to like this new technology.

Cost-Effectiveness vs. Initial Investment

Like most technologies, the initial investment is assumed to be rather hefty but - good news - it’s really not! Plus, the system pays for itself in the long run. Deterring thieves is the biggest and most obvious cost savings, but how else can a monitored video surveillance system help strengthen your bottom line?

  • Police are able to identify criminals to stop them from striking again. This is good not only for your business but for the economy.
  • There is often a savings on your business insurance of up to 20% for having a monitored fire or security alarm system so be sure not to skip out on monitoring!
  • Employees tend to be on their best behavior once security cameras are installed, which can cut down on employee theft and save you money in the long run.
  • And, a monitored surveillance system increases workplace safety, which is another hidden form of savings.

Employee theft and business burglaries are harsh realities. To stop both, it’s a requirement that today’s security technology must work both harder and smarter. Please contact us for a free quote or to find out how this can work for your unique needs.

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