How to Use Your Commercial Security Cameras More Effectively
A security camera system is one of the most fundamental types of protection for your company’s premises. While many commercial properties use security cameras, not every company uses their camera systems appropriately.
In order for your commercial security camera system to successfully deter, detect, and help prosecute crime, you need a comprehensive system that fits your facility and business hours.
In this blog, we list some of the measures that you should take in order to use your security cameras as effectively as possible.
Choose a Reputable Monitoring Company to Work With
As important as high-quality cameras are to the security of your commercial property, even cameras that capture every movement don’t effectively protect your business if no one is monitoring them. If you’re installing a new security camera system, look for a camera supplier that also offers remote monitoring and/or video verification.
If you have an existing system, but the camera feed isn’t professionally monitored, partner with a reputable video monitoring company. This service ensures that you’re alerted the moment a security breach occurs, rather than being notified the next time the tape is reviewed.
You may also want to hire onsite security personnel to work during off-hours. These employees can observe the feed and respond to it in real time.
Choose the Right Camera Type
Security cameras are not one size fits all. Business owners who settle for the wrong camera type for their facility often end up with security systems that aren’t much of an improvement over their in-house security team.
Consider what you need most from a security camera. Do you want to monitor a large area all at once? Do you need your cameras to record even with the lights out? Do you anticipate needing clear images of perpetrators’ faces?
Bring your concerns to a security camera provider and have them evaluate your current system. You may need to add a fisheye, low-light, or other specialized camera. You may also need to change your camera configuration, as we’ll discuss in a later section.
Keep Your Camera System Current
As with any other tech devices, your cameras only function as well as their current software and firmware allows. Be sure to promptly upgrade your cameras as needed. Failure to take this step could leave gaps in your video surveillance.
You should also check that you’re using best practices for running and maintaining your cameras. For example, you may need to change the admin privileges on new cameras to reduce the risk of someone hacking into the feed using the default username and password.
Update Your Camera Configuration as Needed
Even if your security camera system completely covered your facility when it was first installed, you should plan to check the configuration annually. New equipment or construction could potentially block the view from a camera, or a camera could shift over time.
When you assess your camera configuration, ensure that your cameras cover the bare minimum of space you need secured. These areas include your main entrance and exits, parking lot, and stock or supply room entrances.
If you’re concerned about the adequacy of your video feed coverage, have a security systems professional evaluate the feed to identify any blind spots that could potentially put your facility at risk of intrusion or theft.
To determine how else you can improve the effectiveness of your commercial security camera system, consult with your security system provider. He or she can provide recommendations based on your current system, budget, and specific security concerns.
Use these suggestions and the recommendations of your security system provider to ensure that your security cameras truly provide your first and best defense against would-be criminals.