Rising crime rates have resulted in more businesses than ever installing alarm systems. While these are great investments in themselves, they can only do so much when it comes to crime prevention – especially after hours. This is why it makes sense for business owners to consider having a 24 hour surveillance system installed to complement existing alarms.
Reduce Theft and Vandalism
The most obvious benefit of a 24 hour surveillance system would be to reduce instances of theft and, potentially, vandalism. In most cases, vandals and burglars will only commit their deeds when they think they aren’t being watched. However, surveillance in the form of a camera system would not only enable business owners to monitor their properties 24 hours a day; in the event of instances of theft and/or vandalism being committed, the camera footage is usually sufficient to be used as evidence in court if an arrest is made.
Monitor your Business 24 Hours a Day
Thanks to advances that have been made in surveillance technology over the past few years, business owners can now monitor their properties from anywhere in the world – provided that there is an internet connection available. Most laptops and smartphones have the ability to be used as monitoring devices, which means that you can keep a watch on employees who you suspect may be stealing or committing other offences during working hours when you aren’t even at the office.
Enable Employees to Feel Safe
If your business operates 24 hours a day – or stays open later than others in the area – chances are that your employees may feel nervous about working after hours. However, if they know that there is a reliable surveillance system in place, it will put them more at ease because, in the event of a robbery taking place, help will be able to be summoned as quickly as possible for them. In most cases, it will cause would-be robbers to think twice about committing a crime at your business property, because they know that they will be identified afterwards.
Assist the Community
Not only will 24 hour surveillance be beneficial to your business; in cases where you have cameras monitoring the outside of your property, there may be cases where they end up recording other criminal offences that have taken place in the immediate area as well. An excellent example of this took place when the FBI was searching for clues with regards to the Boston Marathon bombing incident. By obtaining footage from all of the business and privately owned cameras in the area, it only took them 3 days to locate and identify the suspects.
When having 24 hour surveillance systems installed, it is essential to spend as much as you can comfortably afford to on the cameras and hard drive units. This will enable footage to be stored securely for as long as it is needed, while also providing clear photographic evidence in the event of an arrest being made and the case going to court.