Is CCTV Really A Deterrent for Intruders?

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are a crucial component of security systems in New Jersey. In fact, CCTV cameras are the most effective deterrent for commercial burglary, and when an actual burglary occurs, cameras lead to a much higher rate of resolution that occurs in crimes where cameras were not present. In addition, insurance companies favor the use of CCTV cameras, and many policies include discounts for NJ businesses that have cameras monitoring their property.

Employee Theft

Security cameras have many uses beyond just burglaries. CCTV cameras are also the most effective form of deterrent for employee theft, and the vast majority of businesses that install CCTV cameras experience significant drops in loss attributed to employee theft. Most employee theft is casual and done without much thought, and the cameras keep honest people honest by forcing them to think about what they are doing.

Effect on Crime

Crime statistics show that just the presence of CCTV cameras has a very real effect on a wide range of crimes. Businesses with security cameras are much less likely to experience property and vehicle vandalism and theft. They are also less likely to attract loiterers and thus have drug crimes or violent crimes perpetrated on site.

Remote Access

There have also been great advances in security camera technology. Traditionally, access to the cameras was limited to the site, so if a business wanted 24-hour monitoring, it required an around-the-clock security staff. Modern security cameras, however, allow for remote access via the Internet. It is even possible to watch the camera feeds from a smartphone or dashboard computer.

Push Notification

Modern security cameras are also able to provide push notifications. A security camera does less good if a crime occurs and no one is able to see it happen in the moment. Using motion detection and other advanced features, the camera can recognize the event and push the feed to a remote computer in the business owner’s home or a central monitoring station.

Advanced Storage and Retrieval

Modern technology also makes it very easy to store and retrieve large amounts of video data. Gone are the days of having to recycle recording media. NJ businesses can easily store video captured 24 hours a day to the cloud, and they can store video for a year, five years or even an indefinite length of time. It is also easier to retrieve and search for the exact video you need should a crime or accident take place.

More Cost-Effective Than Ever

Security cameras used to be cost-prohibitive for many businesses so many businesses went without. Falling prices on electronics have made cameras and other electronic equipment more affordable than ever, and now, security cameras are a standard component in even the most basic commercial security systems.

Complete Security Systems

If you a business owner considering CCTV-based security systems in New Jersey, then contact CSS.  We are one of the most respected names in the industry, and the company has an impeccable track record of providing outstanding service to its NJ clients. CSS is also a Honeywell-authorized dealer and is proud to install and use the most sophisticated commercial and residential security equipment available.

 

Business Security Systems: Why Upgrade Now Rather Than Later

Security systems evolve according to new threats. Businesses are always trying to stay ahead of potential threats that can put staff and customers at risk as well as risk-prolonged disruptions in the carrying out of daily business. Companies with government or military contracts are required to meet certain security minimums before they can even begin to provide products or services. Here are four trending security advancements businesses are using to stay ahead of the game.

Biometrics

Access control used to be nothing more than a locked door. Then, alarm were added to warn of illegal entry into unauthorized areas, but there was little accounting of traffic that was authorized. Sensitive areas that require a complete record of daily access are served well with biometric devices that can positively identify who is entering and leaving a secured area and at what times. Biometrics can be as simple as a thumbprint reader on a computer server to advanced retina reading devices, hand scanners and voice recognition.

Visitor Access

An area still hard for many businesses to control is visitor access. The traditional approach of adding security staff to monitor and control visitors is costly yet still widely in use. Modern digital visitor tracking options can be as simple as visitor ID badges to the high-end facial recognition software in use by casinos and other corporations. Controlled visitor access is an absolute necessity in environments that have public, semi-private and controlled areas such as hospitals. A hospital may have a cafe or dining area fully open to the public, patient rooms where only friends and family are permitted, and pediatric areas where infant access is restricted to parents and specific hospital staff.

Loss Prevention

Shrinkage due to retail theft is the bane of stores everywhere. The shoplifters are getting bolder and more savvy, and the stores need to keep up not only to reduce shrinkage but send a message to the criminals that ply this trade that their retail locations are too high of a risk to shoplift at. Larger retailers may incorporate facial recognition to know when prior shoplifters enter their stores. Retail product security tags have evolved from the stick-on ones that needed to be applied to every product to ones that have been embedded at the point of manufacture such as security tags inside shoes.

IP Surveillance Cameras

Affordable video surveillance was an exponential leap in business security. However, it was limited to on-site viewing. Internet Protocol camera and DVR systems now allow for remote viewing by any authorized person that has a computer, tablet or smartphone and Internet access. The cameras can be fully controllable for pan, tilt and zoom. Modern digital surveillance cameras can also have quality optics so clear that not only can the hands of cashiers be observed, but the individual serial numbers on the money can be seen too. The latest DVR systems can record a year’s worth of footage from multiple cameras, giving an instant and easy-to-access record of every second.

Insurance providers along with government and military customers are not the only ones expecting businesses to up their game when it comes to state-of-the-art security systems. Customers and visitors are demanding safety systems be in place to protect them against property, personal and violent crime while visiting the businesses. It is not necessary for every business to adopt every new security option, but it is necessary for them to have in place the ones in standard use by their industry. The costs of implementation can be offset by the prevention of one major litigation claim.

For a complimentary on site consultation please contact Complete Security Systems today.