Today’s video surveillance systems are more intelligent, convenient and capable than ever before. With high-resolution footage, motion detection, facial recognition and license plate capture, cameras provide confidence and peace of mind. Security cameras also offer many benefits to facilities, including occupant protection, safeguarding of assets and deterrence of criminal activity.
For many, video cameras are primarily a security measure against theft, vandalism and break-ins. But did you know that security cameras provide a variety of other unexpected benefits? Learn five surprising ways facility managers can use video surveillance systems to benefit their facilities.
1. Video cameras gather evidence for liability protection.
Modern surveillance systems have the ability to record both high-quality video and clear audio. Detailed footage can benefit a facility, especially when faced with an investigation or legal case. If criminal activity or suspicious activity occurs on facility grounds, cameras can aid in identifying the perpetrator. Authorities are then able to analyze video footage for evidence, which can support your facility in court. Armed with video evidence, facility managers can protect their facilities from potential liability.
2. Video cameras maintain important records for later reference.
Internet Protocol (IP) cameras allow users to store recorded footage digitally on a hard drive, network server or network video recorder (NVR). Digitally-stored footage is convenient; it allows facility managers and security personnel to search through past footage quickly and easily. Past footage can confirm what occurred on a specific day, at a specific time. When faced with questions regarding an incident, facility managers can utilize video records to prove what truly occurred on a specific day.
3. Video cameras offer the convenience of real-time monitoring.
Real-time, remote video monitoring can be extremely useful to a facility. From any location, security personnel can use cameras to continuously monitor facility grounds. To add, today’s security systems are more technological than ever. Approved individuals can monitor footage via smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices. Real-time camera footage protects organizations by providing up-to-date details on activities occurring in a facility.
4. Video cameras act as psychological deterrents to criminals.
The goal of psychological deterrence is to convince potential criminals that their goals will be unsuccessful due to security defenses. Security cameras are just one way to psychologically deter criminals from committing crimes. If criminals know they are being recorded, they may be less likely to commit a crime. Prominently located cameras and “Cameras in Use” signage can effectively dissuade individuals from committing burglaries, break-ins, vandalism or even terrorist attacks.
5. Video cameras can save money for your facility.
Initially, purchasing video cameras can be costly. But surveillance systems have a large return on investment in the long run. For example, implementing security cameras is less expensive than hiring multiple full-time security officers for each key area of your facility. In addition, security cameras can save your facility money by aiding in loss prevention and asset protection.
For facility managers, video surveillance systems have real benefits. Security cameras not only reduce theft and loss, but also offer a variety of other unique and unexpected advantages. Get the most out of your facility’s video surveillance by taking advantage of all the unique capabilities these systems have to offer. These advantages can give you the edge you need to boost safety, security and productivity in your facility.
Want to learn more about implementing safety and security in your facility? AkitaBox offers complimentary resources to help you get started. Begin by reading our 2019 Facility Safety and Security Plan Guide eBook.