Did you know that more than half of employers use video surveillance? It is a good idea to protect yourself and your business by placing security cameras around your office or store. You can protect your inventory, office electronics, or your employees by installing security cameras at work. Of course you should always let your employees know that you have security cameras placed around the office, so that you do not invade their privacy.
Why Should You Install Cameras at Your Business?
The most obvious reason why you should install cameras at your business is to prevent theft. This includes after-hours theft, theft from your customers, employees, suppliers, or even from management. Video cameras allow you to watch key areas of your workplace and catch thieves in the act. Another reason why you should install cameras in your workplace is to see if your employees adhere to company policy. You can check in on them and see where your employees are doing well, and where they can improve. Having security cameras up in your business can also discourage harassment. If employees know that they are being watched, they are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior.
Where to Put Cameras at Work
In Plain Sight
If an intruder sees a security camera, they move on to the next location. They do not want their illegal activity to be caught on tape. Make sure that you place a waterproof camera in plain sight outdoors so that an intruder is immediately aware that you are recording them.
At all doors, windows, garages, etc. you should have a security camera. This will give you a view of the intruder no matter how they enter your building. Make sure that you put a camera inside of entrances as well, like in the reception area and customer interaction points, so that you get many different shots of the intruder.
Close to Valuables
You should always put cameras near your office valuables, such as safes, cash boxes, supply rooms, electronics, etc. This includes warehouses and loading docks. Make sure that you place it in a location with the widest view so that you can see many points of interest at once.
To protect you and your employees, put floodlights and security cameras in places like parking lots, back alleys, dumpsters, secluded hallways, etc. You can dissuade vandalism, theft, and other criminal activities. In fact, many employees steal from their employers by throwing something away in the dumpster and then retrieving it later. Monitoring your dumpster will discourage such activity.
You are not allowed, by law, to put cameras in private areas, such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and in some states, even break rooms. Make sure that you are respecting your employees privacy by not putting cameras in locations where privacy is expected. While you are not required by law in most states to let employees know about your cameras, it is always a good idea, as hidden cameras can be interpreted as an invasion of privacy. Courts tend to rule on the side of the employee when it comes to this subject.
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