Closed-circuit television camera systems (more widely known as CCTV camera systems) are universally used to transmit the signals of a video surveillance camera trained on a particular area to monitoring systems in another area. There are many advantages of having CCTV cameras in your home, business or in public areas such as traffic intersections, major highways, train stations and airports. Here are the top five advantages of CCTV cameras.
1. Protect Customers and Staff
When you own your business, whether you know it or now it becomes your responsibility to look after your staff as well as your customers. With CCTV cameras you can help protect both employees and clients/customers in a number ways. The primary way is protecting them physically. If they are attacked inside of your establishment you can turn over video of the attack to the authorities to help them find the assailant. CCTV can also stop crime from happening in the first place (see below) and can clear up any misunderstandings if money or merchandise goes missing.
2. Protect Your Company from Lawsuits
On the flip side, CCTV cameras can also help you protect your company from customers. We’ve all heard the stories of customers purposely putting glass or pests in their food in order to get a free meal, or purposely spilling water and slipping in it in order to sue a company. With a CCTV camera video surveillance system you can monitor any fraudulence going on, and prevent you or your employees from being accused of false accusations or phony lawsuits.
3. Monitor Employees
As much as you want to say you completely trust your employees, there’s always one bad apple that ruins the bunch. Unfortunately, it’s usually necessary to monitor your employees and make sure they aren’t stealing from your company – whether it’s office supplies, top-secret company information, client lists, store merchandise, extra free food or meals, or money from the till. With CCTV you are not only able to make sure your employees are staying honest, but you can see which of your staff are working the most efficiently and reward them accordingly.
4. Lower or Stop Crime Completely
As mentioned above, CCTV cameras can prevent crime simply just by being there to identify any suspicious activity. Whether used in your home, restaurant, store or office building, by recording a crime that is occurring, you can help catch the perpetrator, and get that criminal off the streets, helping to reduce crime not only in your area, but in your city or county as well. In addition, most criminals are hesitant to commit illegal activities if they know they are being watched or filmed, so you could help stop crime altogether.
5. Monitor Traffic and Public Areas
Last but not least, CCTV can be used to monitor traffic, identify traffic jams and record car accidents. CCTV is especially useful in hit-and-run accidents where a driver must be identified. CCTV cameras are also advantageous for public safety, as they keep a close eye on large crowded areas, such as the airport, subway, train station, etc., which are too big to monitor by authorities on foot.
With all of these beneficial advantages of CCTV, is there any doubt that you need one for yourself? Consider installing a CCTV camera system in your home or business today.