CCTV systems are a game changer when it comes to security at both domestic and commercial premises. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) works by placing video cameras at strategic locations on site, with footage being recorded or transmitted in real-time to be monitored and reviewed on screens, usually by security personnel.
They’re a valuable tool for spotting incidents as they arise, as well as providing evidence to pursue and ultimately convict thieves and vandals. Because of their effectiveness, their presence acts as a deterrent to all but the most determined criminal.
If your commercial premises doesn’t currently have CCTV installed then it could be the missing piece in your security jigsaw.
Why do commercial premises need CCTV and what is the best system to choose? In this article we explore some of the options.
Why do you need a CCTV system for your commercial premises?
CCTV takes commercial security to the next level. It can act as a visible deterrent to opportunistic thieves and, should the worst happen, it can provide valuable footage to help identify then prosecute any criminal who gains access.
If your CCTV is monitored it can help your security team catch criminals in the act. Some CCTV can be linked to emergency personnel giving not only early warning about criminal activity, but also other threats such as fire.
If your CCTV is monitored you can expect your business insurance premiums to be reduced. CCTV will help you monitor who is on site including both employees and visitors. It can also provide valuable evidence and clarification should workplace incidents arise.
The difference between commercial CCTV and domestic CCTV
There are significant differences between domestic and commercial CCTV. While the former may be significantly cheaper than the latter, they don’t offer the same degree of protection for commercial premises.
Commercial CCTV is designed to monitor larger areas and to be able to cope with constant usage. The images captured by commercial CCTV are usually of a superior quality than found on the domestic version due to their higher resolution. This allows for closer examination of the footage, making it more difficult for criminals to attempt to hide their identity.
The types of commercial CCTV cameras
There are a number of different types of CCTV cameras available with a range of features and options. For example:
- Dome CCTV systems are designed to be unobtrusive, hard wearing but also visible. The dome shape makes it difficult to see which way the camera is pointing.
- Wireless cameras allow for greater flexibility in terms of positioning.
- Bullet CCTV cameras get their name from their long cylindrical shape and are often used where long distance viewing is required.
- Cameras with night vision capacity will usually be considered a necessity in most commercial settings.
How to choose the best CCTV system for your business
Commercial premises differ considerably in their layout and usage. A goods yard, where vehicles are coming and going all day and expensive equipment is stored overnight will have different security requirements to an office, or a small shop.
Whether you’re running a restaurant, managing a warehouse or a construction site, the CCTV system you have installed should reflect your particular needs. Even within sectors, the layout, equipment and usage patterns of similar businesses can be very different and will require a bespoke CCTV system.
CCTV in factories and warehouses will usually combine both security and monitoring functions. The ability to store large amounts of footage that can be accessed if an incident occurs can be invaluable in finding a quick resolution.
Construction sites are, by their nature, temporary, but are also highly vulnerable to theft and vandalism, so any CCTV system will need to be monitored and the alarm raised when necessary.
In offices, CCTV may provide a straightforward deterrent and security role. They will usually be visible and be part of an overall security system.
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Tag Systems pioneered the development of wireless and professional CCTV security systems which are at the heart of surveillance. We were one of the first companies in Europe to use dual data channels on the mobile phone network for video transmission.
The Chameleon Camera used in Tag Systems CCTV systems has 1km range and 360 degree views, all well as night vision and remote access.