There are numerous factors to take into consideration when installing a business CCTV surveillance system on your premises. Ignoring these factors may result in your surveillance system not providing you with the intended security measures.
1. Security Requirements
The first and most important factor is to determine the reason for the installation. Ask the following questions:
- Are you trying to prevent theft? - Do you want to monitor employees? - Is access to the premises of main concern? - Do you need to monitor activity in certain areas of your premises? - Are there any other reasons why you have decided on CCTV systems?
This will help you determine the best type of surveillance system to suit your unique set of requirements.
The placement of cameras and other CCTV equipment within and around your premises is essential to provide you with optimal monitoring capabilities. First determine whether you want the cameras to visible or hidden. If your requirements are for theft prevention, having highly visible cameras can act as a deterrent. However, hidden cameras can be very effective to meet other surveillance requirements.
To ensure that you get comprehensive coverage from your CCTV system, it is highly recommended to consult a security expert to determine the best placement and the type of cameras that are relevant to your business requirements.
3. Monitoring Capabilities
There are a wide range of options available when choosing the most effective monitoring equipment to suit your needs. You can have a dedicated feed to a specified set of monitors that can be viewed by you, specified employees or your security team. You can also choose to have the feed recorded.
There is also a choice of analogue or digital feed and you can also select whether you want only video or if audio feed should be included. Infrared cameras are essential for night time monitoring or in areas that are dark even during the day.
Then there is also option to extend your monitoring capabilities to computers, laptops and /or mobile devices. This is the optimal choice as it provides 24 hour monitoring no matter where you are in the world.
In addition, you can set up your CCTV system to alert you if there is an intrusion or to start recording when a specific set of circumstances have been met. You should discuss the different types of monitoring capabilities with your security expert in order to make an informed choice.
Wireless CCTV systems are considered to be the better choice as they are easier to install and less likely to be deactivated. Wireless systems also provide you with the opportunity to add or detract cameras and other surveillance equipment as the need arises.
On the other hand, wired systems may be less costly and are suitable for smaller business premises that have less complex surveillance requirements.
For a comprehensive CCTV solution and to ensure that you take all the necessary factors into consideration, it is recommended to get professional advice from a security expert.