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The Pros and Cons of Security Cameras

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The Pros and Cons of Security Cameras

Security Cameras

There’s a lot to love about having the right security camera system.

Thanks to ever-improving options, features, and increased accessibility, people are enjoying the peace of mind that comes from home security cameras too. Remote access and surveillance makes it easy to see who’s knocking on your door, check on a delivered package, or make sure your pet’s happy and safe while you’re at work.

The benefits for business security cameras and systems only grow from there.

But, like most business investments, there are two sides to every story, with considerations that are important to weigh.

 


 

What are the benefits of a business security camera system?

It never hurts to have unbiased eyes watching your property around the clock, especially if you work in a place where crime rates are on the rise.

The key benefits here include:

  • Theft deterrent
  • Increased productivity
  • Sense of security
  • Asset protection
  • Assist with documenting HR incidents and interactions
  • Exterior cameras discourage intruders
  • Many modern systems offer emergency alerts around the clock

Whether you’re settling a dispute, watching for illegal activity, or monitoring suspicious individuals, having footage available for review is extremely helpful (especially if law enforcement is involved and needs to review video evidence). And as we touched on above, sometimes just having cameras present (even dummy cameras) can diffuse or deter a crime of some type. Prevention is the best kind of protection.

 


 

What are the downsides of having a surveillance camera system?

Privacy Concerns

The risk of constant surveillance is that, well, you have constant surveillance. This can raise concerns about an invasion of privacy, especially if team members see the system as a lack of trust, or negatively impacting the quality of their work life. Digging a little deeper, if there is no formal consent on their part, this can become a sticking point for you as the employer in case of a workplace event.

A Deterrent, Not a Solution

As helpful as cameras can be, they ultimately don’t stop something illicit from happening. Your first line of defense are proper security measures and protocols, protecting both your physical assets and virtual workspaces.

Can Be Used Against You

While the chances are low, depending on your industry, tech-savvy intruders could hack into your security camera system to review, edit, or delete footage, as well as view your property. Wireless cameras are particularly vulnerable, compared to wired cameras that are directly connected to a central hub for storage.

Cost Can Be a Factor

Especially if you need more advanced features, a commercial security camera system can be expensive. High-res IP (Internet Protocol) cameras, boasting optical zoom and a wide field of vision, are extremely beneficial, but also a lot more expensive than older-school analogue cameras. You get what you pay for.

 


 

Are security cameras worth it?

Our final verdict? Despite the potential liabilities, security cameras are absolutely worthwhile.

The benefits outweigh the risks, especially if you go into the purchasing and setup process with your eyes wide open. Communicate with your team about why they’re being installed, how the system benefits/protects them, and what you will and won’t be surveilling.

You also may want a privacy policy to help keep everyone on the same page and eliminate ambiguity. “Two-party consent states” protect people from being recorded on the phone without their knowledge, making it particularly important to know your state’s guidelines for security footage as well.

 


 

How do I know which security camera system to buy?

Our best advice is to get professional input from an IT company; a team that can help you navigate your goals, must-have features, budget, and specific installation process. No one system perfectly supports every need and variable.

For a deeper dive into the considerations, take a look at our business security camera system buying guide.

Overall, you have three primary options:

  1. Analog CCTV System
    Extremely cost-effective, but low resolution, limited zoom, and fewer features and capabilities.
  2. HD-CVI Systems
    Go-to, leading camera system for HD surveillance (also called HD over coax)
  3. Network IP (Internet Protocol) Systems
    4K resolution, cutting-edge features, PoE (power over ethernet) capabilities… This is your highest-tech video surveillance option.

 


Have more questions? Contact Teltek today with any questions, and to discuss the right solutions for your business or organization. We’d love to help you find the perfect security cameras to protect your property and peace of mind.

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