3 Reasons Your Company Should Already Have Surveillance Cameras

April 1st, 2022

A lot can happen in a workplace.  Customers and clients can steal things big and small, employees can take advantage of their employer’s trust and take money out of the till, angry visitors can make a scene and threaten to sue, and vandals can spray-paint walls or destroy furniture.  It’s a lot for any manager to keep track of, but that’s why many businesses don’t leave it to a single manager to see and keep track of everything.  Companies like restaurants, retail stores, high-tech startups, hotels, and more all invest in strong security systems, and that includes surveillance cameras.

Modern surveillance cameras are incredibly advanced even compared to just a few years ago.  Without breaking your wallet, you can buy an HD camera with a wireless IP connection that records both locally and on a cloud server, and you can access both the recordings and the live feed from anywhere using a security app that gives your phone a remote connection.  But if you worry more about results than about technology, there are several good reasons you should invest in a good set of cameras.

  1. Deterrence

Scientific studies back it up:  a visible camera can cause fewer crimes to take place as employees and customers both realize that someone could be watching.  It’s not foolproof and it doesn’t stop every potential criminal from taking action, but this deterrence factor allows surveillance systems to pay for themselves in loss prevention.  You can also get this effect by installing fake cameras, but employees can figure out when a camera is fake and you won’t get any of the other benefits.

  1. Employee Supervision

Surveillance cameras capture more than just criminal actions, they also show you what your employees are doing during a regular day on the job.  Are they working hard or slacking off?  Do they treat the customers right or do they ignore them until the customer leaves?  While a camera might not show you everything that’s going on during a particular incident, it’s a much more objective source of facts than any person could be.

  1. Evidence Collection

Video records from security cameras are solid evidence in most courts around the country.  Video evidence helps the police track down robbers, burglars, and thieves, and you can present it as evidence if someone files a civil lawsuit against your company.  You can also use video recordings to back up any claims you file with your insurance company following a theft, a fire, or a natural disaster.  A remote backup on a cloud server helps with this last task since the server won’t get caught in the same fire or disaster.

Security is important no matter what kind of business you run, and surveillance cameras should be a central part of that security.  They can deter criminal acts, they give you evidence for court battles and insurance claims, and they can even monitor employee performance to some extent.  At Security Feed, we know all about surveillance technology, so contact us directly if you’d like more information.

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"I had Tim install an Alibi Video Security System at my residence and a couple business locations. The remote view option is invaluable to absentee owners or anyone who travels a lot. The clarity and quality of the cameras have allowed for viewing employee theft. The evidence provided from the HD video cameras was fantastic! Tim was professional and provided extra value from his law enforcement background."

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John M.

"In April of 2017, my husband and I made a phone call to Crime Free Living that turned out to be a smart and wise decision. Amazingly, in just a few hours, Tim installed four Dome Security Cameras, weatherproof enclosures, and hooked up into our home a 23" Full HD Widescreen Security Monitor. Even more than his professional expertise was the time spent with us in making sure that this system was working correctly and properly installed on our phones so that anywhere in our travels we can monitor our new home in Magalia."

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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images Certifications & Training

With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators