4 Reasons To Install Parking Lot Cameras

August 23rd, 2019

You might think that your business in Chico, CA only needs surveillance cameras inside the building. However, outdoor cameras that watch your parking lot areas are also important, because your parking lot is part of your property and you have a responsibility to keep it safe and secure for employees and customers.  In fact, there are several specific examples that parking lot cameras can help you with.

1. Hit-And-Run Incidents

Parking lots are full of vehicles packed together with barely enough room to move around each other.  They also have many pedestrians moving to and from their vehicles.  Bad parking jobs, inexperienced drivers, distracted drivers, and drunk drivers can all contribute to accidents, and while most are nothing more than a dented bumper or a bit of scraped paint, some parking lot accidents can be very serious.  If the driver responsible chooses to run instead of facing the consequences, your surveillance system can help the police track down the driver.

2. Theft Deterrence

Most security cameras are visible and easy to make out, and many business owners add to this by posting signs in the parking lot to warn visitors about the video surveillance.  This is because surveillance has a proven deterrence effect, and potential car thieves will change their minds or choose a different parking lot to steal from if they think someone could spot them or identify them later.  If a thief acts anyway, you’ll have valuable footage of the incident that the police can use later.

3. Drug Deal Deterrence

Drug dealers in Chico, CA often choose parking lots to exchange their product.  If they come in the middle of the night the parking lot is quiet, they can see people coming from far away, and they can quickly come and go without many people seeing them or thinking anything suspicious is happening.  However, they are much less likely to choose a parking lot with cameras installed since the cameras can record the exchange and spot the license plates on the cars.

4. Liability Protection

Since parking lots are part of a business’s property, keeping it in good condition is part of the owner’s responsibilities.  Some people will take advantage of this to sue business owners for damages they apparently incurred because of damaged pavement, narrow parking lanes, noncompliance with handicapped access laws, and so on.  Parking lot cameras can capture the incident and question and make it nice and clear whether the person with the complaint has a valid point or whether they’re trying to take advantage of the system.

A parking lot surveillance system can spot all of these issues and more.  They help law enforcement, they let your security staff spot problems in real time, they deter criminals from acting where your cameras can see them, and they can protect you against civil lawsuits.  If you want to know which cameras and what setup would be best for your Chico, CA business, be sure to contact Crime Free Living and get an expert opinion.

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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
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