Commercial and industrial organisations need to invest significant sums in safeguarding their business, and that includes protecting their people, their premises and their assets. CCTV has long been established as the most effective method in providing this critical element of security, and systems can be designed to either be discreet or to act as a deterrent. Either way, you need peace of mind that your business is protected, which allows you to focus on day-to-day operations and targets and long term strategies.
Identifying where CCTV is most needed can be difficult. Of course, every business is different, so you need to analyse your operations and premises and undertake a thorough risk assessment to identify where vulnerable and weak spots exist, where high traffic areas are and where blind spots can be eliminated. A professional CCTV designer and installer can help you with this and can apply fundamental principles to any type of business, but generally speaking, these are the five areas of a business where CCTV is essential:
Car parks and entrances
These are always likely to be high traffic areas, so you need to monitor who is coming in and out of the business, even from a safety and insurance point-of-view, before you even consider theft and vandalism. You should have systems and procedures in place for managing authorised access, and a CCTV system allows you to monitor this. Reception areas sometimes open directly onto the street, but front car parks are also an obvious place for someone to gain access to a business, so these should be monitored by CCTV at all times.
Your business may own premises that aren’t being used at present, and this is particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic, where staff may be working from home or on furlough long term. Whatever the reason, vacant properties present a huge risk of vandalism and theft, so you need 24/7 surveillance of these premises to highlight trespass and unauthorised access. As a business owner you still hold liability for the health and safety of people on site, even when the property is un-used, so you need to monitor this at all times.
There are a number of potential issues that arise daily with construction sites, which means 24/7 CCTV surveillance is essential. By their very nature, construction sites are left in an ‘unfinished’ state at the end of every day, this means that the physical state changes every day and hazards will exist. You need strong procedures for overnight and weekend shutdowns to ensure the site is left safe on each occasion because you have health and safety liability, CCTV can help you monitor this and ensure the procedures are sufficiently robust. There will also be tools and equipment stored on site, and construction vehicles also, which may be visible and therefore provide temptation and an opportunity to unauthorised personnel.
Whilst fire procedures state that all fire exits should be kept shut, inevitably people do use them as regular doors, because they can be more quick and convenient than the proper entrances. Fire exits may not see much regular traffic, but they are often left propped open and particularly in a 24/7 operation, this can present a weak spot in your site security and can quickly become known to someone who might be watching your operations from close by. This is an obvious point to monitor with CCTV.
First and foremost, warehouses store valuable goods so you need to protect these areas with CCTV monitoring. There is also a lot of in and out traffic on a daily basis, and often doors are left open for long periods, so it is easy for undetected opportunists to take advantage and you need to prevent this. Ideally, you should have CCTV cameras on the outside monitoring who is coming in and out, but also on areas of the inside to detect what someone might be stealing or damaging.
First Response Group can design and install a tailored CCTV system which incorporates the very latest technology in terms of footage quality and ease of sharing, but also in smart detection and intuitive surveillance. We can also install CCTV towers with rapid deployment, to provide 24/7 coverage whether temporary or long term. These are high quality systems which can be set-up quickly and can also be self-powered, making them a fast and effective security measure with great flexibility, so get in touch with First Response Group today and we can design a bespoke CCTV solution for you.