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Security Camera for Your Business

Posted by in Business: Security  ~  April 27, 2012 01:15:04 PM

When you’re running a local store business, one of the foremost considerations is security. Without security, you and your clerk (if you have one) will always be vulnerable to attacks. If you’re thinking that robberies are only in movies, think again. If you’re running a local store, you’ll be most likely susceptible to attacks more than anyone else. You’re just a sitting duck waiting for things to happen.

To combat this ever present danger, you need to send out a message to those who wanted to do harm for you. One of those options is to install cameras in your store. Cameras will be able to identify who went in and out in a specific time of the day. You can also catch shoplifters and report them for authorities so that justice could be meted out. Even your employees would be working diligently knowing something is always recording their actions.

But before you go and pay for the installation and equipment for your office camera, here are some things that you should remember. Most of the time, the company will be asking you these questions so you have to plan ahead for smooth transition and installation of your cameras.

1. The Number of Cameras

Usually we can’t really say how things will happen in certain place or time. We don’t just need one camera that points directly to the cashier but we need to install cameras in strategic areas – in the parking lot (or outside), storage area, backdoor, store premises and the managers office. This could be too much so you have to consider in doing away with others. Just make sure the store premises are covered.

2. Frames per Second (FPS)

If you have a video camera, you’ll understand this by now. Frames per second will determine the quality of the video. The higher the FPS rate, the more expensive each camera would get. Remember that a high quality camera could be good but not necessary, some parts of the store just needs a camera that could capture who comes in and out while there are some parts of the store that needs more quality.

3. Archiving Capacity

Our cameras will be useless if they cannot record and let us watch the video later when something unfortunate happened. Typically you’ll have the option of archiving the videos from seven to 14 days. You can even opt for a 60 day archiving option but it’s going to get pricier. Fourteen days should be enough for small businesses.

4. Upgrade

These cameras and all other things will have their own firmware that would be upgraded at anytime. But as much as possible, you have to get a product that’s already updated and could stay like it is for more than two years. That way you won’t need to take off the cameras or stop recording of your store.