Smile, You're Caught On Camera: Why Small Businesses Need to Focus Their Security Efforts Close to Home


As a business owner, there is nothing more important than making sure your location and the products inside are safe. You’ve worked hard for what you have, but the unfortunate truth is that crime can happen anywhere and at any time. 

You can check and and double check your locks all you want. But time and time again, criminals have proven that locking your door and setting an alarm isn’t enough. That’s why security cameras are a must-have for any business owner who is invested in making sure that their products and employees are safe. These devices not only allow you to see who is where at any given time, they allow you to record any instances of theft and make catching a criminal that much easier. 

Purchasing a reliable security camera system can obviously aid in preventing some serious issues. There are so many other reasons to invest in video surveillance too, although some of them aren’t quite as obvious. 

Preventing Internal Theft 

Not only can security cameras help catch a customer attempting to steal your product, but it can also help resolve a situation if you believe that someone from within your company is doing the stealing. Considering that the U.S. Department of Commerce says 75% of employees are responsible for theft, a surveillance system can help you determine whether a member of your staff is part of that statistic or not. The only way to guarantee you’re able to catch them in the act is with a security camera system. You can use the video as proof that someone you thought you could trust isn’t so trustworthy. 

And it’s not just about catching the thief, either. If employees know that they are being watched, they may rethink their decision to take what isn’t theirs. Either way, internal theft is easy to prevent if you invest in the right surveillance equipment. 

Preventing Crime With Presence 

In many situations, the visible presence of a camera alone may be enough to scare a thief away. It’s key to place cameras throughout the premises at points of sale, by entrances and exits, behind reception desks, and in remote areas such as closets. When it comes to having cameras, simply having them isn’t enough. Being strategic with your placement can really help reduce any potential theft. 

If you’re wondering where the best external surveillance locations are, look no further than points of entry, poorly-lit areas, and building corners. To get the full benefit of a surveillance system, it’s important to place cameras both internally and externally. 

Making the decision to install security cameras throughout and around your business means you’re not only protecting your product, but protecting your employees and yourself as well. You’ll be able to catch someone in the act of theft, and even have hard evidence in the case of prosecution. The implementation of security cameras can help take your safety precautions to a level far beyond simply locking the door.




Sean Nolan is the founder and operations director of Streamline Telecom. Prior to starting the company in 2006, he spent nearly two decades working as an electrical contractor, including 12 years at G-Systems Inc. He has a BS in math and statistics from SUNY, and has achieved the BICSI RDD certification (he is certified as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer by the Building Industry Consulting Service International). What Sean enjoys most about his work is finding creative solutions to his client’s problems by offering unconventional but effective suggestions.





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