It’s tough to keep an eye on everything, especially if you are the owner or manager of a busy, growing organization. Well-placed security cameras can help. Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 10.57.21 AM

Security cameras can help you keep an eye out for accidents, theft and other adverse incidents, but they can only be helpful if they are installed and pointed in the right direction. Here are five key questions to ask as you decide where to place cameras:

Where do people enter and exit your facility? All access points should be considered, including main doors, side doors, loading docks and garage doors. Any place people can enter or exit has the potential for an accident or unwelcome activity. Cameras should be positioned both internally and externally, to keep an eye on traffic heading in either direction.

Where do transactions take place? Keep an eye on any place where money is changing hands, or cash is kept on hand.

Where are high-value items stored? Cameras should be positioned anywhere valuable inventory or equipment is stored. Protect any asset that is key to your operation.

Which areas are most at risk for accidents and other adverse incidents? If claims seem to originate from one area, pointing a camera in that direction might help you identify risk factors and keep an eye on risky behavior.

Which areas are low-traffic or obscure? Hallways, out of the way paths to the parking lot and other areas can also present a security risk. Keeping an eye on those areas may help discourage bad behavior.

Asking these five questions will help you keep an eye on what matters most – the safety and security of your facility.