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Public safety through public cameras

Companies looking to up their security systems with exterior video surveillance may be doing a public service for safety and security of their neighbors.

Your building may be considering adding in video surveillance for simple issues:

  • Entry of employees or customers during business hours
  • Monitoring of trespassers during off-hours

Now that there are so many more companies installing this kind of equipment, when needed, law enforcement is able to use footage to solve cases… from break-ins on the same block to stolen cars from the street, and more. While this may not have been the impetus for the system, it is a responsibility we as business owners take on.

Things to consider when installing a video surveillance system:

  • Once your equipment is in, what kind of support do you have for it? You don’t want to install it and never monitor it. Determine whose role and responsibility it is to do so.
  • Do you (or the person responsible) know how to properly use the system, to check that it’s functioning properly, to be sure it’s recording and that it is properly backing up?
  • Do you have a plan for which alarms should be set up, and have you checked to be sure they are, indeed, functioning? Examples might be a package sitting in your front lobby for a period of time, a person entering a prohibited area and you can even have a system check to see if people are properly social distancing.

Remember there is a reason why you put that system in.

Be sure you have it functioning properly once installed, and that someone is responsible for it.

If your team needs help with any of these issues (even with securing someone to be responsible for the equipment and footage), we can help. Reach out via our contact page or give us a call at (800) 567-1180.

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