There are several legitimate reasons why employers or business owners choose to use CCTV systems for their business, and it is important to note that monitoring employees and business premises can be lawful. The reasons may include:
- Keeping employees safe and secure by preventing violence or theft:
While one of the reasons a business owner installs a CCTV system may be to monitor whether or not his staff is stealing, it is also vitally important to manage the safety and security of employees, which is possible by installing a CCTV system at a business.
- Preventing thievery, laziness, deliberate damage or other delinquency:
A CCTV system allows business owners and managers to observe the behaviour of their staff, whether it is positive or negative. This will increase the productivity of the workforce, as those who are showing misconduct or are breaking company law can be dealt with and undeniable proof given at any disciplinary hearings or court proceedings.
- Ensuring – and recording – that health and safety procedures are being followed:
If you are a business that deals with food items or are a construction company, adhering to strict health and safety procedures is vital for the success of your business. A business CCTV system will allow employers to see who is following these procedures correctly and who is not.
Benefits of CCTV systems for businesses
CCTV holds great benefits to your business, some of which include the following:
- Reduce cost and risk:
A full view of your business premises, both inside and outside, as well as real-time recording and remote access can reduce cost and risk by deterring and preventing crime and theft both inside and outside your business walls. This can help in increasing the profit of your business as well as decreasing the risks incurred.
- Increase productivity and accountability:
Your staff will have no choice but to work hard once they know that management is monitoring their moves – this is fantastic, as it will increase profits and . Installing a CCTV system for your business will also increase the honesty of your staff, as you will be able to have definitive, recorded proof of the goings-on in your business, removing the need for dishonesty and incorrect accusations among your staff.
- More control over your business:
Installing a well-designed CCTV system allows for complete control over both the grounds and interior of your business. You will be able to have an almost impenetrable fortress, and have visual access to the most vulnerable areas of the property. Another advantage of such a comprehensive system, is that your monitoring will not be hindered by human error – such as a security guard who has stepped out to use the facilities or who has snuck off to take a personal phone call – which will allow you to have more control over who enters and exits your property.
- Safer work environment and assists with training:
Your employees are the lifeblood of your business, so creating a safe work environment is vital – this is one of the major advantages of using CCTV systems for businesses. You will be able to monitor who has access to your property and your employees, and plan a process to implement in such cases. You will also have access to high-risk and accident-prone areas.
If you have training programs in place, a CCTV system will allow you to monitor those taking part, and ascertain who is fully benefitting from the training and who is actually attending the courses or programs. This can help with saving time and money on training programs, as you will be able to implement more effective programs for those who really need and/or want to take part in them.
- Number 1 Crime deterrent:
CCTV systems are shown to be the Number One crime deterrent for businesses and homes, as criminals consider them to the top deterrent. CCTV on the exterior of your business property will allow you a complete view of who may be attempting to enter the property unlawfully, and you can immediate action – bump up your security level by using a remote view CCTV system, so that even if you are away from the office, you will be able to alert security teams and the police to any suspicious activity.
- Insurance premium may be reduced:
By utilising high-resolution cameras, you will be able to accurately capture the activities of your work place and alerting your insurance company to the fact that you have this extra level of security in place may reduce your current insurance premium. If your business is seen as less of a crime target, your premiums may drop, which can save your business money and allow for a more accurate pay-out if property is stolen, lost or damaged (and caught on camera). If any unsubstantiated claims are laid against you, a CCTV system can help to prove or disprove these claims.
The list of advantages of using CCTV systems for businesses is seemingly endless, but there is something highly important to note, in South Africa, the law is strict regarding CCTV in businesses, whether retail or not.
According to the Privacy Act, you must place signs in and around your property stating that the people and building are being watched by a CCTV system. If this is not done, the footage will not be permissible in a court of law and will not be usable by your insurance company. You are not allowed to place cameras in areas such as toilets or locker rooms.
You will find that installing a CCTV system for your business will deter both internal and external crime rates, as employees will innately work harder if they are aware of being watched – install one with Iron Curtain Security today and see your profits and productivity increase!