The best deterrent for burglary is equipping your business with a security system, which can range in cost and performance based on the size of your facility and surveillance needs. Not only can a professionally installed security system help deter crime, but electronic surveillance can also help reduce insurance costs — many insurance providers offer discounted rates when you buy security cameras for your store or office. 

With modern security products, you have access to remote video surveillance monitoring, wireless integration for instant remote notifications, and even access control to areas that need an extra layer of security.

According to the statistics compiled by the FBI, 60% of commercial burglary attempts happen after hours when employees aren’t at work. But state-of-the-art security systems never take time off, and the latest and greatest 4K cameras deliver crystal-clear images of unwanted intruders for business owners to supply to law enforcement. Over are the days of grainy footage and inadmissible video evidence; with an HD security system, the cameras truly don’t lie.

Learn more about the staggering difference between modern 4K security cameras and lower resolution cameras by reading What to look for when buying a 4K security camera.

If you’ve gotten this far, you know you need a surveillance system. While trained experts at Camera Security Now can help assist you with camera selectioninstallation and placement, and understanding your system, let’s delve further into the simple benefits of owning a security camera at your place of business.

Simple Integration and Monitoring

You could spend your entire security budget on the most expensive, state-of-the-art surveillance system that money can buy, but it won’t do its job effectively if it isn’t easy for business owners and managers to operate.  Because security systems usually don’t come ready to use out of the box, it’s important to take the time to work with an experienced security integrator and installer who will help you learn and understand how to operate your security system in a way that can best benefit your company.

A properly placed security camera not only deters potential thieves from breaking into your business but also provides crystal clear evidence of the incident that is admissible in court.

Because 60.5% of burglaries are forcible entry, it’s important to have security cameras placed in every potential place of entry, which is often easier said than done.

Conspicuously placed security cameras can not only help deter these types of entry but also help cut down on vandalism. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a single act of vandalism costs an average of $3,370.

Improved Productivity and Safety

While it’s obvious to have security cameras placed in areas where employee theft is possible, internal security monitoring also has additional benefits. Not only will your employees feel safer with surveillance in all of the entrances, exits, and parking lots; further internal security can also improve productivity. You can’t watch everyone, all the time. But with a watchful eye in the sky, you can monitor whether employees are working their full shifts or spending time goofing off. Employee monitoring is not just for recording possible incidents of theft anymore.

Are you overstaffed or understaffed? With the right security cameras, you can find out exactly what your employees are doing throughout the day and if any actions need to be taken in order to boost efficiency and productivity. Modern security systems even have employee monitoring software that can deliver notifications if your employees aren’t in the right work area, or if other problems occur.

Although internal cameras are useful to boost productivity and amplify feelings of safety at the workplace, you need to be careful not to breach anyone’s privacy. If you’re using your cameras to track employee movement, it’s important to explain that cameras are for their safety. Otherwise, you could risk losing employee trust and comfort in the workplace.

Scalability

Is your business growing? When you choose the right security camera provider and installer, you’ll always have the opportunity to expand your system. But if you try to install a system yourself, when you go to expand you’ll be guessing which security cameras are compatible with your NVR, not to mention with each other. When you choose a quality provider, adding and integrating additional security cameras onto your already established network is cost-effective and simple.

On the other hand, if your company chooses to research, purchase, and install a system without the advice of a trained professional, you could end up with a system that is either expensive to upgrade or unable to upscale. Without proper security training and knowledge of the latest products, you’re at risk of initial oversight that could end up making future expansion more costly and more difficult.

The world of IP surveillance systems has a new benchmark: 4K security cameras. Also known as 8-megapixel (8MP), 2020’s benchmark resolution for high-quality security cameras deliver crystal clear quality and the ability to capture even the smallest details like faces and license plates from a great distance away. Exhibiting 3840 x 2160 resolution, 4K surveillance cameras deliver about four times the video clarity as 1920 x 1080 or 1080p systems.

But the novelty of a 4K system goes beyond resolution; the true value comes from the features that your 4K camera supports, the configuration of your NVR, proper installation, and appropriate surveillance monitoring. 

All 4K security cameras are not built alike. Although true 4K security cameras will have at least 8-megapixel image sensors to deliver a 3840 x 2160 video, the best 4K cameras offer additional features.

The first thing you’ll notice when demoing a real 4K security system is the exceptional video clarity. These cameras were built to offer clearer details than any other camera on the market; you should notice a huge difference when comparing a 4K system to a 1080p one.

With four times the pixels, another fantastic feature particular to 4K cameras is superior digital zoom compared to systems with lower resolution. Unlike 1080p or 720p security systems, 4K systems allow you to zoom in 4x further while maintaining crisp details — without experiencing pixelation or loss of resolution.

Another feature you’ll notice with quality 4K systems is wide-angle viewing. Most 4K cameras come with a 2.8mm fixed lens, which allows the camera to see a larger, wider area than the next leading camera. Fewer cameras covering a larger area means you can cut costs while still having the capability of monitoring everything you need to see.

Next, you’ll want to make sure the 4K camera you’re looking at has powerful infrared night vision. What good is a camera if it can’t see in the dark? The best 4K security cameras come with powerful infrared (often referred to as IR) light sensors for clear viewing in total or partial darkness. On top of that, the best 4K cameras will also have wide dynamic range (sometimes referred to as WDR). WDR allows your cameras to capture images in areas with differing lighting conditions, like shadows in a parking garage.

If you are concerned that having a lower resolution camera system installed may prevent you from ever upgrading to 4K, don’t worry. All IP-based systems are connected using network cables, and while we recommend installing CAT6 cabling for security systems, CAT5E is sufficient for a 4K camera system. This means that if you want to upgrade to 4K in the future, when the price has come down and quality has gone up, you will be able to remove your old camera and install the new 4K camera using the same cabling.

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