Key Benefits of CCTV for Your Business

The statistics tell us there are currently over 5.2 million CCTV cameras operating in the UK as of the end of 2021. This statistic means that there is one security camera for every thirteen people in the United Kingdom.

In addition to this, 96% of the CCTV systems are used for business security as access control devices, but they are also often used in home security systems to deter break-ins.

Protecting yourself, your employees, and your valuables is about more than saving on the cost of damage and loss. It’s about providing peace of mind to yourself and others – and that’s why CCTV security cameras are a must for the modern home and business.

In this overview, we take a look at the advantages of CCTV security systems, how you can ensure your CCTV systems are compliant with the GDPR, and what you can do if you’re worried about your property’s current security status.

Advantages of CCTV Security Systems

Making use of CCTV security systems is undoubtedly advantageous. Below is a quick look at some of the top advantages of installing a decent CCTV security system on your premises.

Crime Prevention

Surveillance cameras are effective deterrents for burglars looking for opportunities and other criminal activity such as hijacking, muggings, knife crime, vandalism, violence, harassment, bullying and intimidation, drug deals and so on. According to Calipsa statistics, 16 out of 100 crimes can be deterred by the mere presence of CCTV cameras.

Car parks with 100 cars and CCTV cameras displayed have 51 crimes prevented. Of course, where the cameras are used makes a difference.
While the same statistics show us that security cameras do not as effectively deter violent crimes, they still play a role as a crime deterrent, just to a different degree.

Video surveillance can identify and track suspects who are caught on camera. This can be an invaluable security tool for the small business, especially when CCTV cameras can provide a 24-hour set of “eyes” where there’s a security blind spot, thus reducing vandalism, break-ins, and other criminal activities.

Provides Camera Footage for Evidence

Crimes take place all around us, and the majority of the time, there are no witnesses available, or if there are, they may fear speaking up to help the victims. This is where CCTV monitoring plays a major role in providing camera footage permissible in a court of law and helpful to law enforcement authorities.

In some instances, evidence can be acquired to identify a suspect positively. In other cases, the CCTV footage may serve as a part of the bigger picture or a “puzzle” piece to help solve a crime or a mystery. Either way, a business CCTV system and a private home CCTV system can fast track the outcome of an incident.

A great example of this happening rather effectively is when the London riots took place in England between 6 and 11 August 2011. Thousands of people took to the streets of their towns and cities and proceeded to participate in acts of looting and arson, resulting in the subsequent death of five people.

Undoubtedly, many looters and arsonists thought they could never be caught, but CCTV footage images of the suspects were hosted on Flickr and the Metropolitan Police website, leading to over 4,000 people being arrested. As a business owner during the London riots, you may have been thankful for the arrest of those responsible for destroying your business premises and property!

Monitor Staff Performance & Safety

In the past, business owners would have relied on clock cards and sign-in registers to keep track of staff members’ hours worked. However, the larger the company, the more complex timekeeping could become. Poor time and attendance register strategies can impact the business negatively in several ways:

  • Productivity can take a dip, thus resulting in less income and profits for the business.
  • Client dissatisfaction can also become a point of contention if staff members aren’t at their posts on your business premises during the required times.
  • The business can waste money by paying for hours that staff members have not worked.

Without some form of monitoring, your business can also suffer in the following ways:

  • You can never dispute performance on the business premises floor as you won’t have a way of tracking.
  • When accidents or safety incidents happen in the workplace, you won’t have a way to verify or handle the dispute.

CCTV surveillance can mitigate all of these weaknesses in your business operation. With proper monitoring, your CCTV security cameras enable:

  • Effective timekeeping and attendance
  • Proper monitoring of safety procedures
  • Keeping an eye on productivity

Visibility of Business Premises

With a modern camera system, business owners, managers and security personnel have the option of keeping an eye on the business premises remotely. This eliminates the need to have a security guard on duty for many hours a day. CCTV systems allow for remote visibility of the premises without physical presence.

This system detects movement and sends an alert to the correct personnel. Professionals monitoring the system can then determine the proper action to take. This remote setup can save your business money in the long run and eliminate the risk of human error (and oversight).

Reducing Insurance Premiums

CCTV surveillance systems are ideal for reducing insurance premiums for both homes and businesses in the UK. Insurance companies consider a premises’ low risk’ if the property owner can provide increased security measures that thwart possible burglaries and provide evidence in the event of a break-in, fire outbreak, vandalism or another form of activity on the property.

Having CCTV cameras installed on the premises will safeguard you in making a burglary claim or any other type of insurance claim on the property. That said, not all insurance companies specifically offer a discount for insurance premiums in the UK just because CCTV cameras are present.

Most insurance companies will want this paired with actual entry deterrents such as locks on the doors and windows, physical presence in the home, an active burglar alarm, a lockable safe, and a neighbourhood watch (or security presence) to determine the final premium on your insurance.

Peace of Mind

Having a CCTV system in the workplace can create peace of mind for employees and employers. We often think about CCTV and assume that it’s there to make customers feel more secure and help business owners monitor their employees. On the flip side, the benefits of CCTV extend beyond that in the workplace.

Employees working for a company that provides a monitored security system can feel safer knowing that if anything happens (robbery, fire, accidents) while at work, help can be on the way. Employees can also have the peace of mind that their time and attendance is accurately tracked, and their productivity levels can never be unfairly disputed. And if there’s an incident in the workplace, it can be investigated accurately and the correct course of action taken.

With this in mind, it is evident that CCTV footage can be beneficial to both employer and employee when correctly used.

Reduce Security Costs

Every business owner wants a cost-effective way of running. Security cameras onsite can reduce your security-related costs quite effectively. When installing CCTV cameras, you can reduce the number of security personnel or key holders who need to be physically present at your business premises 24 hours a day.
In addition, security cameras and alarm systems that are linked to internet protocol can alert you utilising email and mobile phone notifications of unauthorised access to the premises or movement in areas where there should be none at specific times.

Hiring personnel to work late at night can be costly. Still, with high-quality CCTV cameras with infrared support, you can monitor your business premises and security at all times of the day or night without affecting your security budget.

The mere presence of a CCTV camera system or access control system will keep productivity levels high. And you can use your surveillance footage as evidence if someone tries to process a false claim against the business.

Are You GDPR Compliant?

As a business premises owner making use of CCTV surveillance systems, you mustn’t infringe on the rights and safety of others. As such, your CCTV system must be compliant with the regulations set out in the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) that came into effect in 2018. This stipulates how a business can collect and process the personal data of members of the public.

To be GDPR compliant, you must be transparent about collecting CCTV footage and provide a good reason. For example, you can display a sign that advises members of the public that CCTV systems are operating on your premises and give a reason why.

You must also collect data and footage essential to the cause and periodically check and then delete all unnecessary data. The collected data must only be accessible to specific role players in the security system, and you must carry out data protection impact assessments before you install your system.

If a member of the public or law enforcement asks to receive a copy of the recorded data, you must put in reasonable effort to retrieve it and provide it. If you can comply with this, your system should be GDPR compliant.

Are You Worried About Your Property’s Security?

IP CCTV (internet protocol closed-circuit television systems) enables business owners to keep track of what is happening at their business premises remotely in real-time

This high-quality surveillance technology is suitable for a wide range of business types and locations, offering comprehensive security solutions such as intruder alarms, motion detection, CCTV recording, and of course, access control.

Whether you need an SME surveillance system for a single location or technology that can integrate with your systems across multiple sites, IP CCTV is a viable solution. Contact the commercial CCTV team at Satori Risk today for an obligation-free quote on IP CCTV installation within your business.