Use Your Business Surveillance System Wisely

August 16th, 2019

Buying a surveillance system for your business is a good step to securing your company and protecting your property and employees from thieves, lawsuits, employee theft, and harassment.  However, it’s just as important to use and maintain your security system properly.  After all, a security alarm does you no good if you never arm it and a security camera won’t help if you never check the footage.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when using your business surveillance system.

Practice Good Network Security

Today’s surveillance cameras use internet protocol (IP) signals to send their feeds to your recording device and monitors.  This can be through a wireless connection, but while the feed is usually encrypted it’s possible for a hacker to intercept the signal or break into the recording computer and wipe the data.  Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep the feeds secure.

  • Never keep the default passwords or use common passwords like “12345678.”  Use complex passwords and change them every three months.

  • Never put your cameras on a public Wi-Fi network that your regular employees or guests can use.

  • Always choose cameras that can encrypt their feeds automatically.

  • Always use firewalls and antivirus software to secure your computer network.

  • Keep a backup of several months of recordings on a separate computer, preferably a remote server.

Avoid Surveillance Liability Lawsuits

People have a reasonable right to privacy, and that includes employees on the job.  That’s why you can’t put cameras in places like toilet stalls or locker rooms.  Illegal things might happen there, but you can’t use surveillance cameras to spot them.  The exact laws on video and audio surveillance are often different in each state, so do some research on where you can and can’t put cameras before you start installing them.

Consider Extra Features

Today’s security cameras can come with a ton of useful features.  Some of these features may be more useful than others depending on your budget and the needs of each camera location, but they include:

  • Pan-tilt-zoom cameras you can control remotely.

  • AI cameras that can automatically record when they sense movement, track moving people and objects, and send alerts to your smartphone.

  • High-definition cameras that capture video in much more detail than old SD models

  • Low-light cameras that can adjust automatically to nighttime conditions or switch to an infrared mode that can see in total darkness.

  • Weather-resistant camera housings that can stand up to outdoor exposure for years at a time.

  • Remote access recording systems that let you store recordings on cloud servers and access live feeds using a secure smartphone app.

A good surveillance system should use modern equipment and useful features.  However, if you want to get the most out of it you need to know how to use it and where you should place each camera.  At  , we offer our customers a wide range of cameras along with years of experience with surveillance techniques and technology.  Contact us today to setup an initial consultation.