“Trust but verify,” they say. You may trust your security systems, but how do you know if they’re really working? You check. With automated security systems, you can watch your business through your security cameras at a moment’s notice. All you need is a cell phone. You can also verify the security of your property.
By the same token, how do you know if your employees are really working when you’re gone? Trust but verify. It is perfectly possible with current technology to see them at any time.
Benefits of business security systems
Sure, it sounds great to keep a constant watch on your store and on your business, but what is the value in doing so? Can it be quantified?
In a way it can, but it’s different for every business. It depends on the assets that you want to protect. For instance, if a fire starts inside your office, video surveillance stored in the cloud can help you explain to insurance what happened, and collect in a situation where insurance might otherwise be loathe to pay.
Suppose a customer claims injury after slipping on your sidewalk, but you have video footage that disproves their claim?
There are a range of scenarios, from theft to disaster to accident, in which a business security system can save you large amounts of money. Individually, none of these are very likely, but together they add up to a compelling reason to keep a 24 hour watch on the business.
Finally, do employees really work harder when they’re being watched? The research is rather fuzzy on this topic. But a security system doesn’t just let you see if they’re working, it allows you to know how they’re working. You can see whether customers leave your store satisfied. You can see if one toxic employee is making problems for the others.
With business security systems, you can see it. You won’t have to rely on hearsay or guesswork.
Business security systems
“Sounds good,” you say. “What do I have to do to make this beautiful dream a beautiful reality?"
The pricing for a video surveillance system with cloud backup and professional installation will depend on how many cameras you need and some other factors. It's best to talk to a professional security consultant who can come out to your business. They can recommend where the cameras should go depending on what you are trying to capture. Once they have this information, they can create a quote to help you protect your business.
High margin businesses may find this to be a difficult investment to make. We understand. But in the long run there are plenty of reasons to think that it will save money. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Do I store valuable items in my office (cash, documents, etc)?
- Am I frequently away from the office?
- Do I want to know what my employees are doing while I’m gone?
- Do I live in a high-crime area?
If any of these apply to you, then you might consider a video surveillance system for your business. Trust but verify.