What are the benefits of CCTV?

shutterstock_246556984It’s the New Year and for most of us, this means improving the way we do things. The same also goes for business owners too. Keeping ahead with your security means that you’ll be keeping ahead of any potential threats to your business, your people, and your premises. Feeling safe and secure in your own home is one thing, however, feeling safe and secure in the workplace is equally important.

And, if you’re keen to make sure that your business is safe and secure, then you’ve probably thought about installing CCTV.

So what are the benefits of CCTV?

  1. CCTV or Closed Circuit TV is used to both act as a visual deterrent and to monitor activity that takes place within your business or your home. Its rise in popularity over the past 50 years has meant that more and more businesses are using it as a form of security both internally and externally, to monitor staff and to monitor intruders.
  2. It’s a great way to secure your business if you’re on a budget. If you need to secure your business but don’t have the budget to afford a manned guard resource, CCTV can ensure that your business stays ahead. Camera technology has improved over the past few years and is now sharper and records in HD. Clearer images mean that you can easily identify intruders, staff or even trespassers. Some CCTV can connect to your smart phone so you can watch live feeds, no matter where you are!
  3. Security, on call, 24/7. Unlike manned guards or mobile patrols, CCTV records activity at your premises, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so it’s essentially the perfect employee. But to get the best out of CCTV, you need to pair it with a security provision that offers you a full service. A reputable total security services company will provide your business with a 24 hour monitored surveillance control rooms, guards, and alarms.
  4. Protect your employees, guests, and premises with CCTV. When people enter your business premises, they become your responsibility. CCTV cameras can give you, your business and employees and guests added protection and peace of mind from the threat of intruders, trespassers, and disgruntled customers or suppliers. Serious incidents, health and safety issues and dangerous situations can all be captured on camera and reviewed to ensure that they are not repeated in the future. If you or your business falls into a dispute or is a target for criminal activity, any recordings can be used to provide evidence.
  5. Lower your insurance premiums and your financial risks. One of the benefits of CCTV is that it can greatly reduce your premiums, making it a great way to ensure that your suppliers and investors keep an interest in your business. Installing CCTV demonstrates the levels that you go to ensure that your business and assets are protected, making it a financially viable option.

On its own, CCTV is a great method of prevention, however, it really benefits business owners when it is teamed with additional security services that form part of a wider security focus. For more details about the benefits of CCTV, read our CCTV article or find out more about it can be the ideal addition to your security provision.

Why corporate security matters

In an age where everything is accessible at the touch of a button or accessed remotely, something as simple as corporate security can often be overlooked. And as the old adage goes “prevention is better than cure”, and we like to think the same can be said for corporate security services. It’s better to prevent a potential security risk, then it is to try and work through the issues when a problem sets in!

Seen by some businesses as a ‘nice to have’, corporate security is so much more than just fancy security guards patrolling your premises. In fact, corporate security should definitely be a staple for all businesses looking to protect not only their staff and premises but also protect against loss of confidential information.

In recent years, corporate security has seen a resurgence and many businesses across the UK are seeking guidance from total security experts in creating bespoke security packages that fit the needs and requirements of the business or businesses.

Still not sure why corporate security matters? We’ve put together some FAQs below:

 

So why is corporate security so important to businesses?

A similar trope would be, “how long is a piece of string?”, the only way corporate security can truly be quantified is when a potential threat isn’t a risk to a business. For instance, a highly trained and experienced corporate security team would be able to plan for all potential threats and risks to a business and/or people and premises, and, would be able to stop these issues from becoming major problems.

Without a proper security provision, a business would be in immediate threat from loss of confidential information, break-ins or damage to premises etc. As we’ve previously said, “prevention is better than cure”!

What does an effective corporate security team look like?

No, we’re not going into the great detail of the uniforms they might wear, instead, let’s look at what duties a professional corporate security team typically perform. Duties can range from the following:

  • Front of house reception
  • Vehicle searching
  • Patrolling the sites inside and out
  • Access control
  • Dealing with alarms
  • Monitoring of CCTV
  • Plus much more…

And it goes without saying, that a professional security provision will also be in uniform, so they not only offer a visual deterrent but also stand out among the crowd.

What training is required?

To ensure that the best service is achieved, corporate security staff need to be highly skilled and experienced. Most reputable security services companies won’t hire staff unless they are fully SIA Licensed. So the same should go if you’re hiring – always ensure that your security staff is properly licensed.

How should I choose the right corporate security service?

We recommend two main tips for selecting the very best security staff, no matter whether you require 24/7 ongoing security or a short-term security solution:

  1. Check that the company is reputable. One of the best ways is to find out how they vet and train their staff. Are they fully SIA Licensed? Do they pride themselves on continuous professional development? And what types of services do they offer, are they specialists in one area or do they offer a total security service?
  2. Read the client testimonials. We find that this is an effective way of ensuring that people are happy and confident in the service being provided.

Security matters, and in particular, corporate security matters. If you’re serious about business, then this is definitely one element that shouldn’t be overlooked!

The Rise of CCTV

Here’s a question for you. Which country has the most CCTV cameras per head? If Control-Roomyou were thinking the USA, China or Japan, you’d be wrong. It’s actually the UK! That’s right, according to those in the know, there are approximately 2.5 million CCTV cameras in the UK alone, and that makes up almost 20% of the world’s cameras. Incredibly, though, it’s thought that there is apparently one CCTV camera for every 14 people.

What does CCTV stand for?

CCTV stands for Closed Circuit TV and these surveillance cameras are used by security services, businesses, domestic properties across the country.

Do I need CCTV?

For those who want to know that they are fully protected from criminal activity such as thefts, criminal damage, intruders etc., CCTV plays a huge role. It’s been proven to be a highly effective form of deterrent and more and more businesses are looking for SIA approved companies offering security services to manage their CCTV provision. It’s fast becoming one of the most sought after security service in the UK.

Some total security services companies will also provide a 24 hour monitored CCTV service. This means that highly trained and experienced staff will monitor the camera footage and also inform you if any alarms on your property have been triggered.

If you’re interested in getting CCTV for business use or even domestic use, you’ll want to find a reputable security company who can install and manage the CCTV on your behalf. Ideally, you’ll want to work with a company that can offer you a range of security services, such as CCTV, key holding, manned guarding and mobile patrol services. Each of these areas works in conjunction with the other.

Having the addition of CCTV as part of your security provision makes perfect business sense to ensure that your livelihood is protected from the outside, in.