Whether you’re located in an area with a high crime rate or settled in a quiet, friendly neighborhood, you’ve seen surveillance systems in use. The systems have come a long way from your closed-circuit video recordings that would run on an unending loop, turning all footage into a fuzzy display of shadows. Despite what CSI would have us believe, you can’t simply improve your resolution by hitting the enhance button. In the event of an incident, old and outdated systems may not have the proper resolution to identify the guilty party.
Be aware of the limitations and capabilities of your current system. And if you don’t have a system, you may want to think about the added security of installing one. By installing and posting that a security system is in use, you are providing a level of preventative security to your property, deterring crime and vandalism, and protecting your assets. In addition to prevention and prosecution advantages, insurance premiums can often be reduced with the addition of certain security systems.
By posting that surveillance is in use at your business, patrons agree to be recorded while on the premise. However, a certain level of privacy must be observed too. Don’t be too quick to become Big Brother! Before you start recording, be aware that legal guidelines pertain to surveillance. PCSurveillance.net has posted an informative blog about the legal issues surrounding security cameras.
Is your system outdated? Has your surveillance system helped your property? Please share your experiences.