Cameras and motion detectors are the bread and butter to really successful alarm systems for businesses. Alarms provide a fantastic and reliable service to business owners, helping them know when trouble is afoot. But alarms are nothing without the sensors and surveillance that alerts them to trouble. And when a business utilizes professional security to protect their employees and valuables from the threat of criminal activity, 24-hour monitoring by trained technicians is one of the best ways to ensure that a triggered alarm is acted upon immediately. If you are a business owner who is designing your security layout right now and you’re looking for tips that will help you make sure that cameras and motion detectors provide you the best coverage, then you’ve found your way to the right place. We’re going to talk about the 3 top locations for camera placement that will allow your security company to monitor your business and make sure you’re safe at all times.
The primary location for the placement of cameras is… YOU GUESSED IT! Your front and back doors. Most small businesses should not be designed with many more exits than the one at the front and the one at the back. This is on purpose. It is much more difficult to control and monitor innumerable exits than it is to care for two exits through which anyone who desires access to your business must come.
Placing cameras above the doors with a field of view that is only about 3 feet wide is the best bet to get an image that will actually be useable for facial ID. Of course there are weaknesses to this use of a camera. As subjects open doors often the lighting upon their face changes and the image might be completely obscured since the camera can not adjust fast enough. With cameras today many have a resolution of nearly 1080p, which is cinema quality resolution so they can adjust to new lighting faster.
Another suggestion is to place a monitor above the door so that those entering are drawn to look up at the bright image. As they look directly at the monitor you can often capture a complete face and that will provide you with superb identification later if needed.
Transaction or Valuables
If you’re a jewelry store you need cameras covering the goods. If you’re a repair shop you want a camera covering the area where customers will interact with your employees. Placing a camera to cover the valuables is fairly obvious logic, make sure that you’re protecting what is most likely to be stolen. Placing a camera over transaction areas is a way to monitor the interactions between your employees and customers. You can not only make sure your employees are handling business properly, but that your employees are defended in case a customer is enraged and makes accusations.
The third place for cameras is monitoring locations outside the business where shady things might go down, or criminals might want to hide. From dumpsters to parking lots and back alleys it is important to cover these areas well and prevent crime as much as possible.
Following these three points, which are fairly straightforward, is a fair guarantee that you’ll cover the trouble areas of your business and protect what’s important!