Quality business surveillance systems are made up of cameras, DVRs, motion detectors, glass break and door sensors and other various devices. In designing a quality security system for your business it is important that you make the right decisions in which devices you will use and the placement of these devices. For most small business owners this is not a project you undertake every day, which means that it is important you get all the help you can NOW in the time that you need that information so that you don’t need to redo it all later. To offer some helpful guidance to you in your business surveillance system here is a list of 5 of the most common mistakes made by business owners in the design of their surveillance system.
1. Missing Sunrise and Sunset
Many business owners know their office layout incredibly well, but far fewer have walked their property at every hour of the day. This might sound like a strange piece of advice, but if you don’t exercise your legs and take advantage of the view morning, noon and night your camera layout will be lacking. It is important to see what happens when the sun goes down and the night is out. What sources of light are there? Is there an exterior lamp that goes on automatically that would cause a blind spot for your cameras? Does a busy road flash headlights at your business? Do windows reflect strongly in certain light? Is there a particularly dark corner that needs to be covered for safety reasons? When setting up cameras it is essential that you make sure that each light source and vulnerable spot is being properly covered.
2. Not Planning Ahead
If your building and landscaping are new then you’re guaranteed to have changes within the first few years of business. While this is great for your growth it can specifically affect your security position. If a sapling is beneath your camera now, it will be in front of it in a few years. If a new storage area is going to be put in place will it be covered by your security system?
3. Taking Cheap Over Quality
There are a lot of budget decisions that have to be made, that’s the way it is when it comes to business. So what are you going to choose to cut out? The vending machine? Or the quality cameras that your security company was offering? One of the greatest mistakes that business owners can make is assuming that cheap equipment is going to do a comparable job with quality equipment. Take your time and make sacrifices where necessary to have the security you need.
4. Assuming Wireless Means Better
In today’s world there are two types of wireless security systems: analog and digital. Analog systems are cheaper and many businesses will make the “cheap” mistake again. The truth is, wireless analog systems are not necessarily better AT ALL. The government has controlled what frequencies analog systems can broadcast. These frequencies end up experiencing interference all the time, making the broadcast unreliable and insufficient for good coverage. Choose digital wireless systems, or choose to use wired systems, which are consistent.
5. Using PTZ Cameras
PTZ cameras are incredibly impressive devices, providing the ability to pan, tilt, and zoom during live display AND during playback they are incredibly versatile. But unless you intend to have someone constantly monitoring your surveillance feed 24-hours a day PTZ cameras can be a waste of your money and time. Without someone controlling their manipulation these cameras only have one field of view, just like regular cheap surveillance cameras. Many crimes happen just out of view of these cameras because a business owner thinks the camera can cover the area by panning and tilting – which it CAN, but when not being remotely controlled it will miss everything out of frame. Instead choose to cover that area with two or three lower expense cameras and get the surveillance you really need.
Avoid these 5 mistakes and you’ll be able to avoid missing the moments that are really important for your business protection.