After considering your basic physical security requirements, such as exterior lighting, locks, alarms, and landscaping, a good digital video surveillance system is the next step in protecting your business and providing your employees with a safe work environment. The following are guidelines offered by the SPIN Security Advisory Council to inform the business community of the type and quality of digital video surveillance systems available in today’s marketplace. These security recommendations represent an important step towards developing and implementing a sound overall security plan. This document is not meant to take the place of a security professional but was created to provide businesses with general guidelines for maximizing digital video surveillance.

Return on Investment (ROI)
Video surveillance makes good business sense and is a necessary tool in today’s vulnerable business environment. Digital video provides not only security but an easy to use management tool. Just think of each camera as a dedicated employee, who works 24 hours a day without taking a coffee break, vacation or sick day. Most of all, your electronic employee has a memory that does not forget, is accurate and provides a true return on investment.  The effective use of digital video surveillance equipment can reduce liability & workers’ compensation premiums, fraudulent insurance claims, and may assist in the prevention and apprehension of dishonest employees and customers. Today’s technology also provides the ability to watch your business remotely from home or other locations.

There are numerous types of cameras and digital video recorders to fit various applications. Entrance/exit cameras, cash register/counter cameras, interior cameras, exterior cameras and digital recorders are the basic components of a digital video surveillance system.  When designing a digital video recording system, it is better to utilize fewer cameras of higher quality recording at higher resolution than utilizing many lower resolution cameras.

It is important that the installer of your system be licensed by the New York State,
Department of State, Division of Licensing Services.  In addition, you have the right as a consumer to request a certificate of liability insurance from the security vendor.

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