CCTV cameras – how they can protect your business

CCTV cameras – how they can protect your business

One of the biggest issues that significantly impacts businesses is theft from their stock or cash-handling. As much as you may trust your staff to do the right thing, many businesses suffer from inventory loss due to internal theft.

CCTV allows you to monitor and identify any staff or members of the public that attempt to steal from your business. By placing CCTV cameras around your property, it can serve as a deterrent against any potential theft and gives you evidence if your business become a victim of this crime.

Safeguarding your employees

The staff in your business can become vulnerable to threats imposed on them from the public. Situations may arise in which customers threaten the safety of your staff. CCTV cameras not only document their actions, providing video evidence that can be used in Court, but more importantly can act as a deterrent against this behavior in the first instance.

The presence of cameras in your business can serve as a deterrent against staff members engaging in unacceptable behaviour towards each other or your customers.

Reducing the risk of vandalism

Vandals can present a serious threat to your business. CCTV surveillance can deter would-be vandals from damaging your premises by instilling a fear of being identified. The cost of installing CCTV systems that can prevent the activities of vandals can save your business thousands of dollars in potential repair costs.

Give you peace of mind

As a business owner, you want to know that your business is safe at all times. CCTV cameras are a cost-effective solution that will allow you to keep watch over your business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. CCTV access can be accessed from your smart devices, so you can keep an eye on your business remotely wherever you are.

Best practice tips

If you’re thinking about installing video surveillance, here are some helpful tips to follow for best practice:

  • Tell your staff and new employees in writing about the surveillance devices.
  • Clearly explain your expectations of staff in the workplace and their responsibility for upholding the organisation’s privacy obligations.
  • Ensure all cameras are clearly visible place signs at every entrance to let staff and customers know of the surveillance. Make sure you don’t install cameras in private areas such as fitting rooms, shower areas, toilets or change rooms.

Privacy and surveillance laws

Did you know that you need to consider the privacy laws if you have video surveillance in your workplace?  Employers are well within their legal rights to monitor employees, however there some strict limitations.

In New South Wales, the Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW) and the Surveillance Devices Act 2007 (NSW) provide a legal means for employers to monitor and record their employees.  However, the rights of the employees to have private conversations and expressions also need to be considered.

There is a difference between monitoring and recording someone or something either with their permission or at least after notice has been provided in accordance with the legislation and monitoring them in secret.  Significant penalties apply to business owners who get it wrong.

When problems occur with business security and safety is compromised, video data will be your best friend. CCTV footage can aid your business with identifying and taking action against troublemakers.

TKM Electrical hold a Class 2BC Security License and are specialists in CCTV security systems. For more information on how to protect your business call Troy on 0412 847 815.

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