Choosing the Right CCTV System for Your Commercial Property
When considering how to secure your business premises, a CCTV system is a valuable addition to your security strategy. It can help deter potential break ins and theft, providing security on-site round the clock.
However, getting the right CCTV system for your commercial premises is imperative. If your CCTV system isn’t tailored to your site requirements, then it can prove to be pointless in protecting your property.
CCTV Systems: An Introduction
There are many different types of CCTV camera available such as dome or bullet cameras, PTZ cameras (pan, tilt, zoom) among others. They also come with a range of features such as infra-red detection, night/day abilities or thermal imaging.
Alongside this, there’s also the option of utilising intelligent video analytics depending on the purpose of your CCTV system. Video analytics can monitor footfall, crowd control, track individuals and more.
How to Choose the Right CCTV System for Your Business
We recommend having a full site survey by a security professional rather than choosing your own CCTV system. But this guide quick CCTV guide will let you know what you need to be aware of and keep in mind when choosing a CCTV system.
Where the cameras will be located
Most CCTV cameras can be installed both inside and outside. However, some cameras are more suitable to hostile environments inside (manufacturing facilities for example) and constantly changing weather conditions outside. Warehouses and factories will need cameras more suitable to vibrations, dust in the atmosphere or changes in temperature. Outdoor cameras in colder environments may need a camera with an built-in heater, or rotating lenses to keep the camera view clear. The choice of camera depends on where it’s to be located and what it will be monitoring.
Which areas will be covered
The size of the area you wish to be covered by CCTV can also determine the best cameras for your system. Static CCTV cameras are the best choice for smaller areas, whereas for larger areas a PTZ camera may be the preferred choice as less cameras are needed.
Some CCTV cameras come with audio systems. This feature enables communication between intruders and your security team, or if your CCTV system is monitored, your alarm receiving centre can issue an audio challenge to site trespassers.
How the CCTV cameras will be used
You may wish to monitor people and your property discreetly. Whilst you still have to display signage to inform them they’re being monitored, smaller dome cameras may be the best choice as they are more easily concealed. However, you may wish to display that CCTV is evidently in use to deter would-be thieves. In this instance, larger cameras such as PTZ cameras may be the best choice.
Quality of Image
Image quality varies across the range of CCTV cameras on the market, so the resolution you require depends on the area you are monitoring and how much detail you require. Smaller internal areas or general monitoring from a distance may need standard resolution cameras. Whereas for large outdoor areas, or instances where close up detail is needed when focusing in, a high resolution camera will be required.
If you’re wanting your CCTV system to protect your business out of hours, then it’s a good idea to have CCTV system monitoring. If an intruder is detected on-site, a signal will be sent to a security operative at your Alarm Receiving Centre. They can immediately monitor footage, issue audio challenges, and initiate a police response.
For smaller systems where police response isn’t needed, you can have your CCTV system linked up to a smartphone, tablet or PC. This enables you to monitor your CCTV system yourself remotely.
If you have plans to extend your CCTV area coverage in future, or extend site for example then you need a CCTV system that is easily scalable. More cameras will need more storage so having a system whereby not only cameras but also hard drive space can be upgraded is a good solution.
CCTV Legal Requirements
You can install CCTV cameras in and around your commercial premises. However, you must display clear signage that informs people that they are being monitored by CCTV whilst on site. You must also ensure your CCTV system complies with the Information Commissioner’s Office Code of Practice and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). You can read more about how to ensure your security systems are compliant here.
From a single camera to a multi-camera 24 hour monitored system, Triple Star Fire & Security supply and install CCTV camera systems to protect your business in London and the Home Counties.
If you’re looking for a new CCTV system installation, additional works to an existing CCTV system or a service and maintenance contract then we can help.