by Bethany Blakeney, Customer Service Coordinator/Sales Representative, NEM
Using video cameras in the workplace has been a subject of debate among employers and employees. Employees sometimes share concerns over being watched or monitored at work and view it as an invasion of their privacy. However, employers typically use video surveillance as a way to deter theft, vandalism and other incidents that can put employees and the company itself at risk. These are some of the ways in which this type of surveillance system can protect those in the workplace while also boosting productivity.
Lower Risk of Theft & Robberies
If you run a business that has a higher risk of theft or robberies, such as a financial business, a jewelry store or another type of retail store, having video cameras on the premises can help reduce the risk of break-ins and armed robberies. Even if a theft or robbery occurs, having video surveillance can make it easier to catch the criminals responsible.
Protection For Parking Areas, Back Alleys & Loading Docks
Video cameras can help keep areas that aren’t usually watched closely secure. This type of surveillance helps deter intruders in loading dock areas, which can help keep merchandise and other supplies on trucks from being stolen. Having this kind of security in parking areas has the added benefit of keeping customers as well as employees safer as they exit and enter your business. If your company opens onto a back alley, video cameras can keep employees safer whether they use this exit to leave and enter or use it for throwing out garbage. These cameras help discourage intruders from loitering around in these areas.
Improve Employee Productivity
The presence of surveillance cameras on the premises can improve communication between departments or buildings, allowing for heightened productivity.
Prevent Dishonest Claims
In instances where employees or visitors falsely attest to injuring themselves on your property, visual evidence from the facility’s security cameras can disprove such assertions, saving the hospital from pricey unwarranted insurance claims.
Resolve Employee Disputes
Employee disputes are easily resolved when clear visual proof is available. Surveillance cameras can shed light on incidents in question.
Continuous Real Time Monitoring
Cloud surveillance allows authorized employees to monitor critical areas continuously, in real time, from a PC or device.
Visual Evidence for Investigations
Surveillance cameras can provide invaluable visual evidence for investigations of criminal activity and other specific events that have taken place within or around facilities.
Reduce Insurance Costs
Insurance rates are determined primarily by risk. By having a surveillance system, you decrease the chances of loss and increase the chances that any criminals will be caught, thereby reducing your risk. As a result, your insurance costs may go down, and that helps your bottom line.