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We work with businesses nearly every single day who ask us about surveillance cameras, and why they should have them. We like to ask clients why they think they need a camera system, and the reasons vary. The reality is most businesses don’t actually know why they need cameras. Here is a list to think about when you’re considering a system:

Don’t go cheap

If you’re going to do something, do it correctly. There is nothing more frustrating to a business owner than finding out something happened, and then not having usable video. We find that most clients could spend just a little more than they originally budgeted, and their system would be drastically better.

Another factor to consider is if you have a good IT and surveillance infrastructure, it can be built on for years to come. If you don’t spend the money in the beginning for a good setup, then down the road it will be very expensive to add on to it.

You do need cameras everywhere

Many business owners tell us they don’t need cameras inside their business, just outside. That’s far from reality. Often times business owners are afraid to install cameras inside their business because they don’t want to appear to be micromanaging their employees. The fact is, the employees will get used to it. Chances are very high they have worked in an environment with surveillance cameras in the past. Secondly, if something goes wrong, most employees actually are very happy to be able to go back and use cameras as a way to vindicate them.

Another reason why cameras everywhere (where allowed) are vital is liability. When you have cameras in your workplace, you will see a decrease of frivolous workers compensation claims. We hear this from nearly every business who we setup with surveillance systems.

Is the cost of an event more than a surveillance system?

Most of the time when we receive a call to install a surveillance system, it is as a direct result of an incident. The unfortunate truth is you don’t need to wear a seatbelt in a car, until you do. Similarly, you don’t need an AED in your business, until you do. Surveillance systems are exactly the same. When an incident occurs, you can’t go back and put cameras in and “re-shoot the scene.”

The real question you should ask yourself is: Is the cost of this event more than what a surveillance system would have cost us? If you have a workers comp claim that costs your business six months of meetings and $40,000, is that more than a surveillance system? Probably not. Nearly every business is shocked when we give them a quote. Most of the time they’re quoted crazy numbers from IT or alarm companies. We are not an IT provider, and certainly not an alarm provider. We are a strategic consulting firm. Our role is to become a partner with your business to drive innovation to enhance your process, people, and product.