Whether you are just starting a business or you have a long-established business, you should consider the benefits of commercial video surveillance. Not only will a commercial video surveillance system discourage burglary and break-ins, but it will also allow you to observe employee productivity and guard against the possibility of employee thievery.
There are different options available for your new commercial video surveillance system. The system that is right for you will depend on the budget you have available and the features that are important to you. You will have to consider how many cameras you need and what type of camera is right for your business. Cameras that are placed outdoors will need to be resistant to extreme temperatures and precipitation. If the cameras will be used at night, they may need to operate in low-light conditions or have infrared capability. You may also consider using small hidden cameras or dark housings that prevent the angle of the camera from being known.
Another choice you will have to make about your cameras is whether you want them to be hard-wired or wireless. Wireless cameras are usually battery powered. These cameras have simple installations, but must be maintained periodically to prevent the batteries from dying. Wired cameras are more difficult to install, but once they are working, they require very little maintenance.
A final and very important decision about your commercial video surveillance is whether you want a simple standalone digital video recorder setup or a more extensive computer-based system. DVR systems are less expensive, but do not allow remote monitoring. If you want to be able to access surveillance footage in real time, a computer-based system is the way to go. With these systems, you can even control the camera angles and zoom levels.