cctvClosed Circuit Television (CCTV) involves the use of video surveillance cameras to transmit data and signals from one location to a monitor and database in another location.  CCTV security systems can be wired or wireless, onsite or offsite, and monitored or unmonitored.  There are numerous designs and types of CCTV security camera systems available.  Regardless of which type of security camera system is selected, having a CCTV security system installed is an efficient investment for every organization.

How Many Security Cameras Does a Business Need?

This is a tough question to answer and is unique to each and every organization.  It is best to consult with a private security company regarding a question like this.  This answer depends on a multitude of factors such as the size of the organization, the amount of assets at risk, the safety risks, the liability risks, and the available budget for purchases, installation, and monitoring.  The most qualified people to determine needed security measures are experienced private security personnel capable of performing risk assessments.  Maximum efficiency can be achieved when the CCTV security system is implemented strategically from the advice and guidance which trained private security personnel provide.

Benefit-Cost Analysis

Do not allow a CCTV security camera system to cost an arm and a leg.  Fact of the matter is not every organization requires the best of the best technology to deliver the results desired.  Overspending reduces the efficiency of the CCTV security system.  When strategic planning and risk assessments are conducted by trained security personnel, then the appropriate CCTV technology can be selected to optimize efficiency.

For example, an organization that does not plan on hiring private security officers to monitor the surveillance footage is better suited for stationary security cameras as opposed to Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras.  PTZ cameras are electronically adjustable with a controller device and are extremely effective when combined with active monitoring by private security guards.  PTZ cameras are useless if not actively monitored and adjusted unless motion-sense technology is included, which is typically a more expensive approach.

With technology constantly improving, better quality CCTV systems are becoming available for reduced prices.  Top of the line equipment is being replaced with new and improved cameras, monitors, and databases.  The most and least expensive options are not always the most efficient.  Balancing the scales of protection and safety versus budget can be a difficult process.  It is important to research CCTV security systems in order to determine which units have the greatest reviews for efficiency.  Consulting with a private security company will also ensure that an organization is making the most efficient business decision possible.

Depending on the state and the insurance companies, discounts may be given to organizations that implement a CCTV security system.  CCTV security systems naturally deter potential criminal activity, which can lead to some property, building, and fire insurance companies to provide discounts.  Additionally, an organization may receive a discount on liability insurance for installing a CCTV system.  Altogether, the CCTV system is naturally efficient by helping organizations to save money, to reduce liability, to maintain safety, to protect assets, and to deter crime.