Applications for CCTV
The following shows how CCTV systems may be able to improve your bottom line profits by reducing theft, vandalism and the time spent seeking to reduce general nuisance or identifying those responsible for it.
Leisure and Recreation Sites
The main benefit reported by many leisure and sport complexes, holiday sites, clubs and pubs is the high level of customer perception that the location has above average security.
As we are sure you are aware, security is increasingly becoming an important factor to those who are considering holiday home ownership. Attracting one or two additional owner-occupiers as a result of installing CCTV will often pay for the system.
A camera mounted at the entrance to the area will enable you to monitor and record all vehicles, with their numberplates, twenty-four hours a day. This is used at a number of locations to deter armed robbery and undesirables from entering. Should they persist in doing so you will have a record of when they entered.
Until now it has been impossible to adequately cover car parks as conventional cameras cannot achieve facial recognition if viewing an area wider than just two car park spaces. Pan Tilt and Zoom domes can be used but as they are touring the area there is a small chance that they will be looking in the right place at the right time. The unique 21 megapixel SentryScope Camera can cover a large area on a continuous basis and allow the CCTV operator to zoom into recordings and view faces and numberplates after the event has happened.
Gaming and Vending Machines
Gaming, vending and cigarette machines can be a frequent target for the criminal element. These can be adequately protected by the use of CCTV. At one site we placed a hidden camera where these were regularly being broken into with the result that the thief was caught within a few days.
Reception Areas and Bars
As receptionists are open to anything from abuse to armed attack we have installed cameras on some sites to give a clear view of everyone standing at the counter. This not only gives a visual record of people as they arrive on site but also acts as a deterrent to criminal or abusive behaviour. Also see the section below on staff fraud.
A camera placed within the cash room can deter armed attack or unauthorised staff entry, while a camera outside the cash room can give the staff inside a view not only of who is opposite the door (as does a peephole) but also anyone else in the general area.
This is increasingly an area for consideration, especially as most trade magazines estimate retail shrinkage to be in the region of 2-3½% of turnover (This may translate to 20+% of profits). See section What Every Retailer Needs To Know.
Systems can be used to detect unauthorised visitors entering the site and using the pool or to make sure that recreational assistants are doing their job and not simply congregating at a single point for a chat. Cameras can also be used on your behalf to ensure that health and safety policy is adhered to in areas that cannot be directly observed.
Staff Theft and Fraud
Cellars and kitchens can be covered to deter and detect any staff theft. It is a sad fact that up to 60% of shrinkage from retail premises is now believed to be staff related.
In conjunction with our Partner Installation Companies, we have experience in supplying a number of historic sites around the country, each with their own unique demands. This includes a substantial Closed Circuit Television System at Canterbury Cathedral which incorporates both internal and external surveillance, and is designed to utilise the latest available technology.
Working as design consultants with a number of NHS Trusts we are able to draw up professional CCTV specifications and organise tenders for new installations and the upgrade of existing equipment. Our services to the health sector are often free of charge to the end user. Our work includes the design of systems for major hospitals and the specifying of CCTV for a network of clinics and being monitored by a local hospital security department.
Public Spaces and other Large Areas
Until now it has been impossible to adequately large areas and public spaces as conventional cameras cannot achieve facial recognition if viewing an area wider than just two car park spaces. Pan Tilt and Zoom domes can be used but as they are touring the area there is a small chance that they will be looking in the right place at the right time. The unique 21 megapixel SentryScope Camera can cover a large area on a continuous basis and allow the CCTV operator to zoom into recordings and view faces and numberplates after the event has happened.