Security cameras are an essential component of comprehensive security for your facility. Not only do they act as a deterrent, but they also help protect your staff and others in the building, protect your property, and can help identify suspects or provide evidence in case of an incident. However, security cameras in the wrong places or not having enough surveillance can result in vulnerable gaps in your facility’s security. Here are some of the best places to install security cameras in your business:
1. Entries and Exits
The entrances and exits of your facility are high-traffic, and often high-risk, areas. In addition to solid doors, door locks, and access control, good video surveillance in these areas is essential. This provides video footage of everyone coming in and out of the building, how long they stay, what they bring in and out with them, and more.
2. High-Value Areas
Anywhere in your facility that houses or contains high-value items should have video surveillance. For retail stores and other businesses, any points of sale where there are cash registers, supplies, or stock, or that would be perceived as having such, should have security cameras monitoring the area.
Because warehouses generally store high-value items and have a lot of activity, security cameras are one of the essential security solutions for warehouses. Not only does this help protect whatever is being stored there, but it also helps create a safe work environment and can help reduce the risk of workplace injuries.
Even server rooms or rooms housing a facilities technology should be protected with security cameras. Proper video surveillance provides other benefits and protections too. Good video surveillance throughout retail stores, warehouses, assisted living facilities, healthcare facilities, and more can also help prevent workplace violence in healthcare and other industries.
3. Reception or Interior Entryway
No matter what type of facility you have, the reception area or interior welcome area of your facility needs comprehensive video surveillance. This area is the most highly trafficked of the facility, even if there are no other people for visitors to interface with.
In most cases, there will be some sort of reception area and interaction between building staff and visitors. In addition to being a high-traffic area, this point of interaction makes security cameras even more important.
4. Exterior Areas
Making sure you have security cameras in the right spots inside your facility is important, and doing the same for exterior areas of your facility is equally as important. It is essential for good perimeter protection. Covering exterior areas, like parking lots, alleyways, walkways, etc., is one of the ways to improve building security.
Parking lots, parking garages, other structures, delivery areas, loading docks, walkways around your business, and more are all exterior areas that should have video surveillance. It’s also essential to install the right types of surveillance cameras in any of these areas to ensure you have clear footage.
5. Hidden or Secluded Areas
Any areas of your business that could be perceived as hidden or are secluded can be vulnerabilities for your building. This could include an isolated room inside your building, a low-traffic hallway in the interior, back alleys outside of your building, windows located in low-traffic areas, parts of the parking lot, and even the dumpster.
All of these areas can present vulnerabilities to your building. If they are not monitored, they can become serious gaps in your building security. Whether it’s inside or outside, making sure you have good video surveillance coverage in these areas can reduce these vulnerabilities and ensure more comprehensive security for your facility.
6. High-Activity Areas
Although you want to make sure secluded areas and low-traffic areas are monitored, you also want to monitor high-activity areas as well. In addition to entrances, exits, reception areas, and more, you should also take note of other high-activity areas within your facility.
Generally, high-activity areas also mean a lot of interaction points and opportunities for interaction. This means that any areas that people frequently travel through or gather in should be considered as a candidate for security cameras.
Reviewing where you have security cameras is part of managing and maintaining security systems and can also help you identify gaps. These are just a few of the best places to install security cameras in your business or facility. Because every facility is different, there may be other important places in your business that need video surveillance.
A building vulnerability assessment checklist and the right security systems integrator as a partner can help you get the video surveillance coverage you need. If you’re looking to reassess or update your facility’s security, contact NEPPS at 800-763-1456 for a free site assessment!