Office security cameras can help a business safeguard property, monitor important deliveries and identify that it was Kevin from Sales that left the meeting room in a mess.
Trust us, we know.
As a camera alarm company, we have a number of cameras set up around our own office and the benefits are wide-ranging thanks to good camera positioning.
In our experience, there are some key areas you should consider putting office cameras. These are our recommendations.
1. Monitor inside entrances
Want a record of who accessed the office during the day and be notified if an unknown person enters after hours?
This is where entrance cameras can help. This could be a reception area or lift exit area.
Here at Cammy, we get a lot of visitors, whether it’s delivery people, the cleaners, or this pesky sales guy that keeps asking us to donate to the Nigerian Prince Immigration Fund.
Entrance cameras allow us to track the coming and going of these people and review footage if there is a security breach.
Aside from the security benefits, simply knowing what time a package was picked up and who by, provides peace of mind and vital evidence should anything go missing.
Entrance cameras should face inside and away from sunlight to avoid camera glare.
Below is the view from our lift-facing office cameras.
2. Watch over the outdoor building entrance
If you have permission to monitor an outdoor entrance, we recommend placing a camera above the entrance and to the side to help identify the people entering your office building.
This camera should be tamper proof and visible to visitors to help deter vandalism and/or prevent theft.
If the area outside your office is a high traffic zone, consider positioning the camera to only monitor the area where someone would access your building.
Again, avoid positioning the cameras into direct sunlight.
3. Monitor the work area
Monitoring the general work area helps you better understand employee work habits. With this knowledge, you can make better decisions and even improve workplace productivity.
On the flip side, if there are workplace issues such as bullying, personal theft, and other misbehavior, you can identify problems before they escalate and take action. In these cases, having video evidence is critical.
Of course, office cameras should provide your employees with a sense of security as opposed to making them feel like big brother is watching. We recommend placing cameras up high in the corner of a room to monitor a wider area.
Position cameras away from exit signs that light up at night as this can impact the camera’s night vision.
Below is the view from our work area camera.
4. Oversee filing and storerooms
If you have important files or you keep a lot of product on-site, you may want to consider monitoring these areas to know who is accessing documents and stock in case something goes missing or sensitive information is compromised.
These cameras should be focused on the stock or files and be able to clearly identify the person accessing them.
5. Monitor the loading dock/delivery area
Cameras monitoring a loading dock or a delivery area can help track incoming and outgoing stock, help prevent theft or collect evidence of robbery.
Any area where someone could possibly access your office other than the main entrance should be monitored. This includes fire-exits and other non-obvious entry points.
6. Check the kitchen area
Who stole Karen’s lunch? Who didn’t wash up their plate? Was it really Gary who ate the last cookie?
A strategically placed camera in the kitchen can tell you a lot.
Shared kitchen space is sacred ground and the birth of many who-ate-what accusations, and
lynch lunch mobs.
Placing a camera high in the corner of the room is not obtrusive but it can provide evidence of slackness and thievery. It can also motivate staff to clean up after themselves.
It’s an area that should be kept clean, and the food of others left alone. It’s a place where staff should feel happy, comfortable, and envious of someone else’s leftover lasagne.
7. Watch over games areas
More and more businesses are creating places for employees to disengage and take time out to prolong and enhance focus.
Whether it’s table tennis, a pool table, or video games area, these areas are to be respected and not abused.
There is no harm in staff enjoying time out, but if John from Accounts is spending 3 hours a day improving his backhand at table tennis, you probably want to know about it.
There are many benefits to having office security cameras as long as you know where to place them.
Safeguarding property, important files and making employees feel safe should be the first priority.
When it comes to camera placement, entrance cameras should be pointed away from external light sources and they should be able to clearly identify people and in some cases, faces.
Once you have security covered, look to monitor general work areas, recreation, and kitchen areas to better understand workplace habits, and improve operational efficiencies.
In general, cameras should be visible and positioned in the corners of your office, away from direct window sunlight and exit signs.
If you decide to monitor your business, check your state’s surveillance laws. Generally speaking, you will need to notify staff and visitors before they are recorded that their image may be recorded by CCTV. This can usually be achieved with a sign at the entrance to your office.
You also have an obligation to ensure any personal information recorded is kept secure and is destroyed or de-identified when it is no longer required.
We get a lot of value from our cameras here at Cammy and we know you will too if you get the camera placement right.