Security cameras are an essential and cost-effective way to protect your small business, monitor staff, and improve operations. However, when choosing a security camera system, it is difficult to know how many cameras you need.
There are a lot of things to take into consideration such as how many entry/exit points you have, the general layout of the business, where valuables are located and whether you want to monitor indoors and/or the perimeter of the business.
You also need to consider your own monitoring needs. Do you want to monitor staff? Prevent theft? Capture evidence of shoplifting? Or do you want to use cameras to know when someone arrives at reception or when there is a delivery?
The best security companies can organise a qualified installer to work with you, discuss your needs and make recommendations on the number of cameras. However, it’s still a good idea to know how many cameras a typical business requires.
There are a number of different factors to take into consideration.
The number of entrance points to your business is maybe the most important factor when it comes to deciding how many cameras you need.
This is because entrance cameras can act as a deterrent to thieves.
Cameras at an entrance also let you capture everyone coming and going during the day making it easy to investigate if there is a crime, or product goes missing.
Each entry/exit point should be covered by at least one camera. For example, for the main entrance, back door entrance and fire exit door specifically, it would be sensible to have three cameras, meaning each entry point is covered.
In the unfortunate event of an intruder entering your property, you would have full footage of them on the premises, and therefore evidence to show to the Police.
Size of Business
The size of your business is a major consideration when deciding how many cameras you will need. For example, an office with four entrances/exits, twenty desks containing laptops and valuables, along with six filing cabinets of important documentation, is obviously going to require more than one or two cameras.
It also depends on the type of business. For example, an office with a lot of open floor space might only be interested in covering the entrance points and common areas. Whereas a retail or convenience store may want more cameras in open areas where stock is.
It’s worth considering non-obvious areas such as the staff kitchen, a filing cabinet area, or a storeroom where you keep a lot of stock.
Try and think of some use cases where you would want to know what happened. Who left the kitchen in a mess? Who last accessed the filing cabinet? What was taken from the storeroom today?
Here at Cammy, we get a lot of value from monitoring the kitchen area to ensure everyone cleans up and leaves the area respectable.
There are lots of use cases for cameras.
Indoor and Outdoor
It is important to remember that both indoor and outdoor areas need monitoring and securing.
Therefore, you might need to consider a combination of indoor and outdoor cameras. Are you monitoring a large outdoor area, with several valuable items? Or, are you mostly concerned with protecting the indoor areas?
Most businesses opt for at least one camera outdoors at the entrance of the premises, as well as cameras indoors, monitoring valuables.
Health and Safety
Another key element to consider when deciding how many CCTV cameras you will be needing is the safety of the building. For example, it is a great idea to have cameras monitoring staff members for health and safety purposes. It can help you ensure company safety rules are being complied with.
If an incident were to occur within the workplace, not only can you look back on what has happened, but you can also take note of exactly how to avoid a similar situation in future. You can relax knowing that footage is available in the event of a health and safety breach.
When considering a security camera system for your small business, it is extremely important to recognise all the areas of significance. In doing so, it allows you to become much more familiar with exactly what you require from your CCTV system. Once you have assessed this wholly, you can make clever choices on the number of cameras you require!