"In addition to catching criminals, a well-designed system offers countless benefits that will protect your assets, result in a safer environment, and help you more effectively manage your business or home. Here are 11 ways your video security system will pay for itself:
1. Deter Criminals
One of the primary benefits of a video security system is to deter a criminal act from ever happening. Well placed cameras will give would-be criminals reason for pause, or send them looking for locations less prepared.
2. Prevent Theft
According to recent retail industry studies, the average small business loses $50k per year… And given the current economic conditions and ease at which criminals can move stolen products, risk of both internal and external theft has skyrocketed. It’s proven that a simple video security system can easily cut that figure in half.
3. Improve Productivity
Workforce productivity is reported to be the biggest cost businesses face today. Security cameras help to keep people on their best behavior when you’re not there, and enable a manager to monitor work habits on his own schedule.
4. Reduce Liability
Many criminals look to benefit by making false claims against companies. Lacking evidence to defend themselves, businesses literally get robbed blind with zero recourse. Video security is an effective deterrent of this criminal activity, and can contest these claims should they occur. (NOTE: False claims often stem from employees reporting incidents outside your security system’s field of view. We recommend that businesses augment their traditional video with covert cameras, so no one knows where safe havens for both crime and false claims are, and where they are not.)
5. Protect Intellectual Property
Your unscrupulous competitor would pay dearly to know your company secrets. Strategically placed cameras can help prevent those with access and intent to stealing your intellectual property think twice.
6. Manage Remotely
Many video security systems feature software capable of viewing multiple facilities from a single location. This can dramatically reduce your equipment expense and management overhead costs, and allow managers to oversee companywide operations despite geographic and time challenges.
7. Enhance Customer Experience
Many retail businesses use their video security systems to study customer shopping habits, optimize store traffic patterns, improve product placement, and ensure a positive customer experience. More effective employees + increased sales + satisfied customers = one happy manager.
8. Streamline Operations
Video is commonly used in manufacturing or fulfillment environments to monitor equipment and quickly identify problems that may cause delays or bottlenecks. Video is also used to provide valuable insight into process effectiveness, and to make sure a business or operation is appropriately staffed.
9. Validate Alarms
Business owners and managers alike lose hours of sleep responding to false alarms that their business has been broken into. With a networked video security system, validation is just a mouse click away – and you can get your sleep or enjoy your vacation.
10. Deliver Peace of Mind
Ultimately, business managers and homeowners are simply looking for peace of mind – protecting their assets and providing a safe and secure environment for employees, friends, and family. And in the event of incident, knowing they are empowered to bring the offender to justice… something only a video security system can deliver.
11. Provide Bragging Rights
On a lighter note, a video security system is something you will be proud of, and quick to show off to your friends and family. Like yourself, they will be amazed with your ability to monitor your home or office from anywhere in the world."
Above article released by S|C on 2/8/10