Security camera coverage at your business is an essential part of surveillance. Not only do cameras capture any potential problems, but the cameras themselves act as a deterrent to prevent crime and suspicious activity.
The key to selecting a proper security camera for your business is to understand exactly how the various cameras work. Once you understand the use and function, you can make a more educated decision about cameras for your business. Learn about the various cameras and ways they will help with many business situations.
1. Box Cameras
Some of the more traditional cameras you will find at businesses are box cameras. The box camera features a large housing unit for a camera to be placed inside. The box unit itself has versatile features.
For example, the box camera is an ideal option for exterior surveillance at your business. The camera housing may include weatherproof elements to help protect the camera from rain, wind, and cold temperatures. For businesses located in extreme temperatures, some box camera housing includes built-in heaters to prevent camera malfunctions.
Box cameras may be installed as a static installation or with an automated rotating arm that moves to offer full coverage of the area. The lens on a box camera may be removed and replaced to offer wider angles, close-up angles, or coverage of a specific area.
All of the box cameras in your business may be installed to the same server, so your security workers can gain access to all the feeds at the same time.
2. Dome Cameras
If you are looking for widespread coverage of large and open business areas, consider a dome camera. For example, if you own a store, a dome camera may supply a wide-angled view of a large shopping section or the checkout lanes.
Dome cameras are usually installed directly overhead in a business, and the camera element remains hidden underneath a tinted dome. The camera design allows for easy installation on any part of a ceiling. For example, if your business has recessed lighting, then a dome camera may be installed in one of the recessed holes.
Dome cameras often have full movement options. The camera may rotate, tilt up and down, or zoom in. The functions are all accessed through a control panel where the camera video and power feeds through.
If your business hires active security guards to monitor the feeds, then a dome camera may be an ideal option. The guard may control the camera’s movements and can focus on certain areas so nothing is overlooked.
If your business is split among several large offices and meeting rooms, a security system may include a large dome camera in each room to offer maximum coverage.
3. Bullet Cameras
For smaller spaces within a business, consider bullet cameras. Also known as lipstick cameras, these cameras are ideal for places where only a small space needs coverage. The lens is smaller in bullet cameras, and the equipment installation is easier without as much bracket material or extra weight.
Small cameras are ideal for areas like a storage closet, supply room, or copy room. The camera will help monitor supplies and ensure no one is abusing the company's supply intake. In businesses where food is involved, a bullet camera may be ideal for a walk-in pantry or a walk-in freezer.
Along with monitoring the employees and customers during business hours, bullet cameras may feature night-vision capabilities. With night vision, you can see if your business has rodent problems or other issues when your business is closed.
Work closely with a security company to pick the cameras to best suit your needs. With an understanding of the cameras, you will know exactly what gets installed at your business. For more information on security cameras, set up an appointment with us at HSI Security. We have years of experience and the ability to cater to all business needs.