When eval­u­at­ing secu­ri­ty options for your busi­ness, most secu­ri­ty pro­fes­sion­als will tell you that CCTV is a must. But it’s impor­tant to under­stand why.

CCTV – short for “closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion” – has come a long way over the last sev­er­al decades. Today’s com­mer­cial video sur­veil­lance sys­tems offer a wide array of fea­tures to give you a clear­er insight into what’s hap­pen­ing at your busi­ness, day or night. It pro­vides a crit­i­cal lay­er of secu­ri­ty for your prop­er­ty, peo­ple and assets while serv­ing as a pow­er­ful crime deter­rent.

Here are five rea­sons to con­sid­er CCTV for your busi­ness.

1) 24/7 video surveillance

On the most fun­da­men­tal lev­el, the most sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit of a CCTV sys­tem is that it allows you to see what’s hap­pen­ing at your busi­ness. Whether dur­ing busi­ness hours or after, your secu­ri­ty cam­eras can be posi­tioned to watch retail coun­ters, entrances, stock­rooms, receiv­ing areas and vir­tu­al­ly any oth­er sites, indoors or out.

This sur­veil­lance pro­vides peace of mind that you always have a watch­ful eye over your busi­ness, even if you’re not there. This can deliv­er sev­er­al oth­er secu­ri­ty ben­e­fits, as we illus­trate below.

2) Evidence of crimes

When theft, van­dal­ism or oth­er crimes hap­pen at your premis­es, your CCTV sys­tem ensures that these events are cap­tured on video. The video record­ing can be used as evi­dence for pros­e­cu­tion and insur­ance claims. If goods are stolen, the video also increas­es the chances of catch­ing the crim­i­nal and return­ing the items to your busi­ness.


3) Internal theft

No busi­ness is immune from employ­ee theft. So when it hap­pens, you want to ensure these crimes are caught on cam­era. For exam­ple, if items have gone miss­ing, you can check record­ed footage to see what hap­pened. That footage will also give you the legal jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for employ­ee ter­mi­na­tion or oth­er dis­ci­pli­nary actions.


4) Crime deterrent/loss prevention

The pres­ence of CCTV cam­eras alone helps to deter crim­i­nals. Thieves, van­dals and your work­ers will think twice about com­mit­ting a crime when they know their actions are being record­ed. This pre­vents crimes from being engaged in the first place. This serves as an essen­tial tool in your loss pre­ven­tion efforts.


5) Legal requirements for CCTV

By law, some types of busi­ness­es must have CCTV sys­tems due to the nature of the goods sold or the high crime risk. One exam­ple is cannabis stores, which are need­ed to main­tain tight secu­ri­ty pro­to­cols. Under the Cannabis Licence Act of 2018 (CLA), “A secure, high-res­o­lu­tion sur­veil­lance sys­tem must be in place at all times” at these stores. Addi­tion­al­ly, the law states that cam­eras must be posi­tioned at the store’s inte­ri­or and exte­ri­or. And the 24-hour video record­ings must be retained for a min­i­mum of 30 days.

Request more information on CCTV systems for your business

Con­tact us at PROTECTION PLUS for more infor­ma­tion. We can help secure your busi­ness with today’s best CCTV sys­tems and oth­er com­mer­cial secu­ri­ty solu­tions.

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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.