CCTV still remains to be one of the best and most effective ways to prevent crime as well as capture any criminal activity should it occur. It is not only cost-effective but allows people on both private and commercial properties to have peace of mind whether they are there or not. There are many benefits in a variety of situations where CCTV can help to keep your business safe, some of which are listed below.
Shoplifting is one of the most common problems businesses face and is one of the primary reasons why CCTV is often installed. In the UK shoplifting is a huge problem with businesses of all sizes finding that their profits are dropping as they walk out the door. On average small businesses will report losses of around £100 a month from simply thievery. Each year in the UK the annual accounted losses increase because of shoplifting with it rising by over 20 percent.
Another issue employer’s face is their employees doing favours for their friends and family when they aren’t there. It is very simple to make it look like an accident or a simple miscalculation error on the till but these small favours don’t take long to add up and cost hundreds, even thousands of pounds each year depending on your business. This is why CCTV is in place in these situations, to hold employees accountable for their actions and to see who was working on the till that day.
Although you may trust your staff, they may actually be causing you to lose hundreds of pounds each month. There are numerous ways that this could happen, firstly by simply dipping their hand in the till and taking money that hasn’t yet be accounted for. They could also be eating and drinking produce every day and depending on your staff numbers, if they all do this then the figures quickly add up. It is important to use CCTV to keep an eye on employees to check that they aren’t harming profits in any way. Even by taking smoking breaks or just too many breaks, in general, they can cause your business to lose money.
Most people think that the installation of CCTV cameras will cost them large amounts of money but with the advancements in technology, it is a relatively cheap piece of surveillance equipment. Research shows that crimes in businesses drop by 90% when there are visible CCTV cameras around, which ultimately not only protects your staff but your business.
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