How Hidden Cameras Can Double The Effectiveness of your Security System
Like it or not, your losses from employee theft are likely to be almost double that from shoplifters. In fact, based on a recent study published by the University of Florida, 47% of all retail loss is due to employee theft … and for businesses without a retail presence, virtually all loss is employee related.
Some employees and customers will be determined to steal
To deal effectively with these individuals, consider adding one or two covert cameras to your system. These are cameras built into what appear to be common items that you might find in a business setting — they may look like smoke detectors, wall clocks, electrical boxes, even sprinkler heads.
No one but you will know these cameras are there
The best part about hidden cameras is they can be placed so that none of your employees will know they are there. One very successful strategy for using covert cameras to increase the effectiveness of your security is to deliberately leave some areas of your sales floor and storage rooms uncovered by your traditional system.
This gives employees and shoplifters the idea that they can get away with stealing in those parts of the store. Then you position your covert cameras to catch the unsuspecting individuals in the act.
Designed to work with your system or on their own
All of our covert cameras are designed to easily integrate with our pre-configured systems, or with a system that you customize for your specific application. Or they can be used separately to give you backup coverage in case your regular system is somehow turned off or disabled.
And like traditional security cameras, covert cameras provide high-quality video that can be turned over to the authorities for prosecution. When used effectively, these cameras have been known to help retailers put an end to thousands of dollars of additional theft and discourage remaining employees from stealing in the future.
They are perfectly legal
That's right — covert cameras are completely legal. Of course, you must adhere to the same privacy laws that you would for traditional cameras. The general spirit of most state laws is that cameras (both covert and traditional style) cannot be placed in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. These laws can vary slightly and change over time, so we recommend that you consult legal counsel if you have any questions or concerns.
Notes on microphones
The use of microphones in a covert application is prohibited by Federal Law with the exception of law enforcement and government entities.
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