Questions to Ask
Some of the questions you should be asking while determining how many CCTV cameras you need include:
Do you want the cameras at the entrance to your building as well as the reception area?
Do you want to prevent theft?
Do you need to monitor the on-site staff?
Is it necessary for you to monitor loading dock areas?
Any other question that is specific to your property and setting
Aspects to Consider
There are several different factors to take into consideration, such as:
1. Entry and Exit Points
The number of entry points to your premises is likely the most crucial aspect when it comes to determining the number of cameras you need. These cameras act as deterrents to thieves. The devices also enable you to monitor and video record every person entering and exiting your property, round the clock.
In case a crime occurs on your business premises, or any items go missing, you would be able to identify the culprit by checking the video feed. So, you would need at least one camera at each entry and exit point, or more depending on the layout of the area. The idea is to ensure there are no blind spots, and you have clear visibility of everyone entering or exiting the property. In case any intruders enter your property, the video footage will serve as evidence when you approach law enforcement with the complaint.
2. The Spread of the Premises
This is another crucial aspect to take into account when deciding how many cameras you need. For instance, if you have multiple entry and exit points to the building and 20-30 desks or various work zones and storage areas for filing documents, etc., you are sure to need many cameras.
If your office has an open floor plan, you may need fewer cameras in those spaces and can focus more on the entry and exit points. In case you want cameras for a convenience store or retail space then you may need more cameras to cover all the departments, sections or aisles from all angles.
3. Other Areas
It’s also necessary to consider non-obvious zones such as filing cabinet areas, storerooms, staff kitchen, pantry areas and stairwells etc. Think of situations in which it might be a good idea to have some visibility of what occurred and get one CCTV camera for each of those spots.
4. Indoors and Outdoors
It is essential to realise that both indoor, as well as outdoor areas, would need securing and monitoring. So, consider a mix of outdoor and indoor cameras. If you are monitoring expansive outdoor spaces leading to more than one building or warehouses that stock inventory and other valuable items, you would need to install cameras at various strategic locations. Take the same aspect into consideration while deciding how many cameras you need for the indoor spaces.
When considering security camera systems for your business, it is necessary to make a note of all the most significant areas. It will enable you to become familiar with your CCTV system needs which will help you discuss your requirements with the installers in a better way. As mentioned, they will help you with your product selection and will also advise you on the number of cameras and the best locations for the devices. This will help to ensure that your entire premises are secure and well-protected at all times.