Business Guide to Using Hidden Cameras
From protecting personal property to monitoring every sensitive area of your business, there is a solution for you – day and night, inside and out.
Video Solutions for a Critical Business Problem
It is estimated that every year, anywhere from 50 and 100 billion dollars is lost as a result of employee theft. A staggering number to be sure, with robberies ranging from high-level fraud to common employee theft. While these figures are pretty astonishing, and on the rise, there are some simple steps you can take to crack down on employee wrongdoing.
In order to prescribe the best solutions to combat workplace theft, it's best to identify the kinds of theft that take place around the office.
Combatting Personal Theft
In an office setting, chances are you either have a cubicle, a shared space or, if you're lucky, an office of your own. Working in a collaborative environment can be great for business, but it can make you nervous about co-workers and support staff rummaging through your things and potentially walking away with your belongings.
Hidden cameras are perfect for monitoring your workspace, no matter how big or small. If you have a cubicle or a shared area, a small hidden camera disguised as a USB flash drive or a common desk clock make completely inconspicuous desk monitoring solutions. Setting up these low-cost cameras is simple, and with motion-activated recording modes, you can leave the camera running overnight to ensure that cleaning staff and coworkers aren't taking anything that doesn't belong to them.
If you have a personal office, hidden cameras can be housed in everything from wall clocks to coat hooks to books. With the Camscura Micro, you can even build your own hidden camera out of a tissue box or plant to protect your possessions. Once again, set these versatile cameras to record based on motion for after-hours monitoring, or choose a WiFi camera that enables you to tap into a live video feed from anywhere with an internet connection. No matter what work situation you have, if you're worried about theft, there is a hidden camera option for you.
Stop Company Theft, Inside and Out
While worrying about your personal belongings transcends job title and pay grade, running a business brings a whole new level of concern: are employees stealing supplies, time, or cash from the register? When the profitability of a company rests on your shoulders, answering these questions could be essential to your operation.
Using a hidden camera disguised as a common office object will protect your employees and your business. A smoke detector cam, for example, offers a wide panorama of your office, perfect for keeping an eye on sensitive areas like a supply closet or cash register. Though not as serious, these cameras are also great for catching a food thief in the office kitchen. If you're concerned that an employee is scamming you, you can even opt for an IP hidden camera capable of live streaming what's going on in your office. These cameras protect company property, but they also protect your employees in the event of a robbery. In recent years, police have been relying more and more on surveillance cameras for nabbing suspects.
Hidden cameras will not only protect your employees and your property, but they're also great for keeping your workplace efficient. Time theft is a rampant problem in the modern workplace; with hidden cameras, timestamps can reveal how long your employees are spending in a break room, or the time they're wasting at their desks.
Though these cameras are primarily designed for monitoring inside the office, there are a number of outdoor hidden cameras made for surveilling entrances and other exterior sensitive areas. Designed as electrical boxes, rocks, and hose reels, as well as a build-your-own option, these outdoor hidden cameras are perfect for protecting against vandalism and theft. Motion activated, these weatherproof cameras feature batteries capable of lasting up to a year on a single charge.
Professional Surveillance for Total Business Monitoring
One-off hidden cameras are great for both personal and professional protection, but if you need an integrated surveillance system for monitoring an entire business, we've also got you covered. A pro CCTV system can enable 16 cameras to watch over every aspect of your operation, inside and out. Choose from any number of customizable camera features and even integrate hidden cameras into your system with ease.
By choosing a multi-camera system, you can view and store your footage all from one centrally located monitoring station. With simple installation, you can have cameras that are specifically designed for protecting individual parts of your business. For example, a vandal-proof night vision dome camera is perfect for monitoring your business' exterior entryway without the threat of tampering or destruction. A license plate camera can be installed in your company's parking lot, allowing you to get clear footage of any suspicious vehicles on your property. By selecting a simple 4-camera kit, you can protect only vulnerable areas for a fraction of the cost.
Pro surveillance cameras make a great visual deterrent; which is oftentimes enough to keep would-be criminals at bay. If you simply want to give the impression of a security system, professional-looking dummy cameras are a great option at a low price. No matter what your needs, and whatever you're looking to protect, there is a surveillance option available for you.
Published May 22nd, 2014