The Role of Video Surveillance in Property Management
If you are the owner of or manager of a property in your city, your attention is likely devoted to a wide range of tasks. One of those tasks is securing both the inside and outside of your property. Security is something that affects each and every property. It may be especially relevant to you if your property is in a dangerous location, contains important or expensive assets, or is a dwelling place for tenants. Criminals are looking for easy targets, and if your property is not secure, it may seem more appealing in the eyes of bad actors.
So what can be done? How can you secure your property in an effective, yet cost-effective manner?
We recommend that you think about investing in video surveillance at your property.
The Benefits of Video Surveillance
As you likely know, video surveillance is the ability to capture images and videos through the use of cameras. You can place surveillance cameras at any location on your property. You should choose locations that are heavily-trafficked areas, spots that are easy hiding places that can’t be easily seen, or places where you suspect that crime may occur, such as near back entrances or in dark parking lots. Depending on the type of video surveillance system you choose, the images and videos captured from your surveillance cameras can be stored on a DVR or computer so that you can review them at a later time.
While the basics of video surveillance are easy to understand, there are both obvious and non-obvious benefits to placing video surveillance cameras on your property. Some of those benefits include the following:
First, video surveillance cameras provide a deterrent to potential criminals. Criminals eyeing potential properties to rob may feel less inclined to rob a property that contains surveillance cameras. The reason is obvious: those bad actors feel like there is a higher risk of being caught if their face is captured by a surveillance camera. Most criminals are not stupid and will try to mitigate their risk. Because of this, they will likely decide to target “softer” targets where there is less of a chance of getting caught.
Video surveillance cameras also allow you to monitor your property when you’re away. It’s hard enough keeping an eye on everything when you’re physically on the property, and when you are away, you may feel some anxiety about not knowing what’s going on at your property. Video surveillance cameras solve both of these problems. Many security systems today allow you to remotely view your live and played-back footage so that you can know what is happening on your property—wherever you are located. This provides peace of mind and the confidence that your property is safe when you’re somewhere else.
Finally, video surveillance cameras gather convincing evidence if a crime does occur. In the unfortunate event that your property is robbed or is the scene of a crime, video surveillance cameras can be a critical tool. Most notably, they can help police find and apprehend the perpetrator.
Protecting Your Property
Clearly, video surveillance systems can help you protect your property. That said, it may be intimidating or overwhelming to start shopping for a video surveillance system. There are many options out there and it may be difficult to determine which surveillance system is best for your business.
We are here to help. At BrickHouse Security, we offer a variety of security products that can help protect your property. On our property management industry page, you will find a selection of security devices—including surveillance cameras—that can help secure your property.