Video Cameras Help Preserve A Business

Jim Luff
Posted on April 14, 2015

Last year we remodeled an existing building and moved our business office to the same location as our garage. As part of the remodel process, we had 16 cameras installed. There are few areas on our property now that are not covered by cameras and the implementation of the system has proven extremely valuable on so many levels.

It has reduced vehicle damage as we placed a camera right over the entrance of our yard so vehicles leaving are documented in their condition and when they return, they are captured again.

We have virtually eliminated theft of everything from bottled water to small tools, champagne, glassware and even ice chests. We had four or five ice chests “borrowed” last month and I sent an email telling everyone I would like the ice chests returned voluntarily but I was willing to watch the video to determine who took them. I promised the team that if I spent the time to watch the video I would also take the time to fire thieves. The ice chests all reappeared within 24 hours.

Recently, we found a bus tub (used for cleaning vehicles post-trip) sitting on a counter full of empty beer cans, bottles, champagne bottles etc. This was a clear violation of decency standards and I was very unhappy. It was worth watching hours of video (in fast-forward mode) to determine who the offender was. Once the offender was located, I paused the video. Luckily for me, the offender was on the property so I could bring him in and play the video for him. My comment to him after he watched it is not printable here but begins with a commonly used acronym starting with the letter “W”.

I am sure he told others he got “caught” by the camera, and the more times people get caught on camera and share getting caught with their peers the more effective the camera system is. It pays for itself. We use a Lorex system. The photos are in color and they are crisp and clean. 

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Jim Luff Contributing Editor
Comments ( 1 )
  • Jackson Tyler

     | about 3 years ago

    It's so important to have cameras nowadays to protect your business. This article shows many examples of how this is important. Even if you aren't in retail, the expenses and damages that having cameras prevents is more than worth the cost of the cameras.

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