Camera Systems Can Be Used Legally and Effectively

Many home and business owners shy away from using camera systems because of how challenging they can be at times. In addition to that, there are certain privacy laws that have to be abide by. The fact of the matter is that video surveillance systems are very easy to operate provided you choose a security company that knows what they’re doing. It’s easy to reap the advantages of camera systems and also appease all legal requirements. 
When installing camera systems in the home, the laws are common sense. It’s completely fine placing cameras where privacy is not an expectation. If someone in your home has an expectation of privacy, such as a bathroom, it is most likely off limits. 
Business owners use camera systems for 3 primary reasons:
  1. To provide safety to their customers 
  2. To provide safety to their employees
  3. To provide safety to their products 
But, CCTV systems in business have other uses too, such as accident verification, etc.
Camera legalities in the workplace come down to this- When someone is in a public place, there is no expectation of privacy. It is perfectly fine to use video surveillance in any public area. However, in the state of Oregon, the business has to post a sign in a conspicuous area notifying people that they are being monitored if the video recording is to be used in a court of law. 
Here are some of the places that businesses should not place cameras:
  1. Entrances and exits to bathrooms
  2. Bathrooms
  3. Dressing rooms
  4. Locker Rooms
Medical offices and schools are a different story and have an entirely different set of governing laws. Most medical facilities have to comply with HIPPA regulations and adhere to patient privacy. 
I am often asked about audio when I am in a security audit these days. Camera systems that record audio in public places are very touchy and may be in violation with certain federal privacy laws. I have heard of instances where businesses owners have obtained written consent from persons who will be subject to being recorded, but that is rare. The best way to obtain a properly installed security camera system is to call a knowledgeable security camera integrator. We are always available with any questions you may have.

Keep Watch on Your Store from Afar: Business Video Surveillance

Employee theft and shoplifting have a detrimental effect on the profitability of a store. No matter if you are a small business or a large enterprise, it is important to keep track of the activities of the store to ensure the safety of your employees, your customers and your assets.

The Truths about Shoplifting
Commercial Security LockShoplifting can cost your business a significant amount of profits and may result in you having to downsize your staff; this can be detrimental to you and your workers. Consider the following facts:

•  Every one of 11 people shoplift but only one in 48 are caught.
•  25 percent of all shoplifters are children.
•  The type of stores that are targeted are not discriminated against.

Discovering Employee Theft
Even worse than theft from outside people, is employee theft. Even with reference checks and background screening, some employees will have the inclination to steal.

•  Up to 35 percent of all employees have stolen services or goods from their place of work.
•  The most common asset stolen is cash.
•  Each year, employee theft costs over 50 billion dollars in the retail industry in the U.S.

Security Technology and Loss Prevention
One of the best ways that you can mitigate your risk is by utilizing the technology that is available, which will serve as your eyes when you are away. Installing a combination of video and mobile surveillance will help prevent asset loss and promote a safer store environment while providing you with peace of mind.

No matter if you have gone out for lunch, or you are traveling around the world, video surveillance and mobile access will allow you to check in with your business at any time. Some of the benefits this provides include:

• Monitoring all employee behavior and identifying red flags at the point of sale.
• Enabling settings that will allow you to know if someone enters into a prohibited area.
• Ability to arm and disarm your entire system, adjust your cameral views and control the camera angles from any location.
• Record surveillance footage and then store them for use later.
• View real time video of your store while you are away.

Keeping your store or business secure is easy when you integrate the technology offered by video surveillance.