When it comes to your business or your home, you want to protect it as much as you possibly can. While you can’t be there to supervise 24 hours a day, your security system can be.

The great thing about a security system is that you install it for protection purposes, but it also has other benefits too.

Not only does it protect your assets and stock, gives your customers peace of mind when they are at your premises, and modernises your business, but you can also protect your business in other ways by monitoring health and safety too.

Let’s look into why security systems protect more than just one business or home, how you can use them in your Health and Safety processes and the more traditional uses of these systems.


Why Use CCTV?

CCTV can be used for a variety of reasons. The UK, for instance, is a leading user of CCTV Cameras and the public are used to seeing CCTV Cameras on virtually every high street. We need the New Zealand mindset to move to this position also as CCTV really has a lot of benefits.

The good work that these systems do mean that they have a lot of support from the general public. But some are still hesitant as they believe it involves an intrusion into the lives of ordinary people as they go about their normal day to day business. They also believe that CCTV can raise wider privacy concerns when they are used in public areas.

Of course, no one complains when there is an incident and the authorities are able to produce clear footage of the perpetrators, resulting in their arrest!

The potential value of public surveillance technology took on new meaning back in April 2013. After sifting through video images captured by the city’s cameras, investigators were able to identify the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Of course, when you are in a public space, you are in the eye of the public. So what is the difference between someone watching you walk down the street with their own two eyes and being watched by a closed circuit TV camera?

If you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to worry about!

CCTV helps to protect the innocent!


The Health and Safety Aspect

Another key reason for using CCTV is for Health and Safety or Staff Training. One of our long standing clients, Bridgestone Group, have embraced the technology in their Tyre Sites around the country. You might think they are trying to discourage theft of their valuable stock, but the main purpose of installing the systems was to monitor Health and Safety.

With cameras covering both sides of the vehicle hoists, there is plenty of coverage in case anything happens. If something goes wrong that should have been prevented, then a business can be liable for a $250,000 fine!

They are also able to pick up on training and upskilling opportunities for their staff by observing them completing day to day tasks and noting any areas of weakness that could be improved upon.

There is also the safety of the vehicles. It is surprising the number of stories that surface where owners are blaming companies for their cars being “damaged” while in the workshop. CCTV can prevent the risk for your business by documenting the actual state of the car when it arrives at the premises.

Suddenly, when a recording is played back showing the dents or scratches that were on the vehicle when it arrived, there are some very red faces and no further complaints!


The Traditional Uses

In addition, surveillance cameras protect against property theft and vandalism. It is very difficult to get away with stealing something if there are cameras filming you. Therefore the thief will be deterred, or will often get caught.

Surveillance cameras will allow you to act if you see someone lurking around your property. They give you (or the police) the opportunity to catch the thief before, or during the process of committing the crime.

Having a security camera at your premises gives your customers the confidence to shop at your premises as they can see that you take safety and security seriously. It also helps to improve the perception of your business as a modern and professional organisation.


So there we have it, whether it is for Health & Safety or Security, or just simple staff training, a good CCTV System can save you lots of money! So if you are interested in having one installed at your place, get in touch with us today for a free demo of our state-of-the-art systems.


Technician of the month

One of our stellar experts in security systems is Dupinder Singh. He joined Smartway as a Security Technician in 2014 and has proved to be a great asset. If you have a question about installation, then Dupinder is your man!

He loves to meet people and has a real knack for helping people to understand the benefits of upgrading their outdated equipment.

Dupinder is now engaged and looking forward to getting married back home in India next year.