Video Surveillance: A Guide to Security Cameras


July 27, 2021

Businesses need to take security very seriously today. This involves a multi-layered approach, using various forms of technology to ensure optimal protection. Security cameras are at the core of this. In this blog post, we will reveal everything you need to know about enterprise security cameras, including how security camera technology works, the benefits of security and surveillance systems, and much more. 

What are video surveillance systems? 

There is only one place to begin, and this is by explaining what business security camera systems are. A video surveillance systemwhich is much more commonly refers to as CCTV (Closed-circuit Television), involves using security cameras strategically placed around a property to record videos and images in a business and the surrounding areas. You can typically view the footage on any internet-connected device, but most property and facility managers used desktops connected to large TV screens.

CCTV can help to catch criminals while also acting as a deterrent that protects your business and the assets within it. It tends to be used in combination with other security methods, such as an alarm and/or access control system. 


How security cameras work 

The majority of security camera systems in use today are motion-activated. This means that they will start recording whenever they detect motion. On most devices, you will receive an alert when this happens. And some cameras give you the option of recording 24/7, known as continuous video recording or CVR.

All surveillance systems have different features and slight differences in the way they work. For instance, some systems are wired or wireless, others can support battery packs that activate when the power goes out, and others can be attached to a solar module and be used outdoors without the need to run power.

Most properties tend to leverage wired systems for their reliability and data transfer speeds. These systems are physically wired to a video storage device on-site, such as a network video recorder (NVR) or a digital video recorder (DVR). All cameras will have a cable that runs from the local storage device, providing power so the footage can be transmitted. Wi-Fi is not required, but there is often the option of using an ethernet cable to connect the camera to the Internet to view footage remotely.  


Advantages of a CCTV surveillance system 

Commercial security cameras bring about numerous benefits. Let’s take a look at them in further detail so you can get a better understanding: 

Deter criminal activity  

One of the main reasons to have a CCTV or video surveillance system installed is to deter crime. If someone notices that you have a video surveillance system in place, they will be much less likely to target your property because they know that there is a very high chance of getting caught or reported 

Find out who has accessed your property. 

Video surveillance systems can help you to feel more secure because you will have eyes all-around your property. If someone accessed your property, you could use the CCTV system to determine who the person is, or at least identify them, and what they were doing.  

Cost-efficient security 

A CCTV system is one of the most cost-effective forms of security. Once you have had the system installed professionally, it won’t require any upgrades or enhancements, and you will find that it is straightforward to maintain and scale (add cameras) if your needs grow.   

Peace of mind 

You have worked hard for what is rightfully yours. The last thing you want is for someone to come along and destroy your business. A video surveillance system can give you peace of mind, ensuring an increased sense of reassurance and security. When it comes to commercial security cameras, they will make your employees feel at ease when they come to work every day. This can boost morale and employee retention while potentially protecting valuable assets like servers, gear, supplies, etc 

Lower your insurance costs 

A final benefit associated with a video surveillance security system, which many people tend to overlook, is the potential to lower insurance premiums 

Note: APS can’t guarantee this will actually happen.

Protecting your property in this way means risks are lowered, and you are less of a target. This is something that will reflect favorably on you when it comes to your insurance rates. It is certainly worth getting in touch with your insurance provider or agent to inform them of the security improvements you have made to your property to see if they would consider lowering your premiums. It can’t hurt to ask! 


Benefit from Access Professional Systems today 

If you are looking for a video surveillance system for your business or commercial property, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team. We have over 40 years of experience in the security sector, and we can make sure you have the right network surveillance system for your requirements. 

Whether you’re simply looking for video surveillance or you want a full security plan, we can assist. Our other services include the likes of gate automationaccess controlparking technology, and much more, so you can be sure that you will have a tailored security system that is right for your needs and property and the threats you face. 

How do you know you’re in good hands with APS? We’ve successfully installed equipment and services in more than 14,500 projects. Get a free estimate today, or contact us directly by phone at 858-223-9982 (CA) or 602-900-9807 (AZ).  

We look forward to hearing from you!