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Security Camera Basics

A Guide to Using Video Cameras in Your Business Security Program

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Video cameras are a staple of business security. Before you begin a surveillance program, however, you need to consider several technical and policy issues. Here are 5 questions that will help you make the right choices.

1. How can I monitor my business and still respect employee privacy?

Preventing internal theft, drug use and violence; these are all valid reasons for surveillance in the workplace. Such activities can cost your business plenty in terms of lost inventory, decreased productivity and injury. But while you are responsible to protect your company's bottom line, you also need to respect your staff's right to privacy. Click here to learn how to use video cameras as part of a reasonable surveillance program.

2. What are the best locations for security cameras?

In order to realize maximum investigative and deterrent value from your cameras, you need to carefully choose where you place them. Click here to learn more about the 4 best locations to install your video cameras.

3. Can I still record in direct sunlight? Bright light, such as direct sunlight, can ruin your video images. Click here to learn about two video cameras that can capture images in difficult lighting conditions.

4. What type of recorder should I use?

Recording your the images from your video cameras allows you to investigate crimes or accidents after the fact. Click here for a short history of how video recording technology has developed, and an overview of the tools at your disposal.

5. What should I look for in a video contractor?

Even though the market is flooded with DIY video equipment, an experienced professional is well worth the added expense. Click here to learn how to select the right contractor for your business.

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