ARE YOU PROTECTING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS WITH SECURITY CAMERAS?
As a business owner, you are probably familiar with fire and burglary systems. Today, though, there is a much better level of protection available. Camera systems should be an integral part of any commercial security system. While they differ in complexity and cost, there is a range of security camera systems to fit most budgets and needs. Many business owners opt to have a professional install and monitor their security camera system.
Burglary, Robbery and Vandalism
Burglary, robbery and vandalism are obvious reasons business owners have security cameras installed. But there are other crimes you may not have thought of that directly impact your bottom line. Security cameras are the best way to prevent theft. Whether it be from shoplifters, burglars or employees, theft can wreak havoc with your bottom line. Shoplifting is the most prevalent crime across the country. It costs business owners approximately $13 billion a year. Security cameras discourage shoplifters. Placed appropriately, they can also provide video evidence of a shoplifter in action. This makes it easier for law enforcement authorities to build a case for prosecution.
It’s not just outsiders who steal from business owners. U.S. businesses lose approximately $40 billion a year because of theft by employees, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The typical business loses 5 percent of its revenue to employee theft or fraud, with smaller businesses being hit harder. Approximately 40 percent of thefts by employees involve money, with the average amount stolen $20,000, according to the U.S.Chamber Foundation. Also alarming is that it takes an average of two years for a business owner to uncover employee theft.
The U.S. Chamber recommends security cameras as one way to protect your business from employee theft. Employees are less likely to steal if they know they are being watched. Limiting access to surveillance codes and placing cameras where money is kept is also recommended.
Slip and fall fraud
We’ve all heard about the “slip and fall” incidents that bedevil commercial establishments of all sizes. Fraudsters know businesses carry liability insurance. If someone is looking for an easy payout, why not defraud a business with deep pockets? Who’s it going to hurt? The National Safety Council estimates that these accidents cost businesses approximately $70 billion a year. Security cameras are invaluable in protecting a business owner from phony fraud. While many of these cases are actual accidents, some are scams. Video footage of scam artists staging accidents has helped many prosecutors put these criminals behind bars. You may also get a discount on your insurance if you have security cameras installed. Protect your business assets with a camera security system Take the next step in helping your business grow while protecting your customers and employees.
Delco Alarm Systems installs a wide range of surveillance systems, all offering the industry’s leading technology. We offer dome cameras, which have a 360-degree rotation, low light cameras, which provide a clearer picture for night recording, high-resolution cameras, which offer greater detail and the new HD cameras with 24/7 color.
Call the professionals at Delco Alarm Systems at (610) 494-9100 to schedule a free consultation and estimate.