If you've been considering making use of CCTV Installers to update your existing retail security system, or to establish an entirely new one, now is the best time to do it.
According to statistics gathered by the Press Association (PA), shoplifting from supermarkets in England and Wales rose by 8% in the three-year period between 2014 and 2017. In 2017 alone, police forces investigated over 78,000 incidents, which was up from the 72,000 that were reported in 2014.
The Police Federation of England and Wales have put the rise in retail crime down to a 'decade of government cuts' that has seen officer numbers reduced by over 20,000. This they say has seen policing reduced to an 'almost entirely reactive service' – there are simply not enough officers to deal with what is being asked of them.
This is something that would-be criminals have picked up on. Speaking aboutPA's statistics, the British Retail Consortium, the trade association for retailers, have pointed out that 'criminals are increasingly targeting supermarkets' – ultimately, the costs are borne by everyday shoppers and those who rely on retailing as their livelihood.
With this rise in crime, CCTV is very quickly growing in usage across all manner of retail operations – from the large chains to local businesses. But what benefits can they actually provide?
How CCTV Installers Can Help In The Battle To Prevent Shoplifting
Increased levels of security.
First and foremost, the introduction of CCTV will help to provide an additional level of protection for the business, its products, as well as the staff and customers who operate within it. Thanks to the ability of a modern security camera to record images in HD and securely deliver them to a removable storage device, on the virtual Cloud or to any internet-connecting device, the user doesn't even need to be on-site to view images anymore.
This will give the business the ability to monitor the premises 24/7, 365 days a year; providing them with the peace of mind in knowing that if anything were to happen, the very least the business will have is useable evidence that can be passed on to the police, the local authority and its insurance company.
Remote accessing abilities.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks with older types of security cameras was that the user would have to be on-site to view what was happening. As already mentioned, today's cameras, which can be obtained from CCTV installers, are able to take advantage of high-speed internet to deliver images (live and recorded) no matter where the user may be. As those in charge of a business will have to fulfil a number of roles in their day-to-day work, they cannot be in all places at once – but at least they'll be able to look after their security regardless of where they are. That's one less thing to worry about!
Provides a deterrent.
Aside from its ability to monitor and record the areas it's been assigned to, the other major benefit to owning any type of CCTV camera is that it provides a visible deterrent. After spotting one, anyone with nefarious intentions is likely to think twice – making the prospect of them getting away with their intentions, more difficult. With the addition of a modern, HD system, it will make them think three times (especially if their attention is drawn to the fact they're being monitored in high-definition!) Even if the worst comes to the worst, the retailer will have the footage they need to apprehend them.
Reduces human errors.
We're all human; mistakes will happen. CCTV is not human, it is a machine designed to monitor and record, so therefore, it is a more reliable evidence-provider than humans – its recollections cannot be brought into question.
With the camera being able to record everything it sees, any mistakes the retailers may make (such as misidentification) can be virtually prevented,making for a slicker security operation – not only helping to identify the right people but also giving genuine customers the confidence that they can shop in comfort too.
Improve Your Retail Security With Maxtag
If you're interested in improving your own CCTV infrastructure, then you've come to the right place.
Here at Maxtag, we are professional CCTV installers who are on hand to offer advice and assistance when it comes to you choosing the right security system for your business. Over the last 20 years, we have installed the latest in CCTV security around the UK in all manner of different business and building types – whether it's a retail store, a restaurant or pub, schools and many other public and private intuitions.
Our service seeks to create bespoke security solutions for all of our clients – after all, different businesses have different requirements and exist in different types of buildings. No matter the budget you have available, your requirements or limitations, our experienced team are able to work with you to create your ideal CCTV infrastructure.
If you would like to discuss further how we can help your business, then please feel free to give our team a call on 0800 044 3160. Alternatively, if you prefer to send an e-mail enquiry to us, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org.