First let’s look at a few of the benefits and detriments of hidden security cameras.
Three Benefits of Hidden Security Cameras
- You can watch someone’s behavior without their knowledge.
- You can find out which employees are trustworthy.
- You can catch an employee in the act (they could be stealing or goofing off).
Three Detriments of Hidden Cameras
- You could get in trouble with the law if you use them incorrectly (check the laws in your county or state which govern the use of hidden security cameras).
- You run the risk of getting caught spying on someone. This person could be your most trusted employee, but because you where spying on them they felt uncomfortable and decide to work elsewhere.
- You can still experience theft and lose your valuables forever, even if you do have the person arrested.
As you can see hidden security cameras may not be the way to go, especially if you get caught violating your county or state laws.
In addition, catching people in the act, then having them arrested, may be more trouble than it’s worth, especially if you prosecute them to the full extent of the law.
This is one of the main reasons why many businesses prefer overt security cameras.
They want to deter criminal activity from happening at their company.
Now let’s take a look at the benefits and detriments of overt surveillance cameras.
Three Benefits of Overt Cameras
- Employees are on their best behavior when they know they are being watched.
- Dishonest people tend not to stay at businesses with overt security cameras, unless they notice a blind spot. These type of people like to supplement their income with whatever they can steal from their employer. Many times they won’t even accept a job when they see that surveillance cameras are everywhere.
- As mentioned above, catching someone in the act can cost you more in the long run than it is worth. It is far better to deter the crime from happening in the first place.
Three Detriments of Overt Cameras
- They may look ugly and don’t blend in to your office’s decor. This is one of the main reasons that your cameras should be professionally installed. A true professional will take that in to consideration.
- You have noticeable blind spots which thieves can take advantage of and rob you blind. A professional installer will solve this problem as well.
- Some of your employees may feel uncomfortable when you have surveillance cameras installed. Explain that it is for their safety and protection. Those who decide to leave may be dishonest and you would be better off without them anyway.
As you can see, overt security cameras are the way to go for most situations.
Also, with hidden security cameras, you can get in trouble if you don’t use them in a way that the law allows in your county or state.
Keep in mind your reason for wanting security cameras. More than likely it is to keep you and your employee’s safe, while simultaneously eliminating crime.
The bottom line is that, hidden security cameras may be more trouble than they’re worth.