One of the first decisions you’ll have to make when installing a commercial surveillance system is whether you want your cameras to be visible or hidden. There are pros and cons to each, and here’s what you need to know to make an informed choice.
Visible cameras: pros
Beyond recording and monitoring what goes on in a given location, the main advantage of visible security cameras is that they act as a fairly effective deterrent. Less motivated criminals are likely to try and find a different target if they notice cameras. In addition, visible cameras allow you to position them in the optimal location and at the optimal angle, which ensures you’ll get great coverage of the premises.
Visible cameras: cons
While the deterrent effect of visible security cameras is ideal for retail stores and banks, this isn’t the case in settings like museums and healthcare facilities. In a museum or art gallery, security cameras can take away from the atmosphere the owners are trying to create. In some healthcare settings, patients may feel that cameras could potentially violate their privacy.
Another drawback of visible cameras is that, being visible makes it easier for someone to circumvent or disable them. However, this can be mitigated if they’re positioned in ways that make it hard to step outside their range or tamper with them.
Hidden cameras: pros
Hiding your security cameras will make it harder for would-be intruders to tamper with them. In contexts where visible cameras may be inappropriate, they’ll also provide valuable security monitoring capabilities without undermining the atmosphere of your establishment.
If your business is burgled or vandalised, hidden cameras make it more likely that you’ll be able to identify the culprit by reviewing the footage.
Hidden cameras: cons
The main drawback of hidden cameras is that, by their very nature, it can be hard to get a good angle or a clear picture. Their lenses may be partially obscured by furniture, merchandise, racks or shelving and the spots you can install them in are limited.
Remember that your employees have to be aware of hidden cameras especially if you’re using them to try and crack down on problems like workplace theft or vandalism. You need to tell your employees why they’re being watched.
Choose the right security company
The bottom line is that hidden and visible cameras can work in concert to provide you with comprehensive commercial surveillance. However, they’re only as good as the people who install them, so trust the experts at Guardian Security Solutions. We install security cameras, alarms and access control systems in the Calgary and Lethbridge areas. To find out more or get a free estimate, simply contact us today.