As more employees continue to work from home and business hours are shortened, many storefronts and warehouses are left vacant– begging the question, “who’s watching over your business?”
The criminals waiting for the opportunity to steal from and vandalize your business are hoping for one answer: no one.
A 2017 survey by a Chicago-based insurance agency found that nearly 1 in 10 businesses experience a break-in or serious theft. The New York Times also reported that recent economic uncertainty is doing the rate of these incidents no favors.
So, what’s the best way to protect your home during times like these?
A comprehensive video surveillance system, like one provided by Ackerman Security, is essential in protecting your business. Even companies that keep full-time security guards on the payroll still use video surveillance to monitor the property.
There are two different paths to follow when choosing the right kind of surveillance system to best protect your business. Let’s look at the two types and their pros and cons to determine which one will protect your company property best.
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Short for network video recording, an NVR system is the localized version of video surveillance where cameras transmit recording to a local server on the property. That data can be backed up off site and viewed remotely, but it’s still living on a computer somewhere inside the building. Think of it like taking a picture on your phone before it backs up to the cloud.
Pros of NVR
NVR systems offer the most control to IT professionals managing the network. Everything is managed in house which makes customization more flexible. The system can also store better image quality since everything is being transferred locally (important for identifying faces and license plates). This option might work well for rural sites that can’t depend on a consistent internet connection for live backups.
Cons of NVR
This customization and quality comes at a financial cost. Since the recordings are stored locally, all upfront costs of that hardware is on you, as well as employing someone who knows how to implement and manage it. But if you’re willing and able to pay more up front and learn the systems, that doesn’t have to be a deal breaker.
Cloud surveillance systems, as the name implies, take the local storage of surveillance recordings to the cloud. Even if you have no experience with large cloud surveillance systems, you’ve likely seen examples of its technology in video doorbells outside many homes.
Pros of Cloud
Cloud surveillance services remove the upfront costs of local storage by eliminating the need for an on-site server. Just install the cameras, connect them to the internet and the footage is stored to a cloud service you can access anywhere. It’s a great way to save on startup costs and the companies that provide cloud services usually build a friendlier interface to view and manage footage as well.
Cons of Cloud
Cloud surveillance is a service, which means you save money upfront by skipping the local storage, but spend monthly or annually to continue using the cloud services. It’s also important to choose a company you trust, with a good reputation, to manage for your footage for months and years. Simply put, if it’s a company you trust that provides its service at a good price, these cons shouldn’t be an issue.
Which surveillance tech is right for you? Don’t let your business go unprotected — let a company you trust give you the security you need with a state-of-the-art video surveillance system.