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How Many Video Cameras Do I Need for My Business?

If you are opening a new business, protecting it is one of your top priorities. When considering your options in security systems and all of their elements, most people find that it is much more complex than it seems at the surface level. As they consider these things, one of the first questions business owners ask is, “How many cameras do I need?”.

Since the number of cameras a business needs is dependent on the business and all of its unique operational and risk factors, we will discuss the factors that play a role in determining how many video surveillance cameras it takes to cover a facility effectively.

First Consideration, Budget

Before you can consider how many cameras you’ll need, you first need to consider your security budget and how much you are willing to devote to your video surveillance system. While you may decide to change it later and redistribute funds across the project, it is important to have an idea of how you’d like to distribute the funds. 


Establish What Areas You Want to be Covered

Budget restraints aside, consider how you’d ideally like to cover your property with video surveillance. Here is a list of indoor and outdoor examples:

  • Front entrance
  • Waiting rooms and lobbies
  • Reception areas
  • Points of sale
  • Near valuable equipment or supplies 
  • The retail floor
  • Production areas
  • Back office
  • Storage areas
  • Hallways
  • Stairwells
  • High traffic areas
  • Parking lots 


Know Your Goals

Video surveillance is not just for pure security. Visibility over your organization can provide many additional benefits. Understanding these benefits may impact the number and placement of video cameras.

  • Increased productivity
  • Elevated temperature detection
  • Heat mapping
  • Occupancy counts
  • And more

Consider Your Risks

Every business will have a different set of risks and crimes they will want to deter. Consider those risks and how video surveillance can play a role in catching and deterring crimes in relation to your risk factors. These are common risks and concerns for most businesses:

  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Fraud
  • Workplace violence
  • Active attackers
  • Vandalism
  • Loitering
  • High crime location
  • Highly trafficked area
  • Highly sought product, supplies, equipment
  • Remote/vulnerable property

Need Commercial Video Surveillance? Step 1: Talk to a Security Integrator

A security integrator like ATS can help ensure that your business is properly protected by video surveillance while considering budget and risks. An experienced integrator can assess your risks, factor in your security goals, and make suggestions that will fit your budget. In many cases, the right camera choices can cover wider areas and handle various conditions such as low light or glares to reduce the overall number of cameras needed to cover the property. 

Since we began in 1984, Associated Technical Services has provided every customer with quality implementations, outstanding service, and innovative solutions. If you have questions about commercial video surveillance systems, call us today! 414-476-4200