Do you use video surveillance to keep an eye on your home or business? If you do, you’re just like many other home and businesses across North America!
Video surveillance is slowly becoming one of the best and most important ways you can protect your property. In fact, most businesses across the province have some variation of video surveillance installed. Malls, for example, require video surveillance to prevent and catch shoplifters. Software companies and government organizations also require surveillance equipment to help monitor highly confidential information. It is also becoming more and more popular for homeowners to install video surveillance systems.
. . . But what are the benefits to installing surveillance equipment in the home or office?
Catch a Thief—Fast.
The primary purpose of video surveillance is to monitor property and employee behavior. Even if the theft is not caught on camera, someone like a private investigator can still learn a lot of information.
For example, if a warehouse manager is missing products or other goods, a private investigator can turn to video surveillance. The video surveillance will help to identify the thief. However, if the video surveillance doesn’t show evidence of a break-in, it might mean that the theft was an inside job. An employee would know all of the video camera’s blind spots.
Another example includes, home invasion. If someone breaks into your home and steals valuable goods, you will have very limited leads. If you have set up video surveillance equipment near the front door and back entrance, you increase the odds of uncovering the identity of the thief.
Save Money and Time
It might seem a little expensive to install and use video surveillance equipment. However, in the long run, surveillance equipment will pay for itself. If anything occurs while you aren’t at home, or work, surveillance equipment will catch the event. It works so that you don’t have to!
Help Save Lives
In late August of this year, police released a surveillance video of what appeared to be a kidnapping. A woman is seen ringing the doorbell of the home with video surveillance. In the background, a car pulls up behind her. A man steps out of the car holding what looks like a gun. He grabs the woman and pulls her into the car in what appears to be a very real kidnapping.
The owners of the house did the right thing. They handed the footage over to the police who immediately released it to the public for help in identifying the individuals. As a result, police have identified the woman in the video. She was found safe with family a little while later. The case is still under investigation.
We’re happy to report that these types of situations don’t happen very often. However, in cases dealing with missing people, lack of video surveillance is often what prevents those cases from getting solved.
Security Guards and Video Surveillance
When hired, a security guard will often keep an eye on video surveillance as part of their day-to-day job. It is not common for a homeowner to hire a security guard to monitor video surveillance in a home. That being said, if the house is large enough and has enough rooms, the owner has the right to hire a security guard.
Surveillance for a security guard requires one of two things:
1. Video Monitoring
Many security guards monitor a building or office space via video surveillance. Even security guards working in condominiums monitor video surveillance. Quite simply, the hired security guard will sit in a room with many different television monitors. These monitors display real-time video footage from different rooms or areas of the building.
2. Surveillance Sweeps
Video surveillance only shows a security guard so much information. Every so often, a security guard will need to walk around the office or building. As they walk through, they sweep the area, which basically means that he or she will check to make sure everything is okay.
This is why it is so important to work with a licensed security guard. The reason for this is simple. If the security guard encounters an incident, he or she will not know the correct way to handle or even report the situation.
Private Investigators and Video Surveillance
It is also possible to hire a private investigator to gather video surveillance information. In this case, it is more common to hire a private investigator when working with a home instead of a business.
Similar to security guards, a private investigator offers two types of surveillance services:
1. Home Video Surveillance Set-Up
A private investigator can set up video surveillance around your home. Working with a private investigator ensures that you receive quality service, as he or she will know the best spots to place a video camera or other recording devices. A private investigator can also help monitor your video surveillance equipment.
It is important to note that a private investigator will not usually set up surveillance equipment inside a home. The reason for this is that in many places it is not legal to record someone without their knowledge in such a private space.
It is important to note that setting up video surveillance within a home is illegal in some places. It is up to you and the private investigator you hire to know the law.
2. Video Surveillance in Real-Time
A private investigator can also record video surveillance in real-time. What this means is that he or she can record an individual as they go about their day to day business. The recording can then provide or serve as proof of infidelity, insurance fraud, or even as proof that the individual did nothing wrong.
Again, a private investigator needs to act with caution and within the law. If it is not possible to record an individual without their consent, the evidence cannot be used in court.
Turn to the Professionals
Many police officers find it frustrating when a homeowner releases information about a suspect to the public. Let’s say that a homeowner tries to catch someone stealing his or her mail. Using their own video surveillance set up, are convinced they’ve found the culprit. The problem with this is that more often than not, the “culprit” is really the mailman, or a neighbor.
To prevent this from happening, don’t post your video surveillance on social media. It much better to turn any information you have to the police, security guard or private investigator. These professions take their job very seriously, and are there to help you solve any crime that is committed on your property.
Do you need help with video surveillance? Give us a call today for more information. Phone: 647-479-8474 or Email: Info@SmithInvestigationAgency.com.