3 Reasons Why Every Restaurant Needs Video Surveillance

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3 Reasons Why Every Restaurant Should Have a Video Surveillance System

Unfortunately, a restaurant can be a prime target for crime. Whether you’re a restaurant owner or operator, focusing on drawing customers into your dining room must be balanced with security concerns such as crime, loss, liability and food safety.  

Video surveillance is an excellent solution for restaurants looking for a comprehensive security solution. Cameras can help you keep an eye on all of the operations of your business, from employees to customers to the areas surrounding your restaurant.

Consider the following 3 reasons why every restaurant should have a video surveillance system.

  1. Video surveillance can improve your profits and productivity.

Did you know that that video surveillance can actually help boost productivity and profits? Bloomberg Business reported that in a study of 392 restaurants with video surveillance, these establishments saw a 22 percent drop in theft and a 7 percent increase in profits. And that’s not something to shrug off! Ultimately, video cameras allow managers to spend less time monitoring employees and more time doing crucial work for your restaurant.

  1. Video cameras are easy to install and even easier to use.

These days, video surveillance has become a typical security tool for restaurants. One reason for video surveillance’s popularity is how easy cameras are to install and use. For installation, it’s probable that no coaxial cable or power tools are necessary; getting started could be as straightforward as mounting your cameras and hooking up your recorder. Then, you’re set to go!

There are companies out there who can help you keep your restaurant secure by partnering with you in your security strategy. For example, some companies will monitor the feeds of your video cameras during the hours of your choosing, and send the feeds to your smartphone. Some will also dispatch a roving patrol officer or the local police if they catch something suspicious on your feeds. When choosing a video surveillance provider, check out the offerings of several companies in your area to see which features work best for your restaurant.

  1. Video surveillance can protect your business from both internal and external crime.

If you own a sit-down restaurant, then you’re probably aware of “dine-and-dash” situations in which diners leave before the bill arrives, sticking you with the cost of their meal. Or, depending on where your restaurant is located, vandalism might be an issue. Vandalism is a problem that damages the overall ambiance of your restaurant and detracts potential diners from giving you their business.

Video surveillance can help prevent and even solve such crimes. Studies have shown that cameras may discourage incidents of workplace violence, property damage and vandalism. This is because using video surveillance can cause a “halo effect,” meaning that wherever cameras are placed, there is also increased security in areas just outside the view of the cameras.

People Counting cameras are also useful security tools. These particular cameras track the number of persons in and around your restaurant and can come in handy.  This information can be provided to local law enforcement after a crime has occurred.

While you have a lot to worry about in running a restaurant, safety and security should be at the top of your list. Video surveillance is an easy to install, easy to use security method that can improve your profits and productivity. When considering implementing VSaaS (Video Surveillance as a Service), don’t forget to review the benefits each company offers to find the right fit for you.

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SMART Security Pros is a provider of armed security services utilizing only active/retired/prior law enforcement officers as well as Remote Guard Video Surveillance services.  Shawn Scarlata is the Founder/CEO and the author of this post.

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