If you own a restaurant or bar, one of the most proactive security measures you can take is to install a security camera system. Restaurants and bars often have a higher risk for crime and theft due to high rate of customer flow, extended open hours and high staff turnover rates. In a recent report, statistics revealed that nearly 75% of all restaurant theft is committed by employees, accounting for nearly $6 million in losses for U.S. restaurants per year.
A properly installed security camera system doesn’t just help prevent theft, it can also help protect your business from
employees acting inappropriately, leaving early, or mishandling food as well as protecting you against lawsuits stemming from slips and falls or in the case that a fight breaks out.
One of the best things about a modern day surveillance system is you can view it from almost anywhere in the world on your PC, cell phone, or tablet. This means keeping an eye on your restaurant while at home, on vacation, or virtually anywhere else. When employees know they are being watched they are usually more productive and it inspires better performance overall.
Another benefit of having cameras is seeing exactly who comes in and leaves the restaurant as well as the time and date they entered and left. Transactions from registers can also be easily monitored and recorded. Another advantage is the ability to monitor deliveries of inventory.
What to consider before installing a security camera system in your restaurant or bar:
Before installing a security camera system in your restaurant or bar, you should consider all of the different locations within your restaurant or bar that you would like to view as well as the lighting of each location. This will help determine the type and quantity of cameras you will need for keeping a proper eye over your business.
Below we’ve listed several key locations and what to consider in each spot when installing a security camera.
OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER
Surveillance cameras will need to record to an NVR/DVR which should be located inside the restaurant in a secure location. The NVR/DVR will need a hard drive to store all the video footage from the cameras. Consider how much recording time is needed before the hard drive overwrites the oldest recordings. Many people choose two weeks to a month of recordings. Keep in mind that the more cameras you have the more hard drive space you’ll need.
Now that you have a good idea of what cameras to put where there are a few other things to consider when narrowing down your camera selection and locations. One main factor is keeping the cameras out of private areas such as bathrooms and breakrooms. Cameras should only be in public places to avoid any lawsuits and privacy issues.
If you choose to have cameras with audio you will want to make sure that your state allows audio recording with surveillance cameras. These laws vary state by state so it’s important to check laws for the state the cameras will be installed in.
Aesthetics are often considered when picking cameras for a restaurant. As mentioned above domes are excellent for restaurants because they are aren’t as obtrusive as bullets and many people consider them more visually appealing than bullet or box cameras. Domes also come in mini and low profile housings which are less likely to be seen by customers and tampered with.
After analyzing the locations and types of cameras you will need you may notice that a combination of domes and bullets are required for the surveillance system. Need help putting together a security camera system for your restaurant or bar? We understand that some businesses will have special needs and different scenarios, please contact our experts to get a customized security system that is tailored specifically to your business.