Your business is your baby, but how far do you need to go to make sure it is safe at night? Do you need to give up the warmth of your bed and set up a burglar night watch in your premises?
One business owner did...
Saneer Patel is the owner of ZB News on Rayleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea.
Recently, he sacrificed the comfort of his own bed and started to spend the nights sleeping on his shop floor.
In April, a group of thieves smashed through the front window and ransacked his newsagents for the third time in 15 months. They also stole 35 bottles of spirits.
These recurring robberies have caused Saneer to consider closing down his corner shop after 30 years of successful business.
Despite the devastation, there is a silver lining - this time around, Saneer had a commercial CCTV system that caught the whole ordeal on tape...
The power of CCTV for business
35 bottles of spirit might not seem like the biggest loss in the world until you put it into perspective. A bottle of spirits is roughly £20-30, multiply that amount by 35 and you start to see the damage this can do for the owner of a small newsagents. Spirits are probably the most expensive items in his shop!
Imagine if it had been your business. What would the burglar want to steal from you?
It's the next morning and as you approach the front door, glass and debris is scattered everywhere. Valuable assets have been stolen, thousands of pounds worth of damage has been done and your business is brought to a standstill. Horrible!
How could CCTV help?
You didn't think this would ever happen to you so didn't bother to install a commercial CCTV system. The robbers are long gone and you have lost thousands of pounds in stolen goods as well as facing a bill to repair the damage. The Police have no video footage to help identify the suspects and prosecute them. There's not much that can be done - other than contacting your insurance company.
Scenario 2 - caught on camera!
You look at the CCTV control panel on your PC and find footage of the incident to show Police. Your HD CCTV captures the suspect's faces perfectly! All is not lost...
The Police identify the crooks and justice is served. Future burglars are put off from targeting your shop or any other shop in the street out of fear of being caught!
You're woken up at 4am by your phone buzzing! It's your Smart Alarm mobile app that's linked to your CCTV system.
The app is notifying you that the alarm has been set off and you instantly switch to the CCTV view to see the thieves in the act. Your monitored alarm system has sent a distress call to the monitoring station and Police have been alerted to attend the scene ASAP.
You give the Police the best chance to catch the burglars before too much damage has been done. Better still, this early intervention will mean the least disruption to your business!
Your premises could be next! Equip your business with a quality, reliable, professionally installed CCTV system to beat the burglars and protect your livelihood.
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