So you are the sole proprietor of a retail shop and after much research, you have pieced together the perfect digital video security system to help curb your increasing shrinkage problem. Huge 500 gig hard drive, 10 days of storage, 2 gigs of ram, and the latest video card. You are locked and loaded just ready to nab some thieves that are bleeding you dry.

The first week you watch more stored video than a kid on a PlayStation. The next not as much and then a month later – you're not watching it at all. Whether you are a small mum and dad outlet or a franchised national chain; the simple fact is, to get the most value out of your digital video system, you have to review the footage.

After the honeymoon you still have to pay attention to your mate. After the digital security purchase you still have to watch the footage to catch or spot irregularities that you might not see in real time.

"Only when I get that feeling"

Are you one of those people that only refer to the stored footage after you think somebody was acting strange in aisle twelve? Doing that is good of course but what about the person that was actually doing serious lifting in aisle eight that you didn't notice. Using this expensive system only to follow up on hunches is a waste of money.

I know reviewing storage footage takes more time than you have in the day, even if you speed it up. You can't run the store and watch video at the same time.

Visible security cameras will deter some theft but the professional thief will not care about cameras. They will test your system to see whether you actually watch the "tape".

At least on an analog VCR system you could just pull the tape and set it aside for viewing later. While in the digital age, you can't pull a drive as easily as pulling a cassette out of a recorder. If you don't watch your footage; it will get over written at some point in time. That's the beauty of a digital system; no tape swapping to remember.

Here are a few simple tips to get you reviewing the footage regularly:

  • Schedule time to actually watch some footage – you don't have to watch it all at once but if you review some of it that's better than nothing. Even if it's just a half an hour a day – that's better than not at all.
  • Watch more of the footage of known trouble spots than of areas that are relatively incident free.
  • Setup a remote connection and let your children play detective. The better systems allow remote viewing to let your children or spouse review footage. The children may even find it fun. Even an 8 year old can tell if someone put something in their pocket without paying.
  • Let a trusted employee watch some footage too. Just make sure you setup permissions to block out any hidden cameras you don't want the employee to know about.

Purchasing a CCTV surveillance system alone will not eliminate shrinkage if you don't watch the captured footage. Hopefully these tips will help you come up with a review program that suits your situation.


CCTV camera systems (CCTV stands for closed circuit television) are quickly becoming an important aspect in security. All kinds of businesses stand to benefit from installing these camera systems in their stores and office buildings. You can't be everywhere at once, but your closed circuit television can.

Wouldn't you feel more secure knowing that if any unsavory activities were to occur in your office building or store that you could turn to your CCTV camera and discover exactly what went on? Your employees would feel safer knowing that a theft deterrent is protecting their place of work. Not everyone can afford a security guard, but a CCTV camera system can be tailored to fit your budget.

Studies in England showed that these systems installed in areas susceptible to crime led to a reduction of 85% to 94% in crime rates. The cameras are small but their presence is powerful. Not only do they reduce crime, but through that crime reduction, customers and neighbors feel safer as well.

The benefits to the installation of CCTV systems are both numerous and practical, and include:

* Reducing potential insurance premiums upon installation
* Increasing staff productivity
* Identifying criminals
* Monitoring areas you can't
* Deters theft, malicious mischief and vandalism
* Constant and consistent surveillance 24 hours a day, every day

Black and white CCTV cameras are the most common and least expensive type of security camera. They have a better sensitivity to light as well. However, new technologies are making colour cameras more light sensitive and less expensive. Because colour images are more true to life, these cameras are becoming much more popular. The level of security you need will help you determine which kind of camera is right for you.

CCTV security systems are available for your indoor, outdoor, and even underwater surveillance needs, and one system can be expected to last at least five years. For a small amount of pocket change per day, you can protect your business and know that should anything happen, you can always rely on the evidence from your camera.

You've invested a lot in your business. Isn't it time to secure that investment? It only takes a moment to peruse the types of CCTV cameras and systems available. Do it today for a safer tomorrow.

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JST was recommended to me by another business owner because of their competitive prices, quality of work and back up service.

I have certainly found this to be the case and would happily recommend them to other business owners.