The Benefits of Video Surveillance in the Workplace

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While most people believe that a video surveillance system is a method to protect a workplace against burglary and thefts, CCTV systems also provide employers with the ability to monitor the employees’ performance and behavior. CCTV cameras are connected to a video surveillance system and the live feed can be viewed and recorded at one’s own leisure. Regardless of the type of business you have, security cameras offer a variety of benefits for your workplace. Here is how they can assist both employees and employers. Misconduct and misbehavior A security camera discourages unsafe behavior by employees, and also provides protection for employees from being harassed, exploited or otherwise abused by supervisors or other work colleagues. Employees are less likely to engage in inappropriate behavior when they know there is someone or something watching them. Safety The video surveillance system ensures that the workplace has restricted access and employees can work without having to worry about any exposure to outside dangers or interference. It keeps a track of people entering and exiting your building, lifts, rooms, parking lots, etc. There could be so many potential areas for misconduct or criminal activity that you hadn’t even thought of. If you are a business owner with an office set up, a security camera system can be very useful in preventing theft of confidential and vital information. Productivity With CCTV cameras watching their every move, employees are likely to limit their personal activities such as chatting on social networking sites, playing computer games or talking on the phone for long periods of time. When they know that they are being watched, employees tend...

The Merits of Installing Video Surveillance in Nursing Homes

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There are approximately 2,800 nursing homes in Australia and growing, 30% to 40% of which have been cited for neglect and abuse. Surprisingly, most families are unaware about the occurrence of this abuse because nursing home patients are unable to communicate to their loved ones due to embarrassment, or fear of retribution. Families driven by suspecting abuse or neglect have turned to video surveillance system to identify and record abuse. In addition to providing elderly patient families with evidence, the use of video also captures caregivers stealing money, and violation of inappropriate behavior. Adopting this legislation of allowing the cameras in nursing homes will be a positive step towards the prevention of elderly abuse, and will provide families with access to real time video footage. It has been proven that the use of video surveillance cameras has successfully deterred crime in public areas such as hospitals, shopping malls, schools, government buildings, to name a few places. Below we have described the potential benefits of video surveillance in more detail. Reduced Fear of Crime Many studies have tried to determine if the presence of cameras in public areas such as corridors etc provides an added safety benefit to residents.  Although the findings are mixed, it generally shows a reduction in the level of fear of crime amongst people in CCTV areas. Assistance for Police Investigations Apart from CCTV cameras having a significant role in crime prevention, they also make a contribution to detection. The footage from these cameras provides assistance with an offender’s conviction. Camera footage can also help identify potential witnesses who are hesitant to come forward to the...