05 August 2021
Whether you are an educational establishment, commercial
business enterprise or hospital, safeguarding your staff, business and data is
crucial. The importance of effective CCTV surveillance is unquestionable.
A key business security measure and effective deterrent for
theft and vandalism, CCTV cameras positioned at the appropriate angles are
crucial in keeping businesses and people safe and providing peace of mind.
Here, we discuss CCTV technology and where it should be positioned to be most effective to
safeguard commercial business sites.
In November 2020, it was reported that the number of CCTV cameras in the UK had reached 5.2 million, with 98 percent ofthis total being operated by private businesses and homeowners.
Not only do these figures demonstrate the awareness and
intent of businesses wanting to protect their premises, it also emphasises that
organisation decision makers are well aware of the countless benefits that
installing a CCTV will deliver their business.
A CCTV system delivers a host of benefits to commercial
- Deterring theft
- Constant protection
- Protecting lone workers
- Providing camera footage for evidence
- Health and safety/monitoring incidents on-site
- Deterring vandalism
- Assist with time management/staff timekeeping
- Giving managers visibility of the entire
- Monitoring staff safety
- Providing peace of mind
Implementing CCTV camera systems, alongside a remote
monitoring service, acts as a preventative measure and provides live camera
feeds that alert security staff to any suspicious activity or movement.
CCTV camera positioning
It is no surprise that the positioning of CCTV requires
careful planning and consideration. To reap their full security benefit,
knowing the most effective places to position cameras, including the most
appropriate height and angles, is vital.
At TouchStar, our pre-installation activity is as important
as when we fit an organisation’s CCTV. Our team of experts will visit your site
and complete an in-depth CCTV survey. This will establish your unique
requirements and where best to position your CCTV to maximise your investment and
fully enhance your security. Our CCTV surveys address several aspects, which
- Indication of typical light levels
- Surveillance zones
- Requirements for remote monitoring
- Requirements for video motion detectors
- Mains power supply assessment
There are several key areas located in and around a
commercial property that should be prioritised for CCTV installation:
An area that could potentially be overlooked, a reception is
of great importance and a high-traffic location.
Reception areas often have people regularly entering and
leaving during business hours and at peak times. If the reception area is
street-facing, it is also likely going to be the most common area for potential
vandals and trespassers to attempt to enter the premises. Not only will a CCTV
camera be an effective deterrent, but it will allow customers and staff to be
monitored and unrecognised visitors to be identified.
Exits and entrances
Keeping track of authorised personnel who enter and leave
commercial premises can be a time-intensive task, as well as identifying and
filtering out potential trespassers. CCTV positioned at entrance and exit
points enables tracking of everyone entering the premises, and delivers a clear
view of their faces should this be required at a later date.
CCTV positioned at exits and entrances ensures that
individuals are aware they are being monitored and acts as a deterrent for
theft and vandalism. However, to ensure the best quality images, care and
consideration of light sources next to any doors, as well as how this light
changes throughout the day, must be factored in.
Most commercial business have a storage room, which could be
used to house a range of items, such as confidential data, IT equipment/servers
documents or products ahead of distribution. In certain circumstances, access
to storage rooms is denied for specific employees.
Installing CCTV at the door to the storage room allows the
restricted area and its contents to be monitored, and any unauthorised entry to
While the positioning of CCTV cameras is vital, so too is
achieving optimal height. The most common installation height is generally
either 2.5m or 5m, however, this depends completely on the property and/or location
of where the equipment is being installed.
When considering optimum height of CCTV cameras, consider:
- If they are mounted too low, they will act as a
focal point, be conspicuous and attract vandals, and be accessible for thieves.
- If they are mounted too high or positioned too
far away from the monitored location, this could cause pixelated imagery when
zooming in, making identifying faces at a later date problematic.
- If they are mounted in too much of a disguised
position to hide the camera, this could interfere with visibility/viewing
angles and block lines of sight.
When considering investing in CCTV for your commercial
operation, it is important to consider scalability. Ensure that the technology
you are opting for has the capability to be scaled up and grow as your
At TouchStar, we utilise the very latest technologies to
deliver fully scalable systems. So, you can be assured that your advanced CCTV
technology can grow with your business operation as you upscale.
Not a ‘one size fits all’ approach
At TouchStar ATC, our experts believe in a completely
bespoke approach to CCTV installation – after all, every business is unique and
brings with it its own set of specific requirements.
We’ve been supplying bespoke security solutions to
businesses across a variety of sectors for more than 30 years. Our CCTV experts
are on hand and more than happy to assist you in choosing the right system to
suit your organisation.
Get in touch
today to find out how we can help.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – LYNDEN JONES
Lynden joined Touchstar ATC (formally Feedback Data) in a sales role for Access Control in 2010. Prior to joining the company, Lynden held both Production and Account Manager roles, gaining wide technical and commercial experience within the electronics market.
In 2013 Lynden was promoted to Sales Director and in 2017 he took overall responsibility of the business as Managing Director.As well as running Touchstar ATC, Lynden still remains extremely active in the sales and key account management aspects of the business. When not involved in the business, Lynden is a keen performance car enthusiast.