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How Retailers Can Prepare for the Holidays with

Published by Ellen on November 11, 2013 8:13 AM

If you're a business owner or shop manager, keeping your business safe and shielded against theft and break-ins is a chief priority during the holiday season. Particularly in the retail and cargo industry, having the right security plan is critical to ensuring that your business doesn't become a target.

Knowing the most effective elements of what comprises a security plan will help you both prevent and catch thieves. The threat of outside theft is not the only concern; employee theft is another common crime to watch out for. Investing in an indoor/outdoor video surveillance system is by far the most important piece of your holiday security plan.

Here are a few tips to remember when shopping or upgrading your security camera system for the holiday season:

IP Video: You'll get much more out of an IP (Internet-based) video system than you would with CCTV video. These versatile security camera systems are powered over the Ethernet, thereby requiring fewer cables to operate. What's more is that with IP video, you're able to access and view live and recorded video directly from a smartphone or tablet so you can stay with your system wherever you go. Unlike CCTV systems, IP video offers HD and megapixel resolution for clearer images.

HD Video Resolution: Many business professionals aren't aware of just how crucial HD video resolution can be to identifying key details. Often, retailers and other businesses vulnerable to theft aren't able to properly identify the thief due to poor quality images. Older systems that have CCTV cameras deliver low video resolution, making it virtually impossible to see physical characteristics and other noteworthy details.

Network video recorder: A network video recorder (NVR) will allow you to control, view, and store video for up to several days or months (depending on storage size). This is necessary for storing video evidence lest you need to go back and review earlier footage. Many of the top NVRs today come with high-tech video analytics to improve camera performance. Talk to our IP video experts at to learn what type of NVR is right for you.

There's a lot more to know and learn when it comes to securing your business. Leave it to us to help you find the most optimal, and economically priced video surveillance system you can find. We'll listen to your needs, and make a qualified recommendation that suits your application and budget.

In the meantime, you can learn more about specific retail security tactics and solutions on our Retail Industry Page.


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