Security Cameras: To Hide or Not to Hide?


In this day and age, unfortunately, the rate of theft and other criminal activity in retail settings is steadily rising. On an annual basis, over $30 billion of revenue is lost in these establishments, attributed solely to organized retail crime. The statistics are staggering, but due to technological advances in security cameras and closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, there are more ways than ever to deter crime and, at the very least, gather evidence.


As a business owner, it’s important to employ the most effective and practical security measures for your needs. These organizational details also include deciding whether to hide security cameras or keep them in full view. If your decision isn’t immediately apparent to you, the answer is simple: try both.


It should be a no-brainer that the safety of you, your employees, and all visitors to your business is of the utmost importance. However, maintaining the aesthetic integrity of your space can also be highly significant, depending upon the type of business you run. Bulky security cameras may actually take away from the visual appeal of your space.


Adding to the previous idea, your honest and loyal customers may feel a bit uncomfortable with multiple big, conspicuous security cameras staring at them while they shop. Try keeping a few cameras in plain sight, in addition to hiding some in well-planned places to capture criminal activity on film without deterring honest clientele.


Finally, employee theft accounts for about 45% of all financial losses in retail. The obvious cameras will work in your favor, as they’ll undoubtedly keep employees on their toes. However, hidden cameras are just as beneficial. You’ll have the opportunity to capture and understand the uncut goings-on of your business, whether you’re physically present or not.


At the end of the day, enhanced security and loss prevention methods are crucial to maintaining a profitable business. Helping you choose the best way to implement these methods is where we come into play.


To learn more about security solutions for your business, contact Millennium Fire & Security today!