Retail store security evolution

April 2006 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

Remember the 'old days' when retailers stood behind counters and the only problems we had were staff theft and a little bit of shoplifting, the days when stores where open five and a half days a week and you could keep your 'eye' on things? Retailers accepted the cost of losses as a small percentage of profits. As business hours increased, so did the type and diversity of the crimes. Now you have to worry about staff theft, shoplifting, short delivered goods being signed for in full by willing accomplices in our goods receiving area and numerous other subterfuge plans to hide and remove your stock. Add to this staff undercharging their friends for goods while you are not there and of course the recent spate of stolen cheque scams and you have a recipe for disaster. Unless of course you have eyes everywhere, including the back of your head.

As store hours increase and management time is stretched, technology can come to the rescue. A well-placed CCTV system with a decent DVR can go a long way in preventing many of the crimes taking place in your store. The CCTV system can be your eyes at the back of your head and your eyes when you are not there. They can and usually are a big deterrent. Of course you have to use the system proactively. You cannot simply install a system and just leave it in place. Today, with digital recorders and with the advent of high speed remote monitoring, you can be in control of your business from wherever you are.

Video Domain Technologies, with its Neteye range, offers a proven range of advanced visual evidence solutions for remote, realtime video monitoring of enterprises, critical assets and private applications. These solutions enable you to view, hear and record events and individuals of interest for immediate action or for later review. Video Domain's solutions complement existing digital video recording systems and are easily integrated into existing set-ups at a fraction of the cost per channel of multichannel digital video recording systems.

The Neteye family of powerful processors digitise analog video and audio signals in realtime and transmit them over either telephone lines, cellular or TCP\IP communications for monitoring and recording at your home, office or laptop computer. All this is done from a small box with no need for a PC at the monitored premises. You might even be lucky enough to be in a shopping mall that has arranged to install the Neteye CCTV panic alarm system that will send live pictures of your store into their control room when you press the store panic button.

The Video Domain products are distributed by Emergency Reaction Services.

For more information contact Emergency Reaction Services, 011 234 6000, nnadine@ersos.co.za, www.emergencyreaction.com



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