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Quartermaster: Equipment Room/Video Surveillance

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Video Surveillance In Nightclubs, Bars, Pubs and Taverns

  Video surveillance has been a popular security tool for years. Security cameras are an everyday occurrence, and chances are, you're used to watching yourself walk into a store on a security monitor. However, these analog CCTV systems are expensive, requiring complicated installations and constant upkeep, making this type of security unrealistic for smaller businesses with limited budgets.

Fortunately, advances in digital technology have made video surveillance more flexible and easy to use than ever. Security systems using IP (Internet Protocol) cameras are easy to install and maintain, and are infinitely customizable, allowing you to create the security system that conforms exactly to your needs.

IP cameras and recording is widely predicted to be the way of the future, and cameras are becoming widely available – in packages or bundled together with software and support, or on their own. With most IP camera systems, all you need to do is choose where you want the cameras and plug them in – it’s that easy! The most difficult part of setting up a video surveillance system is finding the right cameras for you. Digital video surveillance cameras come in so many varieties that choosing the right one for you may seem daunting. What makes one camera different from another? What kind of cameras work best for your venue? How do you figure out exactly what you need?

Bars and restaurants are perfect for video surveillance because they are susceptible to many different risks. A constantly revolving customer and employee base, along with high rates of theft are common among bars and restaurants. A smartly installed video surveillance system can help prevent theft and improve safety and restaurant image.


The Benefits Of Security Cameras

  • Easy installation – IP cameras are easy to install and set up. Unlike analog CCTV cameras, all you need to do is mount your cameras and hook up your recorder. No coaxial cable or power tools necessary.
  • Prevent theft - Video surveillance can help prevent problems like employee theft and “dine and dash,” where customers eat but leave the restaurant before their bill arrives.
  • Lower fights and violence – Fights are common in crowded bars, especially during charged environments like sports games or weekend nights. Security cameras can help prevent fights and in the event of violence, help to identify the responsible parties.
  • Check footage anytime – An IP camera network with an NVR (network video recorder) can broadcast footage over the internet, allowing you to check up on your restaurant or bar at anytime. This is perfect if you have a chain restaurant – you can check up on multiple locations without having to be in multiple places at once.

How CCTV Systems Can Be Risky

  • Privacy – Cameras should only record in public places like dining rooms, bars, stockrooms, and kitchens. Keep security cameras out of bathrooms and employee break rooms.
  • Vandalism – Cameras in public places are susceptible to vandalism, especially in bars. Vandalized or damaged cameras can cause lapses in your recording.
  • Outages – Power surges and outages can cause damage to your system or interrupt recording. Although they occur rarely, they are still a possibility. Have other security measure in place should your video surveillance system fail.

Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Bar and Restaurant Surveillance System

  Security needs for restaurants and bars depend on a multitude of different factors. The right surveillance system for one restaurant may not work for another. Consider each of the following factors when setting up your security cameras:
  • Have you had major fights in your bar or restaurant in the past?
  • Do you have a problem with “dine and dash” or customer theft?
  • What do you consider to be your most important security risk?
  • What security systems do you currently have in place?
  • Do you feel that your neighborhood contributes to your overall security?-
  • Are you a bar, restaurant or both?
  • Do you have daily specials or events that drive more customers to your restaurant or bar on certain days?
  • What is your average customer demographic?
  • Is your bar or restaurant constantly busy or do you have “rushes” during dinner, lunch, happy hour, etc?
  • Have you had problems with employee theft (stealing from register, stealing food, giving out free food or drinks)?
  • Do you lease a space from a larger building, or do you have a stand-alone building with a parking lot?
    • If you are part of a larger building (like an office or a hotel), does that building offer security services for your restaurant or bar?
  • Can your employees easily survey the dining room or bar from the kitchen or servers’ station

Advice For Restaurant Security Cameras

  • Place cameras in open areas like dining rooms to protect customers and prevent theft.
  • Cameras in your kitchen can help you monitor workplace safety and keep your facilities up to municipal health codes
  • Place cameras near entrances and exits in order to get an image of each customer and visitor as they come and go.
  • Fixed cameras near office safes and cash registers can help prevent theft.









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