Some important tips from the OC Sheriff:
- Leave some interior lighting on when leaving and locking up. Crooks like to keep to the shadows, so having a lit environment both inside of the business and the around the exterior of the building is a deterrent. It also helps law enforcement see inside and around the building while they patrol the area during the evening/night hours.
- When installing surveillance cameras on the exterior building, be sure that they cover the parking lot, the front and back entrance and exits of the building and driveways. Ideally, cameras should have the ability to capture footage in low-light situations and with enough resolution to capture vehicle license plates.
- Interior surveillance cameras should cover entrance/exit doorways and areas where valuables are kept such as a safe or a cash register. Ideally, the cameras should have the ability to capture footage in low-light situations and with a high enough resolution to make identification possible.
- Post signage/advertising that the area is protected with video surveillance.
- Surveillance DVRs should be able to hold at least a week or two of footage before it is rewritten. This will give ample time to download the footage before it is rewritten. But, DVR's used onsite can be stolen, erased or destroyed so consider a cloud storage option. Further, cloud storage enables you to access your video from computers, tablets or smartphones no matter where you are as long as you have an active internet connection.