Sadly, today’s word is becoming more and more dangerous as the years pass. We’ve mentioned these statistics before, but they’re worth repeating. Australia's Queensland city Townsville is considered one of the world's hot spots for crime, as of 2019. The city saw 2,232 incidents of property damage that year alone, and more than 3,000 reported unlawful entries. Townsville also is ranked 60th in the world for crime, according to Numbeo, a user-submitted database, based on respondent answers. People worry about breakins (60%), being mugged (49%), and being attacked (50%), and it seems to be getting worse.
Because of statistics like these, according to Statista, almost 38% of homes in South Australia and 27% of homes in West Australia use security cameras to protect against burglary. Whether it’s an over-the-counter doorbell camera or a professionally installed system, CCTV with integrated access control is an investment more and more Australians are making.
So why shouldn’t Australian businesses do the same? Bottom line? If you don't have a CCTV system with integrated access control, you are vulnerable.
What Am I Up Against?
Let’s use Townsville as our example. In the article linked above, we see the following as most prevalent via the growing incident of crimes:
Unlawful entry: breaking and entering into any area of your business
Property damage: this includes damage to vehicles, machinery or even graffiti on equipment or your building itself
Assault: physical harm to yourself or your employees
Robbery: this may be combined with unlawful entry or removing equipment and machinery stored outside your building as well as employee theft
Now, add to this list any lawsuits that may pop up because of damage to persons as a result of these crimes. If it happened on your business property, you may be liable. We’ll talk about that in a bit.
How Does a CCTV with Integrated Access Control Deter Crime?
Still not convinced you need a security solution? First and foremost, The National Council for Home Safety and Security reports that homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized. We’ll say that again. 300%. And of course that goes for businesses as well. So, simply by having a visible system, you’re already beginning to protect yourself, your employees and your building.
The most common CCTV systems with access control include a monitor, at least one camera and a recording device. In other words, they offer surveillance of any and/or all areas of your business. The access control, the ability to decide who enters your building or even specific rooms, offices or computer terminals, adds even more power to your system.
Let’s Talk Liability
As we mentioned, most CCTV solutions include a recording device. And that is key when it comes to protecting yourself and your business. CCTV systems, especially with access control, will increase your confidence when it comes to liability. Everything is being recorded.
It’s a fact, having the ability to record everything that happens on your business property, whether it’s coming from an external threat or an inside employee gone rogue, is one of the main reasons businesses should invest in a security solution. With a recording of everything that goes on in your business, it’s not hard to support yourself in a legal argument.
Four Walls Security: The Experts on CCTV with Integrated Access Control
Unfortunately, crime is here to stay. And that crime can and does come from criminals on the outside and on the inside. But you can protect yourself. Don’t become a statistic. Don’t become part of the 300%. If you’re not protected yet, we at Four Walls Security want to help. We are experts when it comes to access control and CCTV solutions. We can offer you a variety of options for your business. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote today.