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If you run a successful business, you’ll probably need to move into larger premises as it grows and develops. Moving into new offices can be a complicated process and you may be vulnerable to security breaches during the transitional period. That’s why it’s important to understand how your CCTV-based security requirements are likely to change as you upgrade to more expansive premises. By understanding your growing security needs and implementing the necessary changes, you can protect your business as it settles into its new premises. That’s why we’ve created a list of the ways your CCTV system will have to change in order to protect your business in a new building.

1. Improve your image quality

If you were using standard definition cameras at your last premises, you should upgrade to HD CCTV cameras at the new one. Larger premises have more people coming and going on a daily basis, which makes it harder to spot people who shouldn’t be in your premises. Switching to cameras with superior definition can give you the edge you need to spot would-be intruders among your legitimate employees and clients.

2. Create a dedicated security team

If your new premises is too big to be viewed and taken in rapidly, simply having a CCTV system is no longer enough. You can’t rely on ordinary employees to spot intruders just by quickly checking your CCTV monitors. You need to recruit and train a dedicated security team to monitor your CCTV footage and act as soon as they see something suspicious.

3. Increase the number of cameras you use

The most obvious change you’ll have to make to your CCTV system is the number of cameras it uses. You can’t monitor a large premises with the same number of cameras you used to monitor a small one.

4. Maximise data storage

CCTV footage is a very valuable type of data. It’s important to store as much of it as possible in case you need to find evidence of intrusion or criminality later. That’s why it’s worth investing in a large server or offline data storage solution for your HD CCTV footage as you move into a more spacious premises. Remember, larger premises need more CCTV cameras and therefore generate more footage.

Here at I-HT, we pride ourselves on creating superb, reliable HD CCTV solutions. By following the tips we’ve provided in today’s blog entry, you can ensure that they work just as well in your new, larger premises as in your old premises.

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CCTV technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade. Not long ago, CCTV cameras relied on wires to transmit their footage back to monitors and data storage devices. Nowadays, however, HD CCTV systems utilise wireless connections that allow data to be transmitted much more freely. Cameras no longer need to be physically connected to their monitors and storage devices via wires. If your CCTV system still uses wires to carry data, you should consider upgrading to a wireless system as soon as possible. There are three core reasons for this, which we will explore in this blog post.

1. Minimising the risk of disruption

Wires can be damaged or broken as a result of accidents and mishaps. They can also become frayed or wear away over time. When a wire or cable is too badly damaged, it can no longer be used to transmit data. CCTV systems that rely on physical connections are therefore vulnerable to disruption whenever their wires become damaged. This isn’t a problem for wireless CCTV systems. Wireless data transmission doesn’t require a physical conduit and is much harder to disrupt as a result. Broken wires can lead to loss of CCTV coverage, so it’s best to get rid of wires wherever possible.

2. Increasing the range of data transmission

CCTV cameras that use wires can only send their footage to nearby monitors and data storage devices that they are directly connected to. Wireless CCTV cameras can transmit data to storage devices and monitoring devices that are kept in different buildings or completely different locations. If you need to access footage remotely or store your CCTV footage off-site for security reasons, investing in a wireless CCTV system will make the process much easier.

3. Limiting your security overheads

CCTV wires need to be maintained and occasionally replaced, just like any other part of your security system. Naturally, this costs money. By upgrading to a wireless HD CCTV system, you can save a significant amount of money on your overheads. You don’t need to pay to maintain or replace wires that aren’t there, after all.

Here at I-HT, we offer a wide range of wireless CCTV systems. Completely replacing a wire-based CCTV system with a more up-to-date wireless one can seem like a big investment, but we believe it is worth it in the vast majority of cases. It will help you save money in the long-run while improving your site or premises’ security. Take a look at our range of cameras today if you decide that wireless CCTV is right for you.

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Security is increasingly becoming the watchword for SMEs and the use of HD CCTV is becoming more and more popular. There may be a bit of a learning curve for first-time users, however, so our experts have listed the top three most common mistakes when using HD CCTV system that you must avoid to get the most out of your cameras.

1. Choosing the low-priced systems

Assuming that the obvious placement of your HD CCTV doesn’t provide a deterrent for thieves and criminals, any footage gained by your HD CCTV system needs to be usable. Inexpensive systems may help to lower your security budget, but run the risk of being unhelpful in identifying individuals if they have a low resolution. Understand what your needs and goals are and select a system that provides all the requirements that are necessary for your business. Cheaper systems may help to more easily balance your budget, but will be a total waste of money if they don’t help to provide the necessary levels of security.

2. Concealing your cameras

It is a common mistake for first times users to hide their CCTV cameras in the hope of secretly recording footage. However, by concealing your cameras the deterrent factor of being recorded is completely removed. Concealing cameras may allow you to observe people, but HD CCTV works effectively as a deterrent against crime, violence and other illegal activities. Due to the new GDPR polices, all places recording personal data via HD CCTV are required to clearly state this, meaning you may be inadvertently breaking the law by concealing and not informing people about your cameras.

3. Positioning your cameras outside wireless range

Increasing numbers of businesses are choosing to use a wireless HD CCTV system because of the wide range of benefits they give above traditional wired systems. However, when using these systems, it is vital that they are positioned within your wireless range. Placing the cameras beyond the limit of this range is likely to affect feedback, to the point that the system cannot receive or record images. Every system works differently so the specifications of each system must be thoroughly investigated to ensure they meet your business needs. In addition, it is important to test the system before permanently installing the cameras in set locations to verify their positioning works for the system as a whole.

If you require any additional help with your HD CCTV, want some advice or need a system installing or maintaining, then please contact us on 01787 220202 or email info@i-ht.co.uk. Our experts offer unparalleled services at extremely competitive prices, making us one of the favourite CCTV companies in Colchester, the South East and East Anglia

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If you’re currently setting up a start-up business or SME, it’s important to think about what type of CCTV cameras you want to install to secure your offices or premises. CCTV monitoring is essential if you want to protect your new business. You might be tempted to save money by purchasing domestic CCTV cameras, but this isn’t advisable. There are major differences between domestic cameras and commercial HD CCTV cameras. While the former may be more affordable, they aren’t as effective. That’s why it’s essential to opt for appropriate commercial cameras. In today’s blog, we’ll look at the key differences between the types of CCTV cameras used on homes and those used by businesses. Understanding these differences can help you comprehend the power of commercial HD CCTV cameras and, ultimately, use this power to protect your business.

1. Greater coverage

Commercial CCTV cameras are built to monitor larger areas than domestic ones. Ordinary domestic cameras simply don’t have enough coverage to monitor an entire office or business premises unless you set up dozens of them. It’s possible to monitor a reasonably large office or premises using only a handful or commercial HD CCTV cameras.

2. Continuous usage

Commercial cameras are designed to be switched on all the time and archive enormous amounts of footage. That means they’re connected to hard drives or servers with a lot of storage space. In contrast, domestic cameras have very little storage capacity. They’re not designed to be switched on all the time or record everything that happens. This makes them unsuitable for business premises. Businesses need to record everything in case they need to find evidence of would-be intruders or other criminals later.

3. Superior image quality

Commercial cameras generally capture better images than domestic cameras. They record higher-resolution images that can be examined more closely. This is important because business environments are often filled with people. If a piece of CCTV footage doesn’t have enough resolution, it’s easy for would-be criminals to disappear into the crowd when that footage is viewed.

As you can see, choosing proper commercial cameras over domestic ones is essential if you run a business. Here at I-HT, we offer a huge variety of CCTV cameras that are suitable for use in offices and commercial environments. Check out our range today.

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We often talk about how HD CCTV cameras can help protect office buildings and similar premises here on the I-HT blog. However, they are also essential in other places of business. For example, HD CCTV cameras are absolutely crucial in hotels. If you own a hotel, you should consider installing high-definition CCTV cameras today. It doesn’t matter whether you operate a five-star luxury hotel with a global reputation or a small, affordable bed-and-breakfast, you need to ensure that the premises and the guests are protected. In today’s blog, we’ll explain why HD CCTV cameras are the best way to do this.

1. Choosing between limited security options

By definition, hotels are open to the public. You can’t put up fences or set up alarm systems designed to stop people freely entering or leaving the premises. After all, guests are likely to come in and out of the hotel all day and night. However, CCTV cameras can be used to monitor the premises without disturbing or impeding legitimate guests. They’re not just the best security measure to use in a hotel, they’re the only security measure you can use.

2. Identifying intruders and criminals discreetly

So many people move around a hotel during the day that identifying people who shouldn’t be there can be almost impossible. What’s more, you may be reluctant to approach someone who may be a legitimate guest. By monitoring a suspicious individual using CCTV cameras to see what they do, it’s possible for your security personnel to determine if they are a guest or an intruder without disturbing them until they’re sure.

3. Providing a sense of security for your guests and deterring criminals

Obviously, you can’t put up HD CCTV cameras everywhere in a hotel. Nobody wants to sleep in a hotel where they’re being watched by a camera, for example. However, guests do derive a sense of security from seeing CCTV cameras in the corridors and lobby of their hotel. What’s more, the sight of a CCTV camera is likely to deter a criminal. Don’t underestimate the value of these cameras.

Running a hotel can be challenging, no matter how big or small it is. However, installing HD CCTV cameras can help take the stress out of securing it. Check out our range of cameras today.

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HD CCTV cameras are often used to catch prospective intruders and other conventional criminals. However, they can also be used to spot and deal with more insidious threats. Did you know that some of greatest security challenges that businesses have to face are internal rather than external? Internal security risks include disgruntled employees and opportunistic criminals who happen to have legitimate reasons to be inside your site or premises. If these individuals choose to act on their sense of bitterness or criminal inclinations, they can pose a much greater threat to your business than ordinary intruders. In today’s blog, we’ll give you some hints for how to use HD CCTV cameras to spot and stop these internal threats.

1. Monitor valuable supplies and equipment

To catch ordinary intruders, you would normally place HD CCTV cameras around your premises or site’s perimeter. However, internal security threats are already inside your perimeter. That’s why it’s also important to place CCTV cameras in any room where you store valuable supplies, technology or office equipment. You should even monitor these rooms with CCTV if the items inside are too big to steal. Remember, a disgruntled employee may be more interested in damaging company property than stealing it.

2. Deploy CCTV warning signs

While CCTV cameras can be used to catch people who pose internal security risks, they can also be used to deter them before they attempt anything criminal. Simply putting up signs that advise your employees and visitors that CCTV cameras are in use throughout your premises can prevent people from becoming security threats.

3. Keep the cameras’ sight-lines clear

As we mentioned in point one, CCTV cameras need to be positioned inside your premises in order to catch internal security risks. Office equipment is often moved around and supplies are often stacked in different locations throughout businesses premises. When moving equipment or stacking supplies, make sure you don’t obstruct your CCTV cameras’ lines of sight. This will make it much easier to spot would-be criminals.

By following these three simple tips. You can make sure you don’t fall prey to internal security threats. It’s also worth noting that you should always opt for HD CCTV instead of standard CCTV. After all, you can only identify a culprit if you can see them clearly. Here at I-HT, we supply a broad range of different HD CCTV cameras, so check out our options today. Call 01787 220202 or email info@i-ht.co.uk for a free quotation.

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As crime rates are on the rise, it’s no surprise that schools across the UK are now installing CCTV cameras for the safety of both students and staff. Many schools around the UK have now invested in surveillance systems to prevent a number of issues occurring on the property.

Here are a number of benefits as to why CCTV should be installed in schools:

1. Reducing crime

CCTV is bound to reduce the amount of criminal activity from both students and outsiders. Without supervision from members of staff, students are far more likely to misbehave, which can be prevented with the use of CCTV cameras. Likewise, schools are also at risk of burglary due to the large number of technological devices such as laptops, computers and whiteboards. Allowing cameras to be visible and noting that 24-hour surveillance is in operation may reduce such crimes.

2. Keeping watch on corridors

Bustling corridors in between classes is where the majority of bullying cases occur. While many incidents are minor and may not need to be followed up, there is the risk of more serious matters occurring in which evidence may be required. CCTV footage will give you all the information you need to settle a case between two parties.

3. Protecting vehicles

It may be an option to install CCTV cameras within the car park to protect the cars of staff and visitors. Due to the fact that the car park is likely to be deserted for the majority of the day, it will be hard to determine who is responsible for any vandalism or other criminal activity which may occur.

4. Visitor monitoring

It’s very easy to walk straight into the main reception of a school, so keeping watch on exactly who is entering and exiting the building is now becoming a major concern. Placing cameras at the main entrances and exits will keep pupils and staff safe from any unauthorised visitors who shouldn’t be on the property and such individuals can be dealt with before any harm is caused.

If you would like any further information on CCTV, please call 01787 220202 or visit our website www.i-ht.co.uk to get in touch. We can give expert advice on finding the most appropriate system for your school.

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Some business owners tend to feel that CCTV is an unnecessary expense. They may assume they do not need the protection that cameras can offer. Often, CCTV only comes to mind after a theft or loss occurs, when the owner realises that CCTV could have made a difference and prevented the loss. It is always worth making an investment in security. The potential for losses from theft or damage always exist, but CCTV can reduce that risk.

Preventing loss through security measures

SMEs and sole traders are among the most frequent targets for commercial thieves. From work van break-ins to lead and copper thefts, small companies are seen as soft targets which can have big payoffs. For a small company, any loss through theft can be catastrophic. Catching the offenders and getting your tools back, or preventing the theft in the first place, is therefore essential. CCTV cannot guarantee that you won’t be a victim of theft, but it does greatly reduce the risk of losses. Over time, CCTV can therefore save you a great deal in loss costs.

Rent or buy CCTV?

With CCTV installations, you can choose between buying the camera system outright, or paying a monthly rental fee. Which option works best for you can only be determined by your security needs. If you need temporary protection for a site, such as during construction work or when high value goods are being delivered, renting may be better. You can opt to have the camera removed when you no longer need it, and you only pay during the time you use it. Renting can also spread the cost, which is great for small businesses who have a tight budget to consider.

On the other hand, owning the CCTV system gives you full control of it and it becomes an asset for your business. After the initial investment, costs for maintenance and repair should be minimal, and you don’t need to keep paying a rental fee indefinitely.

It is crucial that you select the right option for your needs, or you could be spending more than you need to on CCTV protection. If you would like an accurate and detailed assessment of your security and CCTV needs, speak to our consultants today and let us assist you.

Cut insurance costs

If your premises is protected by CCTV, your insurance company is far more likely to offer you discounts and rewards. The better you can demonstrate your efforts to protect your property, the lower your risk level for the insurer. Customers who install high quality CCTV systems, at home or at work, often make large savings on their annual premiums. In some cases, these savings can even offset the cost of installing the system!

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In the modern business landscape, the most important asset that your company has is data. You probably store data about your business strategies, your profit margins and even your customers. Obviously, it’s important to protect this information. This can be partially achieved using cyber-security measures, such as encryption and firewalls. However, it’s important to remember that the devices your data is stored on exist in the real world. You need to protect your servers and offline storage devices physically. HD CCTV cameras can help you achieve this. In today’s blog, we’ll look at why you should use HD CCTV to monitor premises where you keep servers and other data-storage devices.

1. CCTV can catch unconventional data-criminals

Most hackers and data thieves will attempt to steal a business’s data by hacking into their servers from offsite. However, some may try to circumvent a business’s cyber-security measures by simply breaking into its premises and physically accessing its servers. However, data criminals who use this methodology may not expect to have to deal with advanced physical security measures. If your business is targeted by these individuals, you stand a good chance of catching them out by deploying discreet HD CCTV cameras to spot (then stop) their break-in attempts.

2. CCTV can protect your servers in a cost-effective way

You might invest in reinforced fencing and other significant measures to protect physical assets, but you probably wouldn’t deploy such comprehensive physical security solutions to protect data. After all, as we alluded to above, data is more likely to be threatened by hacking methods than physical intrusions. It makes sense to spend more money on cyber-security than physical security. However, you still can’t leave your servers unprotected. HD CCTV cameras are a very cost-effective security measure. By monitoring your server premises using CCTV, you can keep your data safe in the real world while still leaving most of your security budget for cyber-security.

3. CCTV cameras are a powerful deterrent

Professional hackers and data thieves aren’t the only people who might attack your servers: vandals and other petty criminals might try to damage them for amusement rather than profit. Luckily, the sight of an active HD CCTV camera usually deters these individuals. CCTV is the best way to protect your server premises from petty crooks as well as serious threats.

Here at I-HT, we understand that not all businesses maintain their own server premises in order to store data. However, if you run a business that does keep its own servers on a separate site or premises, you need to defend that site physically. We believe that CCTV is one of the best ways to do this, so why not check out our range of HD CCTV systems today.

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HD CCTV cameras are incredibly useful tools if you need to protect your business from intruders and other criminals. However, you may be wondering if it’s better to buy a complete HD CCTV system or if you should simply rent one instead. Both options are equally useful to different types of CCTV user and both have their own particular advantages and disadvantages. In order to help you decide whether renting or buying is better for you, we’ve come up with a list of questions that you should ask yourself. Answering these questions should help you think about your CCTV requirements and pick the option that meets them best.

1. Do you need to protect a premises permanently?

Every business site and premises needs to be protected while they are active. However, not all sites and premises are permanent. For example, some businesses use temporary offices while looking for premises that suit their needs better. If the site or premises you need to secure isn’t permanent, there’s no point spending money on a security solution that will last for years. Renting a set of HD CCTV cameras is usually the wisest course of action in cases like this. However, if you plan on keeping the premises for years to come, purchasing a CCTV system that you can use indefinitely may be a better idea.

2. How often do you update or overhaul your security system?

SMEs and start-ups tend to have simpler security needs than larger corporations. As a result, they can continue to use the same CCTV and security system for years. If you run an SME or start-up and intend to keep your core security system for many years, it makes sense to invest in purchasing a HD CCTV system outright so that you can use it for a long time. In contrast, if you run a larger corporation, your security needs are likely to change and evolve constantly. It’s obviously inadvisable to buy a HD CCTV system outright if you plan on replacing it in a few months or years. If this is the case, renting is a better option for you.

3. Do you need to save money immediately or in the long-term?

Purchasing a HD CCTV system outright can save money in the long-term, simply because you won’t have to pay to continue to use the system each month. In contrast, a HD CCTV system’s rental fees are obviously lower than its purchase price, so renting can help you save money in the short-term. If you need to save money in the long-term, purchasing a system outright is the best way to do so. If, however, you need to make immediate savings, you should rent instead.

Here at I-HT, we offer high-quality HD CCTV systems to buy or rent. We hope the questions listed in today’s blog help you choose the best option for you. Whichever one you select, we can help. Get in touch with us for your CCTV monitoring system, as we offer rental purchase and outright purchase options. 01787 220202

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