SMEs plan to upgrade video surveillance

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Mark Pawlak for Adfero

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the UK look set to spend more heavily on new video surveillance technology.

According to Axis Communications, nearly two-thirds of SMEs already have a video surveillance solution in place.

However, the organisation believes this figure will increase, as more than three-quarters of respondents said a theft or break-in is a major concern for them.

Indeed, 38 per cent of SMEs said they have already been the victim of these crimes at their business premises.

Figures also showed that 82 per cent of SMEs that already use video surveillance are thinking of replacing their current system with a newer version.

Meanwhile, 39 per cent of those without video surveillance said they are considering installing a system within the next two years.

Atul Rajput, regional director of Axis Communications in northern Europe, commented: "Features such as remote access technology are becoming increasingly sought after. 

"Video surveillance technology is continuously evolving and small business owners are becoming notably more aware that in order to ensure a high level of security, up-to-date systems that deliver excellent quality are an essential purchase.” 

James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, noted that network cameras can be a particularly valuable tool for smaller retailers.

This, he said, is not just because they can help capture criminals in the act, but they also because they can serve as a deterrent to potential thieves.

"Convenience stores in the UK lost over £120 million last year as a result of crimes committed against their organisations, with shop theft alone costing over £43 million," he stated.

Mr Lowman added that more than three-quarters of convenience stores have surveillance cameras in their business at the moment.

"We expect this to grow over the next year as more stores invest in effective crime prevention measures," he said.