Retail Store Security Camera System
Security cameras were required for the convenience store on the site of a 24/7 gas station. The management had 3 main concerns:
- Safety of staff, especially at night
- Theft of cash from registers
- Stock shrinkage
The store is not a huge store but has all the facilities including beer fridges, coffee station, soda fountain drinks, ATM and much more. There isn’t a huge budget for the security camera system and management would like to restrict the system to only 8 cameras.
The limitation of only 8 cameras wasn’t going to fulfill the needs of the store – more than 8 were required. It was agreed that we would go beyond 8 cameras with a handful of fixed lens cameras. Whilst not the optimal solution for the installation, there wasn’t much choice to meet all the criteria.
|Camera 1||Open Dome Turret Camera with 2.8-12mm Lens||This is likely going to be the most important camera on the system – it’s set up so that as each person enters the convenience store the camera will get a great identification image. The 2.8-12mm varifocal lens allows the camera to be zoomed in to capture only the door, not wasting pixels of either side of the door. If you capture an identifying image with this camera, then the rest just need to see the crime being committed. Camera body available in either white or black to the management’s preference.|
|Cameras 2, 3 & 4||Open Dome Turret Camera with 3.6mm Lens||Covert cameras were initially discussed for these locations, however the management wanted the staff to know the cameras were watching to provide some deterrent as well as covering the ATM machine. The fixed lenses were used here to help with the cost of the system. The varifocal option would result in a better overall security camera system, however there just was not the budget. Camera body available in either white or black to the management’s preference.|
|Camera 5||Bullet Camera with 3.6mm Lens||To keep costs down the fixed lens bullet camera was chosen. The management wanted to mount the camera to the wall instead of the ceiling and the bullet camera offers more flexibility in where the camera points when mounted to the wall.|
|Cameras 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10||Open Dome Turret Camera with 2.8-12mm Lens||These camera locations are to look along the aisles. Camera 10 will cover the beer fridge. The varifocal lens allows the desired view to be set up, zoomed in, looking along each aisle. These are mostly looking for stock shrinkage. Camera body available in either white or black to the management’s preference.|
|Camera 11||Bullet Camera with 3.6mm Lens||To keep costs down the fixed lens bullet camera was chosen. The management wanted to mount the camera to the wall instead of the ceiling and the bullet camera offers more flexibility in where the camera points when mounted to the wall.|
Extensions of the Surveillance System
Because 11 cameras were to be fitted, the the 16 Camera HD-TVI Recorder was selected. This left a number of input channels empty for future use. The system in the convenience store didn’t cover any of the gas station forecourt. One great extension of the surveillance system would be to incorporate forecourt cameras. Even though the 16 camera recorder can have 2 hard drives, only 1 was fitted to keep the costs in budget. In the future the store could fit the second hard drive to extend the amount of footage that can be stored.