CCTV came in existence a long back, but in recent time people globally adopted this for the safety of their house or business place. Also, CCTV systems improved greatly in recent time and now you not only get the liberty to do video recording, but you can do audio recording as well. Now a days, modern day cameras and DVR equipment’s are capable enough to do the audio recording along with videos. But this does not mean you should do it blindly. A coin always comes with two sides and same is the case for CCTV audio recording as well. It has some pros and cons too and you should have awareness about both of these things to get the maximum benefit from it.
Here, I am sharing a list of Pros & Cons on installing CCTV with audio recording and after exploring it, you can take your decision accordingly.
Pros on installing CCTV with audio recording
When you install CCTV in your home, office or business place with audio recording, then you can get have better security in easy ways. With voice recording people cannot talk about any mischievous things in your premises. For example, you run a shop and you have this system, then people can’t communicate about stealing something from you while doing it. You can have this kind of benefit easily in all the places that make sure you get better and enhanced protection.
Fewer blind spots:
When you do the video surveillance, then there could be so many blind spots for the camera. These blind spots can be either temporary by people or it can be there from start due to some limitation. But if you will use CCTV with audio recording, then you will have fewer blind spots and it will keep mischievous people away from your premises. So, that lack of blind spot is one more benefit of using CCTV with audio recording.
Enhanced monitoring is another added advantage that you get by CCTV with audio recording. Some people know how to hide themselves from CCTV camera, but they can’t hide their voice. That means even if a person is not getting in the frames of your camera but if he is making sound, then you can certainly know someone is there and you can send your security to capture him. That will give enhanced monitoring skills to you and you can have more benefits in terms of security.
You get more information:
In case of theft or burglary, all the thieves cover their faces and that is why you may not see their faces. But if you have an audio recording facility in your CCTV system, then it can record audio and video both. Even if they would cover their faces, they may need to speak something. In that communication they may use their names as well and that will be certainly a big mistake by them. If they use their name or any other thing to identify, then security agencies can identify the culprit and they can catch them in lesser time.
Better decision making:
Another benefit of CCTV with audio recording is that it helps you take your decision in much better manner. Here, let me give a good example of same. Think about a situation in which a male employee is talking to female employee, while you can’t see either of their faces. Later female employee comes to you claiming her male colleague tried to harass her with words. When you talk to the male employee, then he got a story which is just opposite and male employee considers himself as a victim. If you have audio recording facility in your CCTV system then you can easily check who was saying the truth and you can take your decision in a better manner.
Cons of CCTV with audio recording
May be against the law:
In Singapore, there are many places where you can’t install the CCTV system with audio recording facility. If you will install it at those places, then you might end up being in jail or you may need to face a serious penalty. In either of the cases, you will be at risk and you may face some serious issues. That is why it is extremely important that you check the law and related things in Singapore before installing the CCTV system with audio recording in your business premises.
Customer’s privacy issue:
If you run a shop or store and you will install CCTV system with audio recording, then it might affect the privacy of your customer. Normally they don’t mind if you are recording them or their actions because they do what many others do. But if you will start recording their voices, then you will penetrate in their privacy area. If they are talking to their spouse, then you will know that and if they are talking to each other about good or bad of your store, then it will reach to you as well. Customers don’t like sharing this kind of information and that is whyit may affect negatively for you.
Less trust in your business:
When you have a CCTV with audio recording, then you must need to inform people about it. You have to express it in clear words that you are under the camera surveillance that can record voice and video both. That will be a big issue for customer and it can create an issue of trust between you and your customers. Because of this you may also end up losing your customers or they will have less trust on you and they will choose you less for their shopping. This kind of issues could be there in all kind of businesses.
Without any doubt, there could be many other pros and cons on installing CCTV with audio recording. So, if you want you can try to explore them as well. But when you choose this option, then make sure you take your decision wisely keeping all these things in your mind so you can get only the best outcome with it.