When I was 16 years old, I got my first job. I worked at a local restaurant, and even though I came home each night smelling like a sandwich, I loved it.
There was just one part of the job that I really didn’t like. The restaurant sat on a small lot with only a few paved parking spots, and those were reserved for customers—not employees. So instead of parking right outside the restaurant, I had to park in a nearby lot that was unpaved and unlit.
Parking there during the day was not a problem, but parking there when I had to work late was downright creepy. It was so creepy that I would often beg my parents to drop me off and pick me up when I was scheduled to work the closing shift.
Luckily, nothing bad ever happened to me in that lot. But many employees across the United States are less fortunate. After all, parking lots are the third most common location for violent crimes.
Employees are the beating heart of any business. Neglecting to implement safeguards for them leads to turnover, plummeting productivity, and even financial and legal crises. In this article, we’ll explore how a business security camera system can help you protect your most valuable assets—your employees.
WHAT THREATS DO EMPLOYEES FACE?
While the workplace itself is often the focus of safety protocols, the risks employees face don't end at the office door. Outdoor areas such as parking lots and external walkways present their own set of security challenges, including:
- Accidental slips and injuries
- Verbal, physical, or sexual attacks
- Theft of personal items like wallets, phones, or purses
- Vehicle-related crimes like break-ins, vandalism, or carjackings
How common are these threats? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 392 workplace homicides in 2020 alone. In the same year, there were 37,060 nonfatal injuries in the workplace resulting from an intentional injury by another person. And in 2022, over 15,000 robberies took place in parking garages or parking lots in the United States.
HOW PROTECTING YOUR EMPLOYEES PROTECTS YOUR BUSINESS
Have you ever heard the old saying, “Happy wife, happy life”? The saying implies that keeping your spouse happy will also make you happy. In the world of business, you could argue something similar — happy crew, success in view. Your employees are your company's most valuable asset, and their sense of security is integral to the overall health of your business. That being said, there are also some selfish reasons that you should prioritize employee safety. We’ll explore these reasons below.
Environments with unsecured access or poor lighting present hazards that some valued talent may not tolerate. Continual attrition and rehiring can consume your budget, and losing experienced personnel can take a big toll on your day-to-day operations.
In addition to turnover risks, on-site dangers lead to employee distress, which can negatively impact productivity. Plus, violence-related medical leaves result in overburdened teams and ultimately impact employee satisfaction and motivation.
AVOID COSTLY LIABILITY LAWSUITS
Accidents like slips, trips, and falls on your property can lead to liability lawsuits that cost thousands—or even tens of thousands—of dollars in legal fees and settlements. Robust security measures help minimize these risks and provide evidence that can be used in your defense if a lawsuit does occur.
HOW BUSINESS SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEMS ENHANCE EMPLOYEE SAFETY
If the above information leaves you feeling a bit overwhelmed, instead, let it act as your call to action to take your security measures up a notch. Enterprise camera systems can be a game changer for employee safety and the security of your business as a whole.
ELIMINATE BLIND SPOTS WITH CAMERAS AND LIGHTS
No criminal wants to be caught. In fact, serious crimes like murder, sexual assault, and robbery tend to happen between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. when it’s dark. Enterprise camera systems designed with low light visibility, advanced intrusion detection, and lights effectively eliminate blind spots—even in the furthest, darkest parts of your lot—and make it nearly impossible for wrongdoers to go unnoticed.
DOCUMENT EVIDENCE AND UNCOVER VULNERABILITIES
Another major benefit of enterprise surveillance systems for businesses is that in the event of an incident, captured footage can aid in identifying and apprehending perpetrators. Footage also plays a key role in understanding and preventing future security breaches. By reviewing it, you can identify security vulnerabilities and crime patterns and then use this information to improve your existing security protocols.
DETER UNWANTED BEHAVIOR
An obvious business security camera system acts as a visible deterrent to potential external aggressors, reducing incidents like break-ins or vandalism. Internally, the awareness that activities are being monitored encourages adherence to company policies and deters misconduct.
REMOTELY ESCORT EMPLOYEES TO THEIR VEHICLES
With a business security camera system, you can ensure that outdoor areas surrounding your business are under constant surveillance. In industries like healthcare, where employees often have to navigate through secluded areas—especially during late hours—communication and surveillance capabilities can act as a virtual escort. If anything does go wrong, help can be dispatched in a matter of seconds.
KEEP YOUR EMPLOYEES SAFE WITH LVT
Businesses bear a responsibility to keep their employees safe, and that includes securing their arrival and departure every day. The journey to a safer workplace starts where employees' daily routine begins and ends—the parking lot.
Contact our team today to learn more about how our cutting-edge enterprise camera systems can fortify your business's security from the outside in and help you protect what matters most.