With so much responsibility on hotel management and security staff due to the potential for harm to be done to guests, value of personal property and safety of employees, a hotel property is a very important area to secure to say the least.
Due to these responsibilities and liability, video surveillance becomes essential no matter the size of the property.
For instance, a smaller property may find it necessary to at the very least outfit its front desk with CCTV. However, a 1,500-room property in a major city may have an elaborate system. In addition to the aforementioned front desk, it will be covering the following areas.
Pictured above is an Arecont Vision 5 Megapixel Security Camera
It’s not only inside the hotels that need monitoring. Parking lots are prime areas for crime. Assaults can occur on both employees and guests. Vehicles can experience break-ins, vandalism and even worse—theft.
Having security cameras set up on light poles can not only record essential occurrences, but it can prevent the incidents from even happening since the potential criminals will know they’re being recorded.
And parking lots are an ideal place to consider using megapixel security cameras for greater clarity and better coverage. Basically, if there’s an incident on the other side of the lot, an analog security camera would not produce a clear image if you had to zoom in a great deal—it would become “grainy”.
Megapixel camera footage remains clear the more you enlarge the image, so things like facial recognition remain a possibility. And in most cases, you will need fewer megapixel security cameras to cover the same parking lot, so you can experience overall equipment cost savings.
Elevators and their lobbies are other areas in which to install cameras. These are strategic areas to identify people who get away after an incident occurred on one of the guest floors, for instance. With the help of the victim, a timeframe and a general description can narrow down when to focus in on elevator banks to isolate the suspect.
Money-handling areas such as the front desk, bell and valet stations, restaurants and gift shops need to be covered as well. Especially for hold-ups (where panic buttons come into play also), but also to provide video evidence of gift shop shoplifting if prosecution is a possibility.
Common areas, hallways and function rooms are prime areas in hotels for pick pocketing and purse snatching. Being able to identify thieves in these cases can return valuables to hotel guests.
Being able to monitor certain areas of the property with a live feed, as opposed to using recorded footage, is just as important. In all of the examples above, personnel in the security department can communicate with mobile officers to intervene.
With this communication, the security office and patrolling personnel can help with crowd control at hotel functions, traffic congestion and very importantly, identify guests and hotel employees in remote areas of the property that may be being approached by a suspicious person.
All of this is made possible with security cameras. Of course, megapixel cameras are going to provide the clarity you need when it counts as compared to analog cameras, but sometimes analog cameras are a sufficient solution as well—or a mix of the two technologies may be the way to go. Please excuse the pun, but it’s never a ‘black and white’ issue.
Simply talk to a security integrator to find out what is best for your property. Thanks for spending some time with us today.