Workplace cameras are everywhere. With the relative cost of technology so low and the risk of theft and fraud so high, it makes sense to invest in the security of your home and workplace.

Millions of new surveillance cameras, motion detectors, and alarms are deployed across the country every year. However, with the ongoing debate over privacy concerns and data security, here are the pros and cons of workplace surveillance to consider before you invest in a new security system:


Deterring crime and preventing fraud are probably the best reasons to integrate surveillance at your workplace. A simple camera system can monitor your store and prevent theft. Just letting store visitors know they are being recorded is likely to deter crime. This reduces the loss of inventory and makes it easier for managers to monitor the store. Alarm systems and motion detector systems can also make your store or office a lot safer. Constant monitoring can help you respond quickly to an emergency at work and protect employees from harm.

Digital monitoring can be taken a step further to make employees more productive by tracking their hours and desktop activity. An integrated security system and constant surveillance could reduce the risk of harassment and unethical behavior at work.

There’s plenty of reasons to monitor your staff for security and productivity. However, there are some downsides to surveillance systems.


Installing and maintaining a security system is expensive. Monitoring live video footage requires security staff and ongoing maintenance. Systems built on weak infrastructures could also be vulnerable to cyberattack. A vulnerable system defeats the purpose of installing a security system.

Automation, cloud storage, artificial intelligence, and better encryption could help solve most of these issues. Some of the newest security and alarm systems don’t need human intervention or file storage at all. The video is monitored by algorithms, the live feed can be accessed from smartphone apps, and all the data is securely stored on the cloud. Better encryption ensures no one can hack into the system.

Final Thoughts

There are a number of good reasons to install digital security devices at work. Smart motion detectors, desktop software, and cameras can help you keep your staff and inventory safe. Legacy systems may be expensive and vulnerable to cyberattack, but some of the latest technology can help you eliminate these risks. With recent innovations in surveillance technology, there is very little reason to leave your store, office, or workplace unprotected.