Renault trucks of Essex has recently upgraded their current network with an entire IP CCTV system to protect both property and the vehicles serviced on site. As well as proven to be a great deterrent towards trespassers it has proven to of provided a useful management tool.
In the follow up to the installation the company had been experiencing a few problems with unauthorised access to the site, in turn leading to the theft of parts and vehicles along with damage to the yard itself. 'We wanted a security system that would be a good deterrent to would-be trespassers and one that would provide the image quality required for prosecution should it be necessary,' explaned Paul Ayer, dealer point manager.
Another purpose for the new system would be to check the condition of the vehicles when they entered the yard. 'Having this clear proof of the condition quickly solves any potential disputes with clients as to when any damage occurred to the vehicle and removes a lot of the emotion from the process,' stated Paul.
An installer assigned to the project suggested IP cameras be used, six of which have been installed externally around the perimeter of the building to cover parking areas and the multiple access gates. Making sure key aspects were taken into consideration for the specific locations. Night vision was essential so the need to instal additional lighting around the not so lit yard was not necessary thanks to the IP cameras chosen.
Cameras internally were installed to view the reception area and the service bays. "its great having cameras covering the bays for asset protection, but also to allow clients waiting in reception to see there vehicles being worked on,' explained Paul. 'Not only does it help occupy their time, but it shows our professionalism behind the scenes.'
Paul is delighted with the benefits of the IP CCTV system that has been installed and commissioned. We've been using the cameras for about four months now and they've already provided us with the criminal deterrent we were hoping for,' he said. We've caught a couple of potential thefts and sent photos of the perpetrators to the police. The cameras are so good, in fact, that we've even helped our neighbours with a break-in on their property - we captured everything on the system and sent the footage to the police.
The cameras are also being used to help manage the business. 'We can easily see when vehicles are arriving and if there are any congestion spots developing - all from a single point. It helps that the system is so easy to use we've been able to intuitively discover the best way for us to use it.
'The new cctv system sends out the right message to all involved' concludes Paul. 'For would-be trespassers, it clearly advertises that the property is protected and that their movements are being monitored. For customers it shows that we value their business and are serious about protecting their property.
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