If you are considering installing CCTV in your hotel, what should a hotel CCTV system look like? probably isn’t the most important question that should be asked. As specialists in installing hotel CCTV systems, our advice would be to focus on the rationale as to why you should have CCTV.
Known as defining “your operational requirement” this exercise determines subjects such as what the system will be used for, how the system will be deployed, how the system will be operated and what you will be doing with the data stored. For the majority of hoteliers, the safety and security benefits of a good well-designed system will be providing many benefits.
That is not to say that aesthetics is not important, as no-one wants to have a beautifully designed hotel, only for its decor to be spoilt by the sight of ungainly camera’s mounted to walls and ceilings. However, the practical approach would be to ensure there is a careful balance between aesthetics and the need to ensure employees and guests feel safe and secure whilst staying at your hotel.
Fortunately, modern CCTV systems and surveillance cameras are much sleeker in design and many manufacturers offer varied mounting types and sizes, offering both fully overt and other discreet versions to blend in with décor.
Does your hotel need a CCTV System?
All hotels would benefit from installing CCTV, not just the Hotels in higher risk areas where the threat of criminal or terrorist activity is high. A well designed and installed system will give many benefits as the image data will be of high definition will allow good identification of subjects and incidents captured. CCTV can not only be used for staff and guest security, but can be used and assist in health and safety, marketing & general day to day running of the Hotel, such as staffing- CCTV can be used to identify areas that are busy with customers and staff can be deployed to meet demand.
What areas should you protect?
The most common areas that benefit from having CCTV installed include:
What CCTV to install?
Determining how many and the type of cameras you need, where they are to be positioned, what they will monitor, and for how long, are critical questions that should be answered.
It is best to appoint an approved installer, like Tecserv UK which has SSAIB accreditation, who will be able to assess your needs and recommend the right CCTV surveillance system and manufacturer.
How to monitor CCTV camera’s
This will include providing advice on the type and location of camera and how best to monitor them from a central point. Sometimes the best location in a hotel is to have the monitoring station discretely positioned below the reception desk, as the desk is invariably manned 24/7. However, some hotels, particularly if they are part of a larger chain, prefer all systems linked and monitored centrally in a security control room operated by a trained security team.
Installing CCTV in your hotel?
Tecserv UK has distributor agreements with most CCTV system manufacturers. If you would like to show your employees and guests the that you care about their safety and security, installing CCTV in your hotel is a great way to demonstrate this and give added reassurance.
If your hotel or new build hotel project requires CCTV, or you’d like to discuss the maintenance or upgrade of an existing CCTV system, please get in touch.