With food factories in Britain producing more than they have ever done before, it’s becoming a necessity and an expectation of consumers that manufactures are installing the appropriate security systems to prevent any criminal activity that could be damaging to the produce.
To investigate further, 2020 Vision, specialists of IP CCTV systems, look at the benefits of CCTV and how this can protect food factories in Britain.
The advantages of installing CCTV
There are countless benefits that are received after installing new, or upgrading current, security systems within a food factory — and they can be the perfect investment if you wish to secure your operational process. You’ll be able to protect your building from unauthorised activity as well as monitor the production line.
Maintaining consumer confidence
As the majority of food factories in the UK operate behind closed doors, this can sometimes be a daunting thought for a lot of consumers. Through the use of CCTV, you can ensure consumer happiness and reassurance because it shows that you’re not trying to hide anything, as all of your operations are recorded and footage can be provided if any accusations come to light.
Ensuring quality products
Although CCTV can help prevent any criminal activity occurring in your factory, with more bespoke permissions, this can help monitor the quality control of your production line. This can save you both time and money, as it is quicker than any quality check that would be carried out by a physical worker where human error could occur after working lengthy hours.
Controlling safety measures for employees
Management can install CCTV in dangerous operational areas that can foresee complications that could occur. Placing CCTV in these areas can help monitor your employees and make sure that they’re using the equipment in the safest way possible to protect them from any harm which could cost your business money in the long run.
Criminal activity in food factories
CCTV can help deter criminal activity from happening. Having this featured around your factory would lower the risks that your business could face. The addition of CCTV on your premises would help police capture the culprits and then prosecute them in the event of an incident — modern CCTV has made this easier to gain justice with facial recognition features.
89% of manufacturing businesses around the world were victims of fraud in 2015. However, Kroll stated that in 2017 the manufacturing industry saw a rise of 7% on this result. When it came to the most common types of fraud in this industry, information theft stood at 30%, compliance breach at 30% and intellectual property theft at 26% (of the respondents who were asked).
When looking to see who was most likely to commit fraud, it was those who had just recently started working for a company that accounted for 39%. Temporary manufacturing workers came in at second place with 37%. Those in senior or middle management positions were at 33% — this result was the same as ex-staff members. However, vendors/suppliers who do not have as much access to your business accounted for 33%, too. This clarifies that anyone has the potential to commit a crime within a factory.
The capabilities of your CCTV
You will only begin to see results once the implementation of your CCTV systems has started. Understanding where you place cameras is essential if you plan to reduce any criminal activity.
It’s important to place CCTV cameras at each entry point of the building, which will allow you to see who comes in and who goes out in real time.
Advancements in technology have allowed CCTV cameras to detect certain people and track their movements. But what are the advantages of video analytics systems?
The ability to detect motion is a great part of smart surveillance and this can be beneficial to food factories. They can be used to highlight any unauthorised entry/exits which is an advantage from a managerial position to detect actions of staff within the business. They include a “no-motion” option which helps monitor things that should be moving in the factory such as the conveyor belt.
Using virtual tripwires, video analytics can also detect intrusions. If an intrusion does occur, an alarm will be generated the moment the tripwire has been crossed — it will also detect which direction the intruder is going in to make the individual easier to find. Not only does this tripwire detect intrusions, it can also count the amount of people who go in and out of the building — and even the car park of your operational premises.
Many of us feel as though our food factories are safer than ever — but ignoring the issue of growing crime rates makes your business more prone to attacks. If thieving was to occur, using video analytics and CCTV from 2020 Vision can help you by detecting when an object is moved from a static position and even use facial recognition systems to detect who moved it. When it comes to facial recognition, you can use different settings to detect individuals — whether this is making them a VIP, black listing known offenders and more.