Retail Security: Best Video Security System for Your Shop

The Holidays can be a wonderfully peaceful time where you come together with friends and family to celebrate the closing of another wonderful year and look forward to the coming year ahead in great anticipation.

But all is not well if you have a business or want to secure a small retail space because this time of year can also be seen as ripe with opportunity for scammers and criminals as well, and that’s where we can come in to provide you with complete answers and quality solutions to just about any retail security problem and how to address it depending on size, space, indoor, outdoor, etc. so you can be secure knowing you have the best protection to keep your retail store or small business secure for the holidays.

We also cover some things you may or may not have thought to cover when it comes to security cameras and monitoring of your retail space or small business.

Retail Security From Within

To begin we need to address the many hidden things we need to keep an eye on for securing a retail space or small business and the first although not fun to talk about can happen a lot more than people realize especially in retail stores with a high employee turnover rate.

Employee theft can be something that goes under the radar if you are a trusting individual but the fact is employee theft costs U.S. businesses $50 Billion per Year on average so you have to be aware of threats both inside and out and one of the ways to cover that is to get a security camera system to watch things when you the owner or manager can’t be there or have other things to do. It will also cover you in the case of customer theft if nothing else than to have video evidence of the theft and criminal to lead police investigators in the right direction and cover insurance for loss of revenue.

Pay Now Or Pay Later

Robberies continue to be a growing expense for retailers, costing an average of $8,180.17 in 2016, up from $2,465, so you want a camera and monitor that is easy to use but has the technology to set and forget and give you the peace of mind you can only get when all your bases are covered.

The selection of retail security cameras that will fit your need will depend wildly on your preferences, the space you are working with, the features and functions you need, etc. but for today we are going to look at a camera that is an all around powerhouse and is perfect for securing spaces both small and big while giving you a clear picture and vandal resistant housing.

Did I mention it’s also a network camera so it streams signal over wireless or IP signal if desired for your retail security application. The camera that does all this is the Canon/Axis VB-M641V Vandal Resistant Indoor Fixed Dome Network Camera. The features listed below give you a complete picture of what it can do but lets just say that this camera for the price doesn’t get any more high tech with it’s removable IR cut filter for dark or low light environments, 2.4x optical zoom lens and 350° Pan and Rotation and 1280 x 720 HD Video.

Canon/Axis VB-M641V Retail Security Features:

  • IK10 Vandal Resistant Enclosure
  • Canon’s Unique Remote Adjustment Function for Easy Post-Installation changes to the Camera’s Pan/Tilt/Rotation Angles and Zoom
  • Canon 2.4x Optical Zoom Lens with 111.5° Angle of View
  • 1.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor with Exceptional Low-Light Performance
  • Advanced DIGIC DV III Image Processor to help Maximize Image Quality
  • Haze Compensation, Smart Shade Control and Auto Gain Control Limit
  • Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) to Maintain Video Quality in Important Areas While Reducing Bandwidth Usage
  • Scheduled Custom Video Settings
  • On-Board Video Analytics and Versatile Functions
  • Powerful DIGIC NET II Processor allows for Simultaneous Streaming of M-JPEG and H.264 in Multiple Resolutions
  • Multiple Networking Configuration, Security and Encryption Functions
  • Audio and I/O Support
  • Built-in SD Card Slot
  • Multiple Power Options: 24 VAC, 12 VDC, PoE
  • ONVIF 2.4.2 / Profile S / Profile G Conformant

Now that you have all the info on the ideal camera you should take a look at the ideal Monitor to be able to tap into and see all the action that your new camera or cameras (in the case of large scale retail security) is capturing and if you want to take it a step further you should look into some type of Video Recorder (NVR or DVR) to save footage and enable play back and editing of recordings.

The monitor will have to be compatible with a wide variety of cameras similar to the Tatung TME19WA Wide LED Security Monitor, this monitor will give you the best look at the view from your cameras with a Widescreen LED display sporting a 1366 x 768 resolution and being compatible with a multitude of camera inputs and outputs and weighing a feather light 6 lbs. but still has a strong case and mount, features listed below for this do it all monitor.

Tatung TME19WA Retail Security Features:

  • 1366 x 768
  • 3D Comb Filters
  • 3D Noise Reduction
  • VGA, HDMI and BNC

Protect Your Retail Store From Outside

In some cases you need to cover not only the inside but the outside and depending again on the size of the area and the surroundings, you may need multiple cameras or just one. Whatever the case we have made a separate selection for the outdoor camera to pair with the above indoor options and monitor. This camera is similar to the indoor with the differences being its suited for an outdoor climate with temperature controlled housing and will have built in IR for night time conditions but the same brand was chosen to keep continuity among the article and make the selection easy. This is one of the best outdoor cameras we carry but it’s by no means the only and if you are interested you can check out our full line of outdoor cameras at this link.

The Canon/Axis VB-S800VE is, however, a heck of a choice for an outdoor camera packing a lot of technology for it’s affordable price. For one its vandal resistant with an IK10 Impact Rating and IP66 rated for water and dust and if that wasn’t enough has a moisture release systems to help prevent excess moisture from steaming things up and distorting video.

Canon/Axis VB-S800VE Retail Security Features: 

  • 2.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor Helps to Provide Video with Outstanding Detail
  • Sleek Low-profile Design Allows Camera to be Discreet and Aesthetically Pleasing
  • IP66 Rated Water and Dust Resistant Enclosure
  • IK10 Rated Impact and Vandal Resistant Enclosure
  • Advanced DIGIC DV III Image Processor Helps Maximize Image Quality and Color Accuracy
  • Image Optimization Tools including Haze Compensation, Smart Shade Control, Auto Gain Control Limit and White Balance Adjustment
  • Moisture Release System to Help Prevent Video Distortion Due To Excess Moisture
  • Built-in Microphone for Audio Recording at Installation Site
  • Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction To Increase Video Clarity in Low-Light Conditions and Reduce Bandwidth Consumption
  • Area-Specific Data Size Reduction (ADSR) to Maintain Video Quality in Important Areas While Reducing Bandwidth Usage
  • Privacy Mask for Placing a Digital Mask over Highly Sensitive Areas
  • On-Board Video Analytics Allow Event-Triggered Recording for Enhanced Monitoring
  • ONVIF Profile S Conformant for Enhanced VMS Connectivity
  • Web-Based Camera Viewer with Mobile Device Support
  • PoE Power Source Compatible
  • Low Power Consumption Maximum Approximately 3.9W Over PoE
  • How Much Security Do You Need?

This section is a bit of a bonus section but is very important in that it will give you an idea of what you need for the relative size of your retail location for which we can give an estimated guess on the amount of supplies you will need for any given size or space of your application.

Range Guide: 

Remember these are rough guesses and depending on the shape and surrounding coverage of trees and foliage outdoors the placement and ranges can be tricky but for the sake of this example we will assume size is the only factor. See below for ranges and suggestions.

  • 500-2,499 – Ranges of this size would be recommended to have at least 2 cameras on the smaller size with up to at least 3 for the higher end of 2,499
  • 2,500-5,999 – In this middle range you would want at least 4 cameras on the lower end and up to between 6 and 8 for the higher end of the square footage range
  • 6,000-10,000 – On the larger operations it can be difficult to estimate but based on size alone it would be smart to have a minimum range of 10 to 15 cameras maybe more.

Depending on outside factors discussed above including surrounding objects and sight lines but these cameras have the technology to cover all bases and bring the best technology available for the price so you have a sound security system and peace of mind that you and/or your business are secure and protected. No matter what you are looking for, when it comes to retail security and audio video equipment we have everything you need, just contact us out today at or give us a call at 888-875-6091 and we will be able to help you design your own system for your specific needs.

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