Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
December 19, 2016

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82% of small businesses with CCTV have plans to upgrade systems

More than four in five (82%) small businesses with CCTV systems plan to upgrade or replace existing systems, according to research by Axis Communications.

The survey of 500 UK-based small-business owners also found that more than a third (39%) are considering doing so with in the next two years. Asked what their motivations for upgrading were, respondents most frequently cited theft and loss prevention motives. Some 38% of small businesses have suffered a break in or theft at their premises.

More than half of small businesses – 62% – already have a video surveillance system installed. With 78% stated that a break in or theft within the business is a major concern now and in the future, there seems to be scope for that figure to rise. Two thirds of respondents believe that video surveillance enhances their ability to protect premises, people and assets and gives peace of mind to them and their staff.

“Wider trend”

James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), said: “Axis’ survey into the challenges facing small businesses and the increasing demand for video surveillance is representative of a wider trend. Convenience stores in the UK lost over £120m last year as a result of crimes committed against their organisations, with shop theft alone costing over £43m.

“Network cameras are a valuable tool for retailers, not just for reporting crimes when they happen but also to use as a preventative measure that discourages potential criminals. Our Local Shop Report shows that 78% of convenience stores have surveillance cameras in their business, and we also expect this to grow over the next year as more stores invest in effective crime prevention measures.”

Axis has targeted the small business end of the market with more affordable solutions in recent years, notably the Companion range.

Said Atul Rajput, regional director of northern Europe at Axis Communications: “Installers should expect to see an increase in demand for high-quality video surveillance solutions in the small business sector as owners seek confidence that their premises are secure from theft and loss.

“From our research we are seeing that features such as remote access technology are becoming increasingly sought after. Video surveillance technology is continuously evolving and small business owners are becoming notably more aware that in order to ensure a high-level of security, up-to-date and systems that deliver excellence quality are an essential purchase.”

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