Clubs & Gaming Security Surveillance – Do you need it?

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Unfortunately, incidents in RSL Clubs and Pokies do happen, whether it be the theft of a handbag, a bit of push and shove at the bar, or an argument between possessive gaming patrons. It’s why we employ security. The right security and staff training can stop some physical altercations before they start, but it’s doubtful that any RSL has truly never had an incident on its premises. Security cameras placed in the right areas can help to discourage these sorts of occurrences, if for no other reason than the risk of police reviewing your recorded footage and making arrests. Signs warning guests that they’re being recorded can further discourage bad behaviour, and in most areas they’re required by law. Lowering reported incidents that occur in and around your RSL Club also makes the local authorities and government officials happier. In fact, some states have passed regulations that require new alcohol licensees to install high-definition surveillance cameras inside their Venues . Further, they need to keep the footage for a minimum of 30 days at a minimum of 6 Frames per second.

Let’s assume that you have now decided to install an IP surveillance system. You’ll want to maximise its effectiveness and minimise cost. That means the proper installation of the right system. Consider the following:

  • Cameras should be placed in your open areas and give you complete coverage.
  • Entrances and exits should be covered by security cameras so you can get a clear picture of each patron as they come into and leave your venue.
  • Cameras near offices, safes, and cash registers help you to avoid theft.
  • How many cash registers do you have?
  • Your surveillance system should offer you a clear view of any points of entry a burglar may try to use.
  • What is your lighting throughout your venue? You’ll need the proper cameras to deal with various sources of light. The same goes for your parking lot.
  • On the practical side of installing a CCTV surveillance system, what are the cabling requirements and is your venue able to meet those requirements?
  • Along with your surveillance system, will other security components be installed? What about an Alarm or Access Control System?
  • What does your insurance company have to say about you installing a surveillance system? Do they require certain features? Will they reduce your premiums based upon the system you’ve chosen?
  • What are the costs of the various components, their installation, and the services bundled with them, are there any ongoing back to base monitoring fees?
 

In terms of hardware, you need to know the following:

  • Visible cameras are there to be obvious and deter theft or other criminal activity.
  • Infrared cameras are ideal for low and poor lighting conditions, capturing images that the human eye simply cannot.
  • Fixed cameras, as their name implies, are focused on just one area. These are ideal for cash registers, safes, entrances and exits. Some are capable of zooming but they can’t capture images from areas outside of their field of vision.
  • PTZ cameras are the opposite of fixed cameras. PTZ stands for pan, tilt and zoom, and that’s exactly what these cameras can do. Some PTZ cameras are operated manually, some are automatic. These tend to be more expensive than fixed cameras as they are capable of more functions.
 

Other considerations when deciding on your security needs are your location, building footprint, number of access points, business hours, which days your RSL is open and which it’s closed, and even how much glass is in the building. Today’s technology obviously gives you the capability to monitor your cameras and view remotely via your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Taking the time to consider your needs and the security systems available will help to keep installation and service costs down while giving you piece of mind.