An increase of 14.8% from 2011 to the present: these data related to thefts in shops in Italy disclosed a study of Confesercenti. A worrying statistic that makes you think about the consequences that such acts are not only from the point of view of the economic harm suffered by traders, but also from the point of view of the perception of serenity and strongly undermined by security incidents of crime such as theft and robbery.

As stated by the study, as well as an increase in the number of robberies has increased the number of traders (+ 31%) that feels less secure and more exposed to criminal attacks. Hence the importance for businesses to protect themselves and increase their level of security, especially through the installation of video surveillance systems

Thefts from shops: how to install video surveillance systems

Endow of control systems such as video surveillance cameras requires the intervention of experts in the field of security that they know and comply with the rules on the processing of personal data by the use of video surveillance systems. It is essential to observe the rules laid down by the Privacy Authority Provision of 8 April 2010, under which those who install a camera or video surveillance system is required to inform all interested parties through a special sign that you are in an area under video surveillance.

The shopkeeper exposed to theft in shops must therefore give adequate information to the presence of cameras for security reasons customers, since the image is considered as personal data.

However, since the installation of video surveillance systems in a shop also involves employee control, you must then comply with the provisions of Article 4 of the Workers’ Statute which provides the ability to install audiovisual equipment in order to protect the corporate assets and guard against theft, robbery and criminal acts.

Install cameras and specially designed systems to prevent theft and robbery is not enough. It is important to choose the security sector professionals who know well the requirements regarding privacy and jointly adopt the most appropriate procedures for proper installation of video surveillance systems.