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Security Camera Systems for Bars

posted by Andy Wendt

The bar is one of businesses most vulnerable areas of theft.

Bartender stealing is especially prevalent if you have a successful bar business with a popular bartender. You might not notice daily theft and skimming, such as free drinks to the bartender's friends and stealing from the cash register.

Shrinkage, the average loss due to theft, spillage and waste, nationally is approximately 23 percent on liquor and draft beer, about 10 percent on wine and 2 percent on bottled beer*. That's a lot of money. It could mean your profits for the year! Eliminating shrinkage can mean the difference between financial success and bankruptcy.

Theft alone is the largest source of losses in bars. Opportunities are plentiful for theft behind a bar. Bartenders work many hours without direct supervision. Those who steal from the bar do so because it's easy, hard to detect, and nearly impossible to prevent.

The temptations posed by handling large sums of cash and dealing with a liquid inventory on a day to day basis can be overwhelming. At some point, even the most honest bartenders will contemplate stealing cash, and give out free drinks to friends or bar regulars.

Bar Video Surveillance can help Eliminate Dishonest Bartenders
Video Cash Register Transaction Data You need to send a message loud and clear to your staff that theft will not be tolerated. Bartenders know they will be held accountable for their actions with surveillance video systems.

While you might not want to pursue criminal action against a bartender for embezzlement or a similar crime, video documented theft is solid grounds for termination. A mere wrist slap does nothing to discourage others from putting their hands in the till.

Consider the predicament that Bob had when he terminated his favorite bartender. "After installing the GeoVision camera system, it became apparent that Judy was taking money and giving away the farm. She was bringing in a ton of business, much of that was because of all the free drinks she gave away. I hated to let her go, it hurt our bar customer traffic at first. But after looking at the bottom line, we knew we made the right decision."

Check out our other Camera Security Now Pages for more information on specific Bar Surveillance Systems. *Source: Bevinco, Inc., a liquor inventory control service, with 100 franchises throughout the United States and Canada.

Geovision Features that you should consider for your Bar CCTV System

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People Counting
The People Counting software is a powerful tool that many retail chains have begun to use to accurately keep track of peak hours in their store. The software counts people that pass through a predetermined area, and can count both people coming and people leaving. The DVR can also generate and export a report in multiple formats such as XLS, PDF, and CVS.


Face Detection in Object Index
Used to detect human faces in the video and saved as thumbnail image index. It is easy to retrieve the video by checking and clicking the thumbnail image index. It is suggested to be installed near the entrance and exit.


Single PTZ Tracking
Single PTZ tracking is able to track a moving object using only one PTZ Camera. The camera is set to detect motion and when an object passes through it will automatically follow the movement of the object. When the object becomes out of view, the PTZ camera can return back to its designated position.