We are taking a look at our emergency plan along with site security here at Mount Olivet. We are fairly rural with a small neighborhood of about 20 homes on a 2 mile road. And we are about 30 min from the Twin Cities but about 10 from the edge of the closest town.
As we look at how our staffing looks now and in the future we are also looking at how secure and safe our site is from unwanted people or situations. Which could be a neighbor, someone driving through, a spouse of a guest, former employee who felt mistreated. Or even a guest who is having personal or health problems.
One thing that was brought up during a staff meeting was security cameras at various points outside so we can see who is coming onto the property and approaching our buildings (we are unable to see all main building entrances from the office) .
My question is have any of you had experience with cameras at your center, how are they perceived, does it cause concern for guests, has it been helpful or worked for a while then forgotten about? Who watches them?
If you don't currently have cameras, would you consider using them or not and why?
Any feedback will be helpful
We know that the sheriffs department can be here in 5-10 min and ambulance and fire are about 10-15 minuets away.
Site Logistics Manager
Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center
Years, ago, we had cameras on every entrance of every lodging building because we were having thefts. It turned out it was an employee and he knew his way around the cameras, so once he was caught and left , we kept them up, but they are not active.
We had a theft in our lawn/landscaping shop over Thanksgiving last year from an outsider. He was caught. We put a camera up on our entrance driveway after that to see who is driving in when the place is empty.
Recently we put a camera at the maintenance shop, as well. We are in a very populated neighborhood, and just off a busy highway with a lot of retail shops and traffic.
Guests either haven't noticed the cameras and/or don't care. We have not received any comments. I think everyone knows it's the world we live in now and with all the videos on the news showing culprits being caught, people accept cameras and I think it is the way to go. It's very unfortunate that we have to do this especially at a conference center.
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