If you have a small business, then it’s in your best interests to protect it in every possible way. While you may not want to think about thefts from your premises or damage, it’s crucial to catch theft and damage if it happens.
But there’s no “one size fits all” solution. Our guide to the best security camera systems for small businesses helps you pick the system that fits your budget and your business.
Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera System
Arlo offers business plans that range in price from $13 to $50 per month, and these plans include between 14 and 60 days of recording history. The lowest tier plan covers up to 16 cameras, while the highest tier plan covers up to 60 cameras. However, a lot of small businesses can probably get by with one of the regular Arlo Smart plans. The Arlo Smart Premier plan is $10 per month, and it covers up to five cameras and provides up to 30 days of cloud video recording. The premier plan also provides package detection, cloud activity zones, and person, vehicle, and animal detection. The higher-level Arlo smart plans offer up to video 4K video quality (compared to 1080p for the business plans).
Arlo has several different camera options that vary in terms of their price and features. For a small business, we like the Arlo Pro 3, which is also our pick for the best outdoor security camera because it offers so much in such a small camera. With full weather sealing, you can use the camera indoors or outdoors. The Arlo Pro 3 has a wire-free design with a magnetic base and charging cable for easy installation.
The Arlo Pro 3 camera includes a spotlight that can activate in response to motion, or you can trigger the spotlight manually. The Arlo 3 has color night vision, a smart siren, a 160-degree wide viewing angle, and clear two-way audio that lets you speak back and forth with patrons.
Night Owl C20X Eight Channel DVR Camera System
Small businesses are always worried about their bottom line, and this Night Owl system is relatively affordable given all it provides. You get eight wired cameras, plus a DVR with a 1TB hard drive pre-installed for local storage. There is also automatic overwrite so the hard drive always continues to record.
You can use the cameras indoors or outdoors, and they have 1080p resolution with night vision (up to 100 feet), color boost technology to enhance the picture, and human detection to reduce false alerts. Each camera also has a motion-activated spotlight, and you can control the light remotely as well.
This Night Owl system is a CCTV DVR system, and the DVR can operate without the internet. However, you need the internet for the remote access features (no monthly fees for remote viewing). The Night Owl system is a good option for small retail or service businesses.
Reolink Eight Channel PoE Video Surveillance System
This Reolink system supports up to eight cameras, with four cameras capable of simultaneous playback. The NVR comes with a 2TB pre-installed HDD, and you can install an external hard drive for additional storage.
Each 4MP camera has night vision with a range of up to 100 feet, a built-in microphone, 1440p resolution, and motion detection with zones. You can remotely watch security footage through your Android device, iOS device, PC, or Mac.
Although this system isn’t the most advanced on the market, it offers small businesses solid protection and a few bells and whistles at a very reasonable price point.
Lorex 16-Channel 3TB NR9163 NVR System
Lorex has a variety of security camera solutions for businesses, and one great option for small businesses is the NR9163. It’s pricier than some of the other options on this list, but the price might just be worth it considering everything it offers. The NR9163 is an NVR system with 16 built-in power over Ethernet ports. The 3TB system (expandable up to 16TB) is extremely flexible, giving you the option to choose how many cameras you want to include (up to 16).
The resolution is outstanding, recording up to 8MP (3,840 × 2,160) in real time and producing a beautiful 4K picture on your screen (via HDMI or VGA), while remote zoom and a motorized varifocal artificial intelligence lens adjusts itself and optimizes your field of view. Rapid recap allows you to compile a short video summary of the day’s events, while live viewing, playback, snapshots, and recording are available on the app. You can also get notifications when the cameras detect motion.
Setup is easy, as the system automatically detects compatible IP cameras on the network. The Lorex 16-channel NVR system has an IP67-weatherproof rating and an IK10 vandal-proof rating, making it ideal for small brick-and-mortar businesses in cities, or for businesses that see a lot of traffic.
If you want a super cheap option, the Blink XT2 system is worth a look. You can usually find a five-camera system for somewhere in the $300 to $400 range. The XT2 cameras are wire-free and run on 2 AA lithium batteries, which are supposed to last for about two years before they need to be replaced. In addition to free cloud storage, the XT2 system also offers features like night vision and two-way audio. The camera does include motion detection, so when the unit senses motion, the Wi-Fi-enabled device will alert you on your phone.
The indoor/outdoor camera is weather-resistant (IP65), so you can place the devices all over the perimeter of your business or place them indoors. You can also connect up to 10 devices on a single Blink Sync Module, which allows you to create zones using multiple cameras. Therefore, you can set up a few cameras outdoors and connect them to a module to create an outdoor system, and then you can connect a few cameras inside to a module to create an indoor system.