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Security Cameras for Business, Big and Small (+DIY Tips)

Whether it’s a top law firm or a lemonade stand, all businesses are vulnerable to security threats. But, specific requirements for business security cameras differ depending on the scale of the business.

Read on to find out what you need to know to protect big and small businesses, including the best in store security cameras.

Can I Put Security Cameras in My Business?

Yes, security cameras should be installed in business places. Regardless of the nature of the business—whether it’s big or small, customer-facing or not—security cameras are paramount in keeping the workplace safe and secure.

That being said, the number of security cameras needed for a business will differ depending on the scale of it. Below, check out what we recommend for smaller businesses.

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Best Security Cameras for Small Business

AlfredCamera (App)

Best small business security camera system

Available on the App Store and Play Store. Free, with the option for Premium.



  • Can be installed on phones, tablets, and even desktop computers
  • Unlimited number of devices can be added
  • Push notifications are fast and responsive


  • Relies on the hardware of the device it’s installed on
  • No infrared night vision

The AlfredCamera app allows users to DIY surveillance systems, so that they can protect their business and get on with work, worry-free.

Alfred caught an intruder in my shed, I was alerted immediately and if not for Alfred I could have lost so much it been my shop and place of business. [sic]

Key specifications

  • Live feeds
  • Motion detection
  • Continuous recording
  • Push notifications
  • Low-light mode
  • Two-way audio
  • 7-day free cloud storage


Best indoor security cameras for small business

Available on AlfredCamera. $29.99.

the front of AlfredCam


  • Can be used alongside any other Alfred devices
  • Infrared night vision is clear and well-balanced
  • microSD support allows for both local and cloud based storage


  • Indoor only
  • No voice assistant support

AlfredCam is the first hardware security camera designed for use with the AlfredCamera app. While mobiles, tablets, and computers are all great for creating a DIY security system on a budget, AlfredCam adds excellent infrared night vision and 1080p HD video resolution to the mix, allowing users to expand their DIY security camera systems. 

AlfredCam plugs in via a USB, and also supports microSD card storage, so it’s also easy to set up for 24/7 recording in a small business place.

Key specifications

  • 1080p HD
  • Motion detection
  • Continuous recording
  • microSD support
  • Infrared night vision
  • Two-way audio 
  • Built-in siren

Best Security Camera Systems for Businesses

Larger-scale businesses run the risk of greater profit losses due to theft, meaning there is far more at stake. The actual area that needs to be covered is usually much bigger than that of a small business place, and there’s a greater likelihood that the budget for security is significantly more than that of a small business.

Here’s our favorite security camera systems for businesses.

ADT Smart Business

Quotes available from ADT.

ADT business security cameras are among the most well-known and recognizable in industry settings, and you’ll likely be familiar with the company—it’s been around for about 150 years, after all.

‘Smart Business’ is their latest security system package that combines a number of products and services, including outdoor HD security cameras, smart video doorbells, and automated lights. ADT is also known for the alarms it manufactures. 

Quotes will vary widely based on specific needs, meaning you can customize the service extensively, including options for instant police response and keyholder notifications.

SimpliSafe Security Packages

Available on SimpliSafe. Packages start from $191.

SimpliSafe Business Essentials System. (Image via SimpliSafe)
Image via SimpliSafe

Although US-based SimpliSafe markets itself primarily as a home security solution provider, they also provide package and system deals designed for businesses. They claim to have helped nearly 100,000 businesses save thousands of dollars a year.

Professional monitoring starts at about a dollar a day. Packages combine different products including sensors and keypads, and also come with a free HD camera. 

Those looking specifically for restaurant security cameras will appreciate the Restaurant System, while offices will benefit from the Office System.

Comcast Business SmartOffice

Quotes available from Comcast.

A Comcast Business SmartOffice security camera. (Image via Comcast)
Image via Comcast

For existing customers of Comcast Business Internet, there is the option to have Comcast business security cameras installed.

Available on a quote-by-quote basis, the 1080p HD cameras provide superior images while also providing motion detection analysis, wide-angle view, and night-vision. 

The corresponding app lets you check in at any time, from anywhere. And since it’s Comcast, you can expect pro installation and 24/7 support.

Setting Up a Small Business Security Camera System with AlfredCamera

Many security camera systems cost upwards of $1000—and that isn’t taking into consideration the continued costs associated with cloud storage, professional monitoring, and maintenance. 

But that doesn’t mean a business should go without surveillance just because it doesn’t seem budget-friendly. DIY security systems are powerful in capable hands like AlfredCamera’s.

An unlimited number of camera devices can be paired to the AlfredCamera app at no additional cost, so users can add as many devices as they need. 


What security cameras do professionals use?

Which CCTV camera is best for offices?

An office space will need regular maintenance, so CCTV provided by a company like ADT or SimpliSafe would be most appropriate, since subscription fees will cover fixes, replacement equipment, and full access to professional monitoring services.

Which security camera is best for shops?

AlfredCam works well for smaller shops and independent stores, like grocers and bakeries. Stores with extensive stock or particularly expensive items, on the other hand, will require a comprehensive security system to maintain safety, as well as additional measures like plexiglass casing.

Which is better: NVR or DVR?

The need for NVR (network video recorder) or DVR (digital video recorder) depends on the camera it’s being used with. NVRs are used for IP cameras, while DVRs are used for analog cameras. 


Big, small, or somewhere in-between: all businesses have a responsibility to protect their staff, customers, and their products. This comes down to several measures, including security tags, staff, and cash registers, but these will vary depending on the size and budget of the business itself. 

Security cameras, however, are essential to deterring and catching theft, thereby minimizing losses and helping protect the business.