Safe and Secure: Why you need cameras in your restaurant, (if you don’t have them already)

A Bottle of Patron

It all started one windy Tuesday when everyone was off and about doing their morning dues. My mother entered the restaurant in a hurry, as usual, but noticed that a bottle of Patron that was on display was gone. She ran into the back and asked the waiter if he was cleaning it, or if someone had stolen it. The waiter then went to check out the scene, and was shocked. “It was just there! I went to the back to get a cleaning cloth a second ago, and it was there!” he exclaimed. Mother was not amused. “That bottle is worth so much money! And now, someone is walking around with it for free! Why would you let such a thing happen?!” She hollered. The waiter was hurt by this comment, and explained sarcastically, “If there were cameras in this place we would at least know who did it, but I guess we don’t, so we’re just going to blame the waiter huh?” I watched from afar all of this happen, and realized he was right. If we had cameras, we would be able to use the footage, and not be helpless to random robberies.

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On the Go

The next week I went online on search for cheap, durable, and effective security cameras. I found a great deal for two for twenty dollars and we installed them right away. The great thing about these cameras was that I could see what’s happening at the restaurant at anytime on my phone. So, overtime that the restaurant overflows, I know, and I can be on my way. Not to mention if, and when another robber tries to swipe something.

Lesson Learned

Nowadays, I like to think that the cameras steer robbers away because we haven’t had a similar incident since, except the time a homeless man stole a chair, and mother walked down the street and took it back. That is why I hope restaurant owners understand the importance of not just one, but several cameras in a place where anyone can come in at anytime, and walk away just as easily.

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