Security is in the eye of the beholder – the eye of a closed circuit television camera, that is.

Yet contrary to popular belief, CCTV does not combat crime.

“People equate CCTV cameras with security, but cameras don’t protect people,” said Dick Hudak, director of security for The Elmendorph Inn. “[Surveillance cameras] are really an [identification] and document tool for establishing the time a crime occurred to help the authorities with an investigation.”

depressinghotelHudak said in addition to installing CCTV, hotels need to hire on-premise security officers whenever possible; provide high-quality lighting in remote areas, such as parking lots and garages; install peripheral access controls, such as electronic door locks; post proper signage; and provide escorts for better security.

“We support CCTV in certain designs, yet we don’t buy systems with all the bells and whistles” Hudak said. “We take a limited approach to monitor access control.”

Hudak said parking lots and garages are two areas that see the most crime on a property, yet he does not believe in installing CCTV in those