The Importance of Surveillance Cameras in the Cannabis Industry


In all business there is a certain amount of risk involved, the cannabis industry is no exception. If you were to compare risks among all industries right now, cannabis would likely be at the top of the list for high-risk. Cannabis is a hot commodity on the black market and with it still being illegal on a federal level, it opens the doors for high cash flow as well. Every dispensary manager knows the importance of protecting his or her assets and cash by using the appropriate safes and physical security components such as specialty door hardware and access control but another main focus of all business owners should be surveillance cameras.

The unfortunate incident of a loss is destined to happen, just like in any business.

Surveillance cameras not only offer support in the case of a robbery or burglary but also serves as a deterrent. Individuals, whether they are customers or employees, are far less likely to steal if they feel there is a good chance they will be caught.

Adding surveillance cameras throughout your store in the appropriate places enables you to monitor where the product is going and who it is being carried by. If you see an employee pick up a jar and disappear into a back room where there are no cameras and reappear with less product, you have a problem.

Surveillance cameras have a variety of components and features that need to be considered to ensure you are using the best solution for your business. It is important that you choose a camera system with full HD 1080p resolution to achieve the best visual results. Another additional feature to look for is wide dynamic range. This reduces the overexposure effects of unfavorable and difficult lighting situations which will offer you clearer, more identifiable images. Without this feature, your video is likely to be washed out during day hours or too dark and pixelated in the evenings and overnight when you have minimal lighting.

The final point on surveillance cameras should go without saying. It is required in all state regulations that you have some form of surveillance set up for your location, whether it be a cultivation center or dispensary.

If you have concerns or questions and would like to speak with a cannabis security specialist you can reach our associate Tony Gallo over at Sapphire Risk Advisory Group by email at or by phone at 817-520-3315.


Written by: Heather Haney

Date: 3/28/16


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