By Dennis Hung • September 03, 2018•Careers, Other Career Issues, Law School, Other Law School Issues
You are sitting in your office, surrounded by many leather-bound law books, and the air smells of rich mahogany. A client is sitting in front of you, asking what they should do to make sure their business space is protected. They want to make sure they have a low-risk environment for lawsuits, and they trust that you have all the answers. And, of course, you do.
That sounds like a nice dream (with a touch of Anchorman? Weird). It’s your future, as long as you study hard and work your butt off. But what are you going to tell your future clients? Of course, there is the usual OSHA requirements and whatnot, but what if they want something more? May I suggest something that maybe you hadn’t thought of before?
Security cameras. I don't just mean a camera or two by the entrances. I'm talking about Big Brother cameras. I'm talking about Eagle Eye cameras. I'm talking about the Truman Show cameras. Okay, so I'm not talking about those cameras. However, I am suggesting more cameras than "the usual."
Cameras do whatever you tell them to do. They are perfect employees and great watch dogs. Also, you don't have to pay them even minimum wage or feed them twice a day and take them out to go potty. They are tough to evade for intruders, and they make life easier for the user by offering functions like playback and fast-forward. You can tell your client to place some cameras in strategic locations around their office, warehouse, or home, and refer to their footage whenever a problem arises. This is why something as simple as a doorbell camera may actually help to reduce the risk of a lawsuit.
When it comes to lawsuits, you want to take any liability that you may have off the table as soon as you possibly can. The fact of the matter is that you do not want to be left on the hook for someone getting injured while on your property or something of that nature. Of course, anyone could claim anything happened if they somehow sustain an injury while on your property. That is why you need a home security system as you way of monitoring exactly what actually happened and lessening the chance that you could be held liable for someone else's accident.
It is clear that the primary intended purpose of a home security system is not to capture people making up false claims about how they were injured in your home. At the same time, you have to admit that it is pretty hard to deny that this is a nice feature that they also have. In other words, it is great that you can count on your security system to also back you up when no one else will.
Deter Poor Decisions
The fact that you have a home security system set up on your property in the first place may be enough to deter some people from making dumb choices that could leave themselves injured in the first place. There is just something about knowing that your actions will be recorded that gives a lot of people pause before they do something that they might not otherwise do. It is a good thing that cameras provide this particular benefit to anyone who sets them up in their home.
Make sure that your cameras are placed in a way that makes it very obvious to all that they are present and that the individuals who enter your home should be sure to keep themselves safe and clearly out of harm's way unless they want the whole ordeal to be recorded. That will likely set off the mental trigger in their minds to straighten up and not do whatever it is that they are considering doing which is only going to lead to harm and devastation for them.
Greater Peace Of Mind
Home security systems just provide a greater sense of peace of mind no matter what. The truth is that we just long to have a calm and peaceful time when we are in our own living quarters. The only way to do that is to be properly secured and always safe when we are at home.
Cameras go a long way towards bringing us the peace of mind that we have always desired in life. While we may find them to be a little out of the norm of what we are used to at first, it is pretty clear that they provide a lot more to us than they cost us. Avoiding a lawsuit is not the first thing that most people think of when they are having these cameras installed, but they could literally be the difference between proving your case or not.
The last thing that anyone wants to have happen is for a judgement being placed against them because things fall into a "he said, she said" kind of situation in court that doesn't go your way. Cameras can help to prevent that scenario from occurring at all.