With modern technology creating new and innovative methods of creating safer environments, property owners now have the luxury of choice – traditional on-site security guards; or a video monitoring security service, with 24/7 eyes and enhanced video analytics. More and more property managers are finding that virtual surveillance is capable of providing superior security and are now realizing the benefit of replacing traditional security guards with live video monitoring. The reasons for doing so are not just based in getting a better service; the benefits to using virtual surveillance are numerous. Outsourced services can be more reliable, offer more coverage, be more affordable, and mitigate risk & liability compared to security guards and patrols.
A virtual security service is more reliable than an on-site security guard. With physical security on site, with just the one pair of eyes, there will often be common distractions, which can detract from their primary responsibilities – protecting your site. Something as simple as a cell phone call or call of nature are regular reasons that onsite guards miss crucial activity. Video monitoring security is never late because of a ‘family emergency’, miss their shift through sickness or need replacing at the last minute.
A remote live security service typically has a contingency in the form of dedicated supervisors and multiple operators on duty to ensure proper coverage, including when individuals need a break.
We all wish we could be in two places at once, but until cloning becomes a reality, on-site security guards can only be in one place at a time. A virtual security service can watch multiple surveillance cameras simultaneously, and has the technology to detect movement and suspicious activity throughout a large or spread out property with multiple trouble points.
Guards can also get into habits and become predicable. The more perceptive criminal can follow the patterns and see a window of opportunity. Using advanced video analytics, operators have the ability to see multiple cameras with complete site coverage at all times.
The average cost of a security guard is between $19,000 and $35,100 annually. Some of the more experienced guards or off-duty police officers will cost more. This does not include the necessary equipment and contract fees.
Live Video Monitoring is more affordable, and due to a innovative streamlined approach, can reduce surveillance costs by up to 50% compared to an on-site security guard.
Security guards can pose a liability risk to both yourself and them. Without proper training, the use or excessive force in apprehending a trespasser could ultimately cost you both financially and damage your reputation. While security guards face the same risks as police officers, they don’t have the training, back-up, or weapons to engage criminals who may be armed.
A virtual security service can remotely assess a situation without putting anyone in danger. A trained security operator can watch your property and contact local police who can properly deal with criminals.
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