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The Advantages of Video Patrol Security Camera Systems vs Security Guards
Two common types of security at many properties are security guards and video patrol security camera systems. These are both active security types. This means that they can potentially intervene in situations and stop them from escalating. This can be a big advantage since these actions can stop a crime before it occurs.
If your security service is able to prevent a crime from happening in the first place, this is important for the business. Criminals often cause significant damage even if they do not manage to steal anything from a property. If a criminal breaks into your site, they can damage windows, doors, gates, and other physical property.
Not only will this be expensive to repair, but it is also time-consuming to fix. Rather than deal with this expense and hassle, it’s often much more efficient to use a service that prevents a crime before it happens.
An alarm system is an example of a passive security system. It doesn’t take any steps to prevent crime from happening. Alarms only sound once a window is broken, a gate is tampered with, or when someone has already entered your property illegally.
Not only does this mean that damage has likely already been caused, but it also means that the criminals will have a chance to commit their crimes and leave the scene before anyone notices them. Even if the police are notified immediately, it will still take time for them to arrive.
Video patrol security camera tools and onsite guards both work to stop crimes before they happen. However, there are significant differences between these two services.
Understanding Video Patrol Security Camera Systems
With a remote video patrol security system, cameras are installed in and around a property along with two-way speakers and other sensors, depending on the location. These cameras make it possible for security agents to remotely monitor the entirety of a property, both the interior and exterior.
If agents notice any specific issues, such as suspicious activity, they can use the tools (speakers, lighting, etc.) to interact with the site and deter criminal activity. Remote agents can also contact police if necessary. When a monitoring agent contacts the police to report a situation, this is a verified call.
The police will know that there is a crime in progress and may give the call a higher priority, as opposed to the attention they would give a false alarm.
In addition to watching over an entire property, remote surveillance teams can also be responsible for access control, parking assignments, and much more.
Understanding Traditional Onsite Security Guards
Onsite security guards are also an active security tool. If guards notice a suspicious situation or potential criminal activity, they can react and work to deter the criminal before any crime happens.
Security guards can also handle access control duties and parking management. However, having guards handle additional duties can sometimes mean hiring additional guards. If you are not able to hire more guards, your current team may be stretched thin and they could potentially miss certain events.
Comparing Live Video Surveillance to Physical Guards
One of the main differences between security guards and remote video patrol security systems is that remote agents can monitor an entire property at once.
- In most sites, especially larger properties such as truck yards or warehouses, it’s logistically impossible for guards to watch the entire property. It is also very costly.
- There is also the unfortunate possibility that security guards can be overwhelmed, intimidated, or even injured by large groups of criminals or by those who are armed.
- Security guards may have difficulty spotting criminals or suspicious activity in low-light situations, such as during the night. Criminals often take advantage of these circumstances. The high-definition video cameras used in remote video patrol security camera systems are able to capture detailed footage in nearly any condition, including at night.
Birdseye Security Solutions has years of experience in remote monitoring and facility management and supervision. For more information on video patrol security camera systems and details on how our tools can help protect your business, please do not hesitate to contact us today.