Why 24-Hour Surveillance Systems Are So Effective
When it comes to security, few options are as powerful as 24×7 CCTV monitoring services. That’s because actively monitoring a property gives you the ability to notice suspicious situations and stop them from progressing into crimes. The most important part of that statement is “actively monitoring.” 24 hour surveillance is significantly more effective when live agents are monitoring the cameras at all times.
Unmonitored cameras simply record evidence that can be used later. Unfortunately, in these cases, the criminals have already struck. This means they will likely have stolen assets or damaged property in the process, which is costly for the business, not to mention that damage is often time-consuming to repair.
When cameras are monitored, you receive true 24 hour surveillance. If anything unexpected happens at the property, monitoring agents can respond immediately using the many tools available to them. Remote monitoring services offer more than just 24×7 CCTV monitoring. The systems also include two-way speakers, lights, and other sensors (such as temperature sensors) that give monitoring agents a full picture of the situation at a property and the ability to proactively intervene.
Comparing 24×7 CCTV Monitoring to Other Security Tools
As mentioned, monitored cameras have a distinct advantage over those that are unmonitored. They also have a significant advantage over alarm systems for the same reason. With an alarm system, even one that is designed to contact the police as soon as the alarm sounds, you only receive an alert and action is only taken once a crime has already been committed. These systems don’t stop criminals from striking.
Another issue with alarm systems is the likelihood of false alarms. Unfortunately, some alarm systems can be triggered quite easily. For this reason, some police departments will give calls a lower priority if the alarm is not verified by security guards or monitoring agents. When you have a monitored alarm system in place, agents can provide the police with details about the situation as it happens. This helps the police prepare for the scene and it can also potentially cause them to place a higher priority on the call.
When comparing 24 hour surveillance systems to security guards, a few major differences stand out. The first is that cameras and monitoring systems can provide 100% coverage of a property. Cameras and other sensors are versatile enough to be placed nearly anywhere, giving agents a complete view of the location. With guards, covering every inch of a property is quite difficult if not impossible.
Most businesses who use guards have a guard stationed at each entrance. Some may also have guards walking throughout the property. However, even this level of security has holes. Guards cannot be everywhere at once and they cannot see everything at once. Monitored security cameras can.
This is also important when it comes to low light situations or security during the night. Most people have difficulty seeing at night and this includes security guards. However, surveillance cameras can capture clear footage even in dark conditions. This means agents will always be able to see what’s happening at a property.
Another potential issue is the possibility of guards being distracted, overwhelmed, or even intimidated by criminals. For example, an armed criminal could threaten or overpower a guard. The same is true for large groups of criminals. If several criminals converge on a scene at once, they could easily outnumber security guards.
With remote monitoring, agents would be able to see these criminals as they approach the property and before they can cause damage. They can then immediately act and even contact the police if necessary.
In addition to 24 hour surveillance, remote monitoring systems can also provide other services, such as access control, parking management, inspection enforcement, and much more. This means your business will receive a comprehensive solution that won’t just keep your property secure, but that will also ensure safety as well as increased efficiency.
For more information on how 24×7 CCTV monitoring solutions and how our team can protect your business, please feel free to contact us today. We are a North American leader in safety and security and understand what it takes to keep your business protected. Our remote monitoring solutions provide protection at truck yards, warehouses, automotive lots, construction sites, large residential complexes, and much more.