Reduce Guards with CCTV Monitoring
One way in which companies still using traditional manned security guards and mobile patrols can actually save money is by switching to remotely monitored CCTV systems. These security systems can protect any type of premises 24-7 at low cost. Every type of closed location can be protected, from construction sites, depots and factories, to offices, schools and colleges. The advanced technology used in these systems means they can be adapted for use at any site; when designing the system the client’s needs are always assessed and incorporated into the final product.
Unlike traditional manned security guards that can be expensive and unreliable, remotely monitored CCTV reduces the risk of human error and can be extremely good value for money. CCTV cannot be threatened; it does not require any facilities, such as rest rooms, radios and vehicles, nor does it ever fall asleep on the job. CCTV can constantly monitor premises to provide total security during unoccupied hours and can be far more cost effective than mobile patrols that provide limited coverage.
Remote CCTV monitoring has no geographical boundaries and can be used for premises located anywhere in the world. The use of this service can reduce, if not eliminate, the need for manned guarding and will often result in a significant reduction in your operating / security costs.
Remote monitoring benefits:
Enhanced security - all day, every day.
Free from physical assault.
Impervious to collusion / threat.
Capitalises on your CCTV investment and stretches your business asset.
Supports business efficiency and improvement.
Technology allows sites to be protected 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. To match this level of cover would require a significant
manned guarding presence, but the costs of employing on-site security guards
have been rising steadily over the past few years due to new licensing
requirements and minimum wage legislation. So, if CCTV and remote monitoring
are so much cheaper than manned guarding why not simply rely on technology? The
answer is that there are occasions when it is more appropriate to have a real
person in place, for example in a front-of-house role, where they will interact
with employees, customers and visitors. A human presence can also act as a
deterrent to potential intruders, and sometimes businesses will need to employ
extra security personnel to cater for one-off events.
There is also a synergy to be gained from guards working in conjunction with technological solutions. A manned guard can become more effective because he is supported by technology. While technology can be used to tour sites remotely, the use of a guard patrol can provide additional cover. Indeed many companies opt for ‘mantech’ solutions, where guards form an integral part of site monitoring and are able to call into visual monitoring centres before they set off on their tour of the sites so the centre can ‘virtually’ accompany them. Some businesses have a flying squad of guards who are able to go out rapidly when they get visual verification following an alarm. Even if you have an audio link where you can immediately warn an intruder off site, it is stilll effective to have a human body to back up the warning