Video surveillance technology has become more sophisticated and advanced over the years. Video monitoring systems now are capable of linking to audio alert systems, storing large video files, and perform certain analytics functions. These, along with the convenience of having means to watch over their facilities 24/7, may convince you that the high cost of installing such system will be worth it in the long run. However, should you prioritize this technology over professional on-site security guards? Can one provide you with the level of security your business needs without the other?
Below are some reasons why you shouldn’t rely on video surveillance alone as a security monitoring measure for your business.
If you’re thinking of having a CCTV system installed without a clear plan on who will monitor real-time video feeds and when you may be putting your establishment and the people in it at risk. To be able to respond to crimes and other security concerns as they happen, you’ll need a professional security officer or a trained staff to constantly monitor the feeds.
The time a patrolling security officer would take to respond to an ongoing criminal activity is significantly less compared to those who monitor the situation from their control booths. At the exact moment when the crime is happening, a security guard is able to react and do whatever is necessary to respond to the situation at hand and not just watching it happen from a screen. Sometimes, the few seconds or minutes difference decide the outcome of the security issue.
Shady personalities are less threatened by the presence of security cameras compared to actual roving security officers. People with criminal intent can note the location of the cameras and build a plan with these points in mind. Security officers are able to identify suspicious behaviour and prevent crimes before they even happen, which security cameras aren’t capable of doing.
Cameras can break either spontaneously or intentionally destroyed. Security technology has become more sophisticated and so have hackers who try to access CCTV recordings and use them to their advantage. Cameras can get disabled and video evidence can be destroyed if these hackers are able to find their way around the network to which your CCTV surveillance system is connected.
In terms of covering your whole establishment down to the tiniest of space, patrolling officers still do a better job than security cameras with limited reach. Criminals can also try to manipulate the orientation of the cameras so the area they’re targeting will become a blind spot.
Each business establishment is different and so are their security needs. Video surveillance systems come with a pre-determined set of functions that may or may not be compatible with your existing security and risk management plan. Sure, some top-of-the-line equipment may promise certain flexibility and adaptability to your current systems. But they still have their limitations and may not be able to keep up with the changes in your organization many years down the line.
The ability to monitor remotely and record activities that transpire within business establishments using video surveillance have saved many lives and won many legal cases. Technology companies are continuously working on improving security systems and incorporating more innovative features that aim to make security monitoring more effective and efficient. However, like any technology, these systems have limitations which can be exploited by criminal minds.
High-level video surveillance can provide better means of monitoring and deterring crime but not without accompanying skilled officers to conduct real-time monitoring and assessment of captured videos. The use of video surveillance equipment and the deployment of security officers should complement each other in order to meet the security needs of your business.
We at Prosek Security work closely with our clients and develop a security and risk management plan around their priorities and needs. Get in touch with us now and our team will help you determine the mix of technology and security manpower that will work best for your organization.