Video surveillance plays a critical role in securing a facility, but some businesses are concerned about how proactive it really is. Without a live monitoring service in the mix, surveillance might offer nothing more than an evidential playback after something happens.
So what are the options? How can businesses be more proactive in their surveillance and security efforts?
One answer is remote video monitoring. It uses intelligent video monitoring with camera analytics to detect unusual activity, while remote agents make sure sight lines are clear and activity is authorized.
Advantages of remote video monitoring
Implementing remote video monitoring for your NYC business can provide you with quick and proactive protection. Here are five major advantages of the service:
1. Affordable guard alternative
Employing onsite guards isn’t cheap. By using a remote service to help monitor your site instead of hiring additional guards, you can reduce guard costs by upwards of 50%. It’s a cost-effective solution for many businesses, especially those without the resources to hire overnight security staff.
2. Crime reduction
Crimes like theft, vandalism and trespassing are the kind of threats a business will always have to face. Fortunately, your business can ensure this crime will be dealt with properly by using effective barriers.
With remote video monitoring, camera analytics pick up on criminal activity and remote agents monitor your site to step in when necessary. Agents can take action in a number of ways, whether it’s calling the police or setting off an onsite alarm. This proactive response prevents crime from escalating and mitigates the damage.
3. Improved police response
To deal with a crime like a break-in, a business needs law enforcement at the scene as quickly as possible. Remote video monitoring aids in that response in a few ways.
The first way is by providing awareness. If a break-in were to happen overnight, it could go undetected and/or unreported. But with a live agent monitoring your site, you can rest assured that someone is available to dispatch the police immediately.
And in addition to awareness, remote video monitoring provides video verification. False alarms are a real issue for response teams. But with video verification by an agent, you would have confirmation of an alarm in the shortest possible time, moving you up on the priority list for authorities.
4. After-hour protection
Most businesses need adequate protection during the late hours of the night when no one is present. Overnight security guards are an option, but working an overnight shift can be exhausting and even dangerous for the average person.
Remote video monitoring is fully functional at all times. It doesn’t sleep, it stays alert at all hours and it ensures multiple agents are available to handle situations as they come.
5. Effective coverage
While security guards are a valuable defense against unwanted activity, they come with limits. A guard can’t oversee multiple areas of a building at once, which means criminals could target areas not being watched.
Due to the intelligent camera analytics, remote video monitoring can cover multiple areas at once. The service can even be programmed to complete remote site patrols of designated areas on a set schedule. This means vigilant back-up for your security staff.
Remote video monitoring in NYC, New Jersey and beyond
At Peace of Mind Technologies, we provide comprehensive security systems and services to fit the unique needs of businesses throughout New York and New Jersey. To get more information about remote video monitoring and how it could work for your site, contact us today.
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