If you’ve ever experienced a break-in or know someone who has, then you know how much it can set you back. Not only do you suddenly feel vulnerable and angry, but you also have to deal with the consequences that may range from fixing and cleaning your property to having to recover lost assets.
The best way to deal with a crime like this is to take every step possible to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Remote guarding services, commonly referred to as virtual security guards, combine the highest quality video surveillance technology with live monitoring support to create a powerful, cost-effective crime prevention solution for properties dealing with any of the following issues:
- Illegal Dumping
The use of surveillance cameras for security is not a new idea. Property owners have used them for decades to capture evidence of crimes taking place or as a way for on-site security guards to monitor multiple areas of a property at once.
The thing is, they’ve never been all that effective. Here’s why:
- Cameras alone can capture evidence of a crime, but they do little to prevent crimes from happening.
- On-site security guards can monitor cameras in real-time, but they face extreme risks when they try to prevent a crime in person.
- Recorded footage is a priceless resource, but poring through hours of video to find evidence of an incident is time-consuming, expensive, and inefficient.
Remote guarding solves all these problems by combining high-tech cameras with two essential tools: advanced analytics and remote monitoring. Together, they allow you to protect more of your property, more effectively. Here’s how it works.
Video Surveillance with Advanced Analytics
In traditional surveillance systems, security staff and property owners had to witness an event happening live on camera to intervene or pore through hours of footage to find old evidence.
Advanced analytics uses powerful algorithms to constantly scan camera footage to detect preset triggers and alert remote guards. Some of the most powerful analytic tools include:
- Perimeter Protection — Define boundaries around your property and get an alert whenever a subject or vehicle crosses that boundary.
- Smart Search — Quickly search recorded footage for specific people, vehicles, clothing items, bags, or license plates. Or tag your Smart Search parameters to real-time monitoring to create an alert whenever one of those items or people crosses your property boundary.
- License Plate and Facial Recognition — Scan real-time or recorded footage for specific people or license plates.
Advanced analytics uses your camera footage to its full potential. It uses highly customizable settings to ensure you get alerted any time an unknown person or vehicle enters your property. When they do, remote monitoring takes over.
On-site security guards don’t monitor remote guarding cameras. Here’s what happens instead:
- First, cameras send alerts to highly trained remote guards.
- Then, once a guard receives an alert, they can watch events occur in real-time and talk criminals down directly using a two-way communication system.
In most cases, criminals hear the guard and simply leave. If the crime persists, guards immediately contact the authorities.
Advantages of remote monitoring include:
- Reduced risks by replacing on-site guards with highly trained remote staff
- Improved prevention with immediate responses and two-way communication
- Effective monitoring using advanced analytics instead of manual monitoring
- Decreased response time that doesn’t rely on physical intervention
Protect More Property
Protecting your entire property at once is one of the biggest shortcomings of on-site security. Many properties only employ a single guard. Even with regular patrols, one person can only watch a small percentage of the property at one time, which makes it easy for criminals to time their intrusion.
With remote guarding, multiple cameras cover your entire property simultaneously. And, with advanced analytics combined with remote monitoring, you’re guaranteed nothing will slip past unnoticed. If they do, your remote guarding service will work with you to cover any missing areas.
When you utilize remote guarding, you’re not just guarding more property. You’re guarding it better. Take a look at some of the stats from our customers, after remote guarding was installed.
- Holsum Lofts — 69% Activity Decrease
- East Tropicana — 75% Activity Decrease
- Rainbow — 78% Activity Decrease
- Mikado — 85% Activity Decrease
- Solano Ridge — 95% Activity Decrease
Each of these clients experienced significant decreases in activity over the first year a remote guarding system was put into action.
Thinking about remote guarding but not sure if it’s the right security solution for your business? Download our free guide: Comparing Security Options For Your Business.