Should I Install a Video Surveillance System or Hire a Security Guard?

install a video surveillance system or hire a security guard

 

I’m oftentimes asked “Should I install a video surveillance system or hire a security guard?”  While traditional security guards have been used for ages, video surveillance systems make it possible to keep an eye on your business even when no one is around. These days, video surveillance systems offer top-of-the-line features such as thermal imaging and panoramic technology. While there may be precedence at your company to hire a security guard to keep your workplace safe, adding video surveillance to your security plan may be a wise choice to keeping your business as secure as possible.

Here are a couple benefits of installing a video surveillance system:

  • Video surveillance offers the latest technology to keep your business safe.

Using video surveillance, you can tap into the latest technological advancements to keep your business safe. With this tech, you can create a system that is automated and works more efficiently than any human can. Today’s video surveillance systems utilize “smart” cameras, which boast internal storage and analytics, and can stream video feeds straight to your mobile device.

  • Video surveillance systems are very economical.

While security guards may be an appealing security solution, they’re not always the cheapest option. As of January 2016, the average pay for a Security Guard was $10.49/hr, or $29,084 annually. And that’s only if you are hiring the guard directly and are responsible for training, licensing and insurance costs.  If you hire a firm to send you a security officer you can expect to pay at least double that amount.  Video surveillance and monitoring is generally a much more cost-effective solution for business owners, as it allows you to tailor your system to meet your needs. For example, you can pay for different monthly services, features, warranties and more, all depending on what your business requires.  

Why You Don’t Have to Choose Just One

While video surveillance has its benefits, it’s by no means foolproof.  Some situations, such as high profile events, may be better suited for a security agent. Both approaches have their pros and cons. For example, security guards can be great for situations that require 360-degree scope. They can react in real-time to security issues that arise, and can follow up immediately.  However, they also can’t be everywhere at once, and they can be a real a strain on your budget. Guards may not be a sustainable option for your business when used on a regular basis.
The lesson here is that adopting both video surveillance and hired security for different situations may be the best option for your business. Take time to consider your business’s particular needs, and you’ll be able to determine the appropriate security plan.

SMART Security Pros is a provider of armed security services utilizing only active/retired/prior law enforcement officers as well as Remote Guard Video Surveillance services.  Shawn Scarlata is the Founder/CEO and the author of this post.

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