5 Things Off-Duty and Prior Police Officers Can Do

police facing awayIf you’re contemplating hiring a security guard to protect you or your employees, consider this: what kind of experience do you want your hired guard to provide? Security guards can help monitor events, schools, and businesses to keep them safe from theft and vandalism. But if you want to hire a security guard because of an upcoming, high-pressure scenario at your business or home, an off-duty/retired/prior police officer may be what you need.

Off-duty/retired/prior police officers are an alternative to the traditional security guard when a higher, more experienced level of service is needed. These agents are well-trained in law enforcement techniques and practice their skills every day in their day jobs. When you need protection under pressure, an off-duty/retired/prior police officer is your best choice.

Here are five things off-duty/retired/prior police officers can do.

  1. Off-duty/retired/prior police act as a calming force during terminations.

Office firings are hard for both the employee and manager in different ways. For the firing manager, there’s always the chance the employee may react poorly to the termination. Even in situations where the employee is aware it’s happening, there’s still a chance they could cause harm to themselves or others out of anger and frustration.

Office terminations are one scenario where an off-duty/retired/prior police officer can help. They can provide a calming yet authoritative presence in the room, possibly deterring the employee from making a scene. And if the terminated employee does happen to lash out, the off-duty/retired/prior police officer is always ready to respond, just like in his day job.

  1. Off-duty/retired/prior police can protect your important executives and dignitaries.

Depending on the type of business you are in, you may have high-ranking officials that require security when they visit your location. These people don’t have to be celebrities. Anyone who has power or money can be targeted for their wealth and status and may need to be protected.

In the case that you are expecting a high profile visitor, you may consider an off-duty police officer to protect these executives, dignitaries and other people of power. Police officers train for this daily in their jobs by looking into suspicious scenarios and protecting the victims or those who are threatened.

  1. Off-duty/retired/prior police know how to handle workplace threats.                 

Beyond employee terminations, there are other threats that can arise in the workplace. An example of a workplace threat could be a disgruntled customer who keeps returning or a known thief who won’t stop lurking in your aisles.

This type of situation may resemble a typical call a police officer receives while on duty, so it makes sense that they’d be a good fit to handle these issues off duty as well. Police officers are trained to react and respond quickly, and this experience can help during high-stressful situations in your workplace.

  1. Off-duty/retired/prior police can neutralize domestic standby situations.

While domestic disputes begin at home, they have their way of entering a significant other’s place of employment. One of the four types of workplace violence is personal relationship violence. Spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends and ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends were responsible for the on-the-job deaths of 321 women and 38 men from 1997-2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As a manager or business owner, you personally may not be threatening enough to intervene on a domestic violence dispute that has entered your workplace. That’s why an off-duty police officer can help neutralize the threat by using the law, which will have repercussions beyond the immediate incident in your workplace. Plus, depending on the severity of the situation, off-duty/retired/prior police can be hired to be unarmed or armed, which can be critical if the situation escalates.

  1. Off-duty/retired/prior police can escort important transports for your business.

So much of business these days happens online. Financials and other important business information can be scanned and emailed with the touch of a button. Deals can be made over the phone. However, there are still certain high-stake, non-digital scenarios in your business that call for a little extra protection.

For example, let’s say you ran a raffle at your business and made tens of thousands of dollars that you need to deposit in the bank. Or maybe you need to hand-deliver a piece of paper that could make big changes to your company and its financials. Both of those situations call for an off-duty police officer, who can ensure that nothing goes wrong in the transport of those items. Protecting a moving target is all in a day’s work as a police officer, and those instincts are still there, even on off-duty days.

Although you may already have a security plan in place, hiring an off-duty/retired/prior police officer for certain situations in your business can complement your existing plan. Off-duty police officers are the best fit for when a higher, more experienced level of service is requested, whether it’s ddressing a workplace threat, protecting a high-ranking executive or neutralizing domestic violence in the workplace. Check out other ways an off-duty police officer may be able to assist you.

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By, Shawn Scarlata May 24, 2016


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5 Situations in Which Off Duty/Retired Police Officers Can Keep Your Business Safe


police-officersThe duties of a police officer extend way beyond your typical 9-to-5 office gig. While an office worker might punch a timecard at the end of the day and ‘leave work at work,’ police officers have a job that doesn’t adhere to a clock. People employed as police officers typically carry their police powers 24 hours a day in their jurisdiction, whether they’re on-duty or not. Since off-duty police officers still have the authority of being a police officer, they can legally stop crime, even if they’re off the clock.

Because of this, off-duty and retired police officers are often sought-after by security companies for their extensive training and knowledge of safety and security, which is a nice supplement to the traditional security guard skills they already have as part of the job. A business may choose a well-trained law enforcement officer for specific high-stakes workplace situations that involve personnel and asset protection, workplace violence or threats and employee terminations.

Here are five situations in which an off-duty or retired police officer can keep your business safe.

  • Employee Terminations

Unfortunately, one of the downsides of being a business owner is the responsibility of terminating employees who aren’t a fit for your business anymore. Sometimes these can be employees that have been with the company for a long time and may have committed a crime. Both of these situations can lead to a termination, leaving the at-fault employee feeling confused, upset, and angry.

When you think you may be facing an employee termination that may become volatile, an off-duty police officer can help. Off-duty police officers have experienced different levels of stress and many high-pressure situations as part of their everyday careers. In this situation, an off-duty police officer can create a calm while serious atmosphere, dissuading the employee from becoming violent in the face of a termination.

   2)   Workplace Threats

Workplace threats and violence doesn’t start and stop with your employees. The public can play a role in verbal and physical threats to your business. These threats are recognized by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in four categories: criminal intent violence, customer/client violence, worker on worker violence and personal relationship violence. Examples of workplace violence include violent confrontations, assaults, armed robberies, hostage incidents, property damage and sexual harassment.

It’s estimated that 85% of employees exhibit early warning signs before becoming violent. If you have an employee that has exhibited this kind of behavior, you may need an off-duty police officer to help you escort them off your property, dilute the threat or take other actions. Security companies can provide an agent that has specific experience with Emergency Services (SWAT) or hostage negotiation teams, which may be helpful depending on the issue. In this situation, an off-duty police officer can safely take care of the workplace threat without endangering other employees.

   3)     Escorting Courier Service Drivers

Depending on the type of business you own, you may be in the business of transporting your goods from place to place. You may have drivers delivering paperwork, light retail packages or edible goods, or you may be transporting high-value items like money or jewels, or even high-value medicine like medicinal marijuana, to and from a certain location. If that’s the case, you have a responsibility to yourself and your business to keep those items safe and secure during transport.

While you can take precautionary measures like well-planned routes, itineraries and scheduled check-ins, an off-duty police officer could be a good investment for your business during these important transports. If you are moving high-value items, the driver of those items becomes at risk for armed robbery, assault or other threats. In this situation, an off-duty police officer can escort your drivers to and from the destination, ensuring their safety and the delivery of your goods while preventing and deterring crime with their presence.

     4)     Domestic Standby Situations

Domestic violence is a serious issue that has the potential to spill over into the workplace. One of the four types of workplace violence is personal relationship violence. This generally occurs when an employee’s current or former significant other appears at the employee’s workplace and engages in hostile behavior. The workplace is a convenient location to find somebody, since office buildings and business property usually run on a schedule. If someone is really trying to reach you, showing up at your place of employment during your scheduled hours is likely to do the trick.

If you own a business and know an employee that is facing serious domestic threats, you may want to hire an off-duty police officer to keep your employee and your business safe. In this situation, an off-duty police officer is meant to either apprehend or deter the perpetrator from committing any domestic violence in your place of business. Since domestic violence is one of the most common assignments for off-duty police officers, you can rest assured that your officers know what they’re doing.

     5)     Asset Protection

Businesses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are office buildings that contain furniture, technology and your employees; other businesses may be chock-full of goods for sale, like a retail location. No matter what the makeup is of your business, you likely have assets you want to protect. Allocating part of your budget for asset protection should be akin to paying a cloud service provider to host your business data. As a business owner, you want to pay a professional to protect your important ‘stuff,’ no matter what that ‘stuff’ is.

While it’s easy to consider a traditional security guard in this scenario, there may be instances where an off-duty police officer is better suited to protect your assets. For example, perhaps you have a high-profile celebrity coming to a company event and need someone trained in executive protection detail. In this situation, an off-duty police officer is more suited to protect your business in this situation than a security guard due to the everyday nature of a police officer’s job.

Off-duty and retired police officers can be a great choice of security for your business in multiple situations. While a traditional security guard may provide your business the protection you’re looking for on a regular basis, off-duty police officers can be extremely helpful in situations including violence and threats, employee terminations and asset protection. In these scenarios, off-duty police officers bring years of training and knowledge of safety, security and the law to protect your business.

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How to Use Security Guards and Video Surveillance to Protect Your Business


ops center 2The security plan for your business is one of the most important operational plans you will have. As a business owner, you have a responsibility and a right to keep the people in and around your location safe. Depending on the type of business you own, you have several choices on how to execute your security plan. Usually, businesses choose either a traditional security guard or a video surveillance system to meet their needs.

Although security guards are known as the more traditional route, it’s not uncommon for security companies to enhance a security guard’s protective reach with technology. More and more, the coupling of human intelligence and technology is becoming a popular way to protect your business, as it provides an extensive and versatile security plan. Creating an effective, comprehensive security plan requires you to consider and outline a framework where both your security guard and surveillance work together to keep your business safe and secure.

Here are three strategies for effectively combining video surveillance and the aid of a security guard for a comprehensive security solution.

  1. Assign ‘roles’ to your security officer and video surveillance system.

It’s true that there is safety in numbers when it comes to protecting your business. As a business owner, having both systems may feel like you’ve ‘got it all,’ and that’s true. Together, these systems can be powerful in preventing and solving crime. But these systems combined are most powerful when they’re each focused on an individual solution.

When creating your security plan, it’s important to know how each system will be used and what you want out of it, so when you implement your system in your business, you know it’s working for you. If you are using both a guard and video surveillance at your location, you should lean on your security guard to prevent crime, and your video surveillance to solve crime. It’s true that security cameras are significant crime deterrents, but a security guard is best equipped to stop crime in its tracks. Cameras are indisputable when it comes to the facts after the crime.

Assigning these roles to each system can help you with the physical implementation, too. For example, if your video surveillance system is present in your business to solve crimes, it should be placed where the faces of the people in and around your business are visible and clear on the video camera. If you own a retail store, you may want to place a security guard near the entrance or exit in case of a theft.

  1. Create a communication framework for your two ‘systems.’

While security officers can come equipped to provide video monitoring duties, it doesn’t mean they’ve come equipped to carry out the systems you’ve put into place for how your security guards and video surveillance system will work together. In fact, getting down on paper how these two ‘systems’ will communicate is one of the most important facets of your security plan.

It may seem strange to think about how technology and a human will communicate together, but that’s not the type of plan you need — it’s more about how one system relies on the other and how they work together. For example, when your guard is on monitoring duty, what should he do if he sees a theft? Who does he alert? How does he do it? It’s also important to consider edge cases like how your guard should report crime when your camera isn’t working, or how to troubleshoot the video surveillance system if it needs a reboot. Understanding the flow of communication from you to your security system and back is one of the ways you can be certain it’s an effective system.

  1. Train your officers and your staff on the whole process.

If you’ve taken the time to sit down with your team, create a security plan, buy video surveillance equipment, contract with a security guard, and work out all of those details in-between, then you have to get your entire staff — including security personnel — on board with the plan. Security training is vital for security personnel, but as a business owner, having your entire workforce on the same page about security can help prevent and even deter crime.

If you’re transparent about your security plan, your employees can help you spot suspicious behavior, recognize known criminals and even report a crime. Teaching them the in’s and out’s of the plan and showing them you are invested in protecting your business will likely deter them from committing crimes themselves. If they know you’re actively participating in your security plan, it may not be worth the risk for them.

While you may have exclusively used one system over the other in the past, combining traditional security guards and video surveillance equipment can create a comprehensive, effective security plan for your business. In order to maximize your benefits, make sure to fully understand how and when each system is used; create a solid communication plan between you, the security system and the authorities; and train your staff on your security plan so they can help your protect your business.

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Why You Should Hire a Security Guard to Patrol Your Apartment Complex

Franklin Park for WPWith many tenants living in close proximity—and sharing any range of common spaces such as lobbies, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, workout rooms, swimming pools, etc.—the security of an entire apartment complex can pose unique challenges.

In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for all residents, a property manager must have a system in place that deters crime and flags suspicious activity of all kinds. These activities can range from trespassing to loitering, parking problems to noise violations, and drug activity to domestic violence.

To answer these needs, there is no substitute for having a qualified security professional on patrol. A security officer functions as a key deterrent to criminal activity, a real-time responder in any situation, and a customizable solution for property owners and managers.

The following are just some of the benefits of hiring a security guard to patrol your apartment complex.

A security officer deters crime and unauthorized activity.

The most effective way to deter criminal activity is to make a building unattractive to potential criminals and burglars. This means heightening the real and perceived risk of committing a crime. The presence of a uniformed guard—armed or unarmed—is a simple way to send the message that the property is being watched and protected.  

Criminologist Philip Cook of Duke University asserts that private security efforts are playing an important role in reducing crime, with an emphasis on security guards. He notes that as the number of private security guards employed nationwide has grown—now far outnumbering police—there has been a significant drop in crime rates.

Qualified security guards should have the training and communication skills necessary to diffuse conflict. They are also usually equipped with uniforms and patrol cars that resemble those of law enforcement officers. All of this—an officer’s physical presence, appearance and targeted skills—contributes to deterring crime and making residents and guests feel safe.    

A security officer reacts in real-time, with a professional, measured response to each scenario.

Every apartment manager should have a plan in the case that an actual situation or emergency arises. Emergency management is the building owner’s legal responsibility, and there should be someone on call to answer residents’ concerns and problems. Security officers meet these needs, as long as they are properly qualified and equipped.

Domestic violence is one example of a situation that calls for quick, measured response. Officers can step in to stop violence in the act, apprehend the perpetrator and properly document the situation for litigation. In a 2014 case of domestic violence in a Memphis apartment complex, the real-time response of a neighbor, security guard and police officers was credited with saving a victim’s life. In this case, it was the security professionals who provided details of criminal trespass and assault—evidence that was used in court.

An effective security professional is trained in observing, responding to and documenting a variety of issues. The most effective officers are also monitored, managed and supported remotely, in real-time, by supervisors.

Cutting-edge management technologies—through GPS and motion sensors—can ensure that security officers remain on patrol and safe. In addition, communication devices allow officers to make quick decisions with expert supervisory input. This also reduces any potential risk of deploying security guards, while also increasing their effectiveness.

Security guard surveillance can be customized to meet the unique needs of each property.

An apartment building’s security risks and needs will likely vary according to the time of day, week or season, and shifts can be adjusted accordingly. A building’s security needs may also vary with the presence of certain high-profile guests or tenants, such as government officials, corporate executives and diplomats.

Security professionals offer a flexible, customizable solution to a building’s security needs. Officers may be deployed 24/7, or just for one or two shifts. Guards may be armed or unarmed—again, according to need.

There also might be certain physical areas of the complex that call for extra vigilance. For example, security risks are usually higher in parking lots and garages, especially at night. A nighttime patrol may target these areas and even provide the added service of escorting residents from parking lot to building.

When it comes to the safety and security of an apartment complex, the stakes are high for property owners, managers and residents alike. It is, in fact, the legal responsibility of apartment complex owners and management companies “to protect all residents and guests legally on premises from any foreseeable harm.”

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Security Guards Vs. Video Surveillance: The Pros and Cons

By Shawn Scarlata

As a business owner, one of your main concerns is safety in your workplace. However, it doesn’t matter if you own a jewelry store or an office building there are only of a finite number of tried and true options at your disposal to ensure that your property, your employees and your business is kept safe. Two of these options are security guards and video surveillance systems.

Because no one business is the same, there are times when one of these options will work better for your business setup than the other. Factors like location, size of physical space and money are all attributes to consider when choosing a security system for your business. Here are the pro and cons to security guards and video surveillance systems.

Pro: Security guards can react, not just see, in real-time

One aspect of keeping your workplace safe is the ability to react to threatening situations in real-time. It’s certainly a plus for video surveillance to have undeniable coverage recorded, but that doesn’t solve a more immediate problem: the ability to react to a situation in the moment and potentially deter crime before it happens or is happening.

Security guards can be trained to react in real-time. Security guards receive varying levels of training when it comes to actively responding to crime. Training can include exercises on how to collect information all the way through the ability to detain suspects. As a business owner, it’s up to you to decide what your needs are and what skills a security guard must have to help you meet them.

Pro: Video surveillance systems can cover more ground.

In the case that your business covers a lot of physical ground, spans many floors or is located in a space that can’t be properly surveyed by a human, you’re in luck: video surveillance systems are the answer to being able to see your whole business at once, and maybe even on your smartphone, too.

Due to their range of motion, recording capabilities and the ability to add as many cameras as your budget will allow, video surveillance systems are the best way to see the entirety of a large area at once. This could possibly include but is not limited to spaces like warehouses, parking lots, outdoor shopping areas and more.

Con: Security guards can be expensive.

There’s no denying that the presence of an armed security guard would make most people think twice before even attempting to commit a crime. But for many businesses, having security guards to patrol their property is just not in the cards — or their budget. As a business owner, the cost of paying a person(s) to keep your workplace safe must be considered. Security guards, while ensuring safety, also can incur a large cost on your business.

For small businesses, security guards can run anywhere between $20-$100 per hour depending on the type of work they are contracted to do. While an unarmed security guard typically is about $18-22 per hour, an armed security guard costs more for the same amount of time. The costs for both armed and unarmed security guards can go up during the nighttime, as risk increases during the evening hours.

Con: Video surveillance can lead to delayed responses.

When creating a video surveillance system at your business, it may be tempting to install a camera in every nook and cranny to make sure the system is working for you and keeping your business safe. However, by doing this, you’re ensuring just the opposite. The golden rule to follow when it comes to video surveillance is the more cameras you have, the more staff you must employ to monitor it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to respond efficiently and effectively to a crime in progress.

When setting up your system, don’t forget to create a plan of who will monitor which cameras and when. Doing this, paired with some investigation on exactly where the best places are to install cameras, will get you started off on the right foot. Don’t forget that video surveillance systems these days come with features like remote video feeds, different camera types and more, and these nuances need to be worked into your training so folks can properly react to what they’re monitoring.

While there are pros and cons to security guards and video surveillance systems, there’s also a third option that might work for your business. A comprehensive approach is a blend of using both security systems to keep your business safe. It’s possible that a security guard during the day adds an extra layer of protection to the cameras that already monitor your space at night. No matter what, understanding the pros and cons of both systems will help you make the best choice for your business.

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How Video Surveillance Cameras Can Prevent Crime Before it Happens

These days, it’s not hard to find the video surveillance cameras that exist in many brick-and-mortar stores. One reason is because this popular surveillance technique can be relatively inexpensive in comparison with other costly surveillance methods, like hiring a security guard. In fact, businesses may be able to benefit from government-funded video surveillance grants, as the Department of Homeland Security awards billions of dollars per year to U.S. cities for safety purposes like video surveillance.

And business owners aren’t hiding these cameras, either. In fact, having them in plain sight is part of the plan: video cameras are not only useful for recording crimes in order to identify thieves, but also to deter criminals from committing crimes in the first place. Knowing that your behavior could be caught on camera can sometimes be enough to prevent crime, if not also supporting evidence for the crime after it’s been committed.

Video surveillance can prevent crime before it happens, but only if your video surveillance system has the support it needs to work that way. Here are three attributes your video surveillance system needs in order to prevent crime before it happens.

  1. A Well-trained Monitoring Staff. Depending on your business, you may have a small number of cameras that focus on one room or a large number of cameras that can see the span of several large areas, inside and outside. No matter what your setup is, having a well-trained staff to oversee what’s happening on these cameras is one way to prevent crime before it happens.

Video monitors or camera operators should be trained in not only the systems and processes your business sets up for when a crime is in progress or has been detected, but also those “soft skills” that can make a team of people watching your business work for you. For example, according to the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, a surveillance team can often come to know the faces of local offenders, giving them a leg up on possibly preventing crime. Being well-versed in the community, the types of recurring local crime and even basic training like how to recognize someone who is high on drugs, can help prevent crime before it happens.

  1. The Right Number of Cameras. When installing your video surveillance system, it’s tempting to fill every nook and cranny with a camera to catch everything that happens in or around your store. And the intention there is right — as a business owner, you want to secure your location, which is why you are setting up video surveillance in the first place. However, an unmanageable number of cameras can have a negative effect on your surveillance plan.

GCN, a website that delivers technology assessments, says that the best approach is to start small and place cameras in your area carefully and thoughtfully. You’ll want to start with cameras that film the most vulnerable spots in your store, like the cash register or the entrance. Then, as your staff becomes more well-trained on how to respond to activity seen on the video surveillance system, you can feel secure in adding more cameras into the mix to strengthen your method of crime prevention.

  1. Integration with the Right Technology. While training your monitoring staff to be well-versed in your surveillance plan and preparing them to know what to do to prevent and report crime is important, it’s not enough. With the technology we have at our fingertips today, it’s extremely beneficial for business owners to evaluate ways to integrate their video surveillance systems into technologies they are using every day, or processes and systems that make communicating the crime faster and easier for all involved.

The Urban Institute, a research organization dedicated to bringing objective analysis and expertise to policy debates, says that in their evaluation of three cities, integrating video surveillance technology into all manners of law enforcement activities proved to strengthen their surveillance technique, as doing this created a more effective system overall. For businesses, that could mean streaming your video surveillance to mobile devices or discussing possible integrations with your local police department.

Business owners can more efficiently prevent crime if they make it easier to communicate the situation, whether that’s seeing the video or an automated alert, using technology we use every day.

Video surveillance systems can not only be effective at catching criminals after the fact, but when set up properly, these systems can prevent crime before it happens. Having a well-trained staff, the right number of cameras and proper integrations with other communication systems will leave business owners with a setup that works to protect their business in multiple ways.


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Are there Benefits to Implementing Video Surveillance Over a Traditional Security Guard?

These days, safety in the workplace means having more than a first-aid kit on hand when one of your employees needs a Band-Aid. For example, keeping your company data safe and secure is a rising concern as cybersecurity becomes a hot topic among business leaders today.

But it’s not only your company data that needs security. It’s your environment, too. Businesses today have to consider not only protecting the data they hold, but their workplace as well.

Physical security like video surveillance or security guards can help deter employee theft, breaking and entering and even robbery. While traditional security guards have been around since the Stone Age, advancements in technology have made it possible to keep an eye on your business even if no one is physically present. And the improvements aren’t minor, either: video surveillance systems now offer top-of-the-line features like thermal imaging and panoramic technology.

While there may be precedence at your company to hire a security guard to keep your workplace safe, it’s important to understand the benefits of video surveillance and why it might be a better option for managing the safety of your business.

The following are two benefits to implementing video surveillance over a traditional security guard to protect your company.

Technology. Every year our iPhones get bigger; our gadgets get smaller; and our computers get smarter. Using video surveillance, you can tap into the latest technological advancements in this industry to keep your business safe. By combining video security and video surveillance, you can create a system that is automated and works faster than any human can. According to Security Magazine, today’s systems incorporate “smart” cameras, include internal storage and analytics, and have the ability to stream to mobile devices.

SightLogix Inc, a manufacturer of intelligent video surveillance systems, combines video surveillance with smart technology that uses computers to watch what’s happening on-screen, and will alert folks in real-time when an intrusion is taking place. SightLogix helps you create a comprehensive video security solution with detection and video verification, taking the best parts of a human and machine solution to security.

Price. Budget is always a factor when it comes to security for your business. As of January 2016, the average pay for a Security Guard is $10.49/hr, or $29,084 annually. Video surveillance pricing isn’t as cut-and-dry. For example, a comparison of business security systems from FitSmallBusiness has different pricing for installation, monthly services, warranties and more.

Price is a benefit when it comes to video surveillance systems because businesses can pick and choose which services and items they want based on their needs, or their type of business and what they sell. It’s not about hiring one or more guards — it’s about choosing what security you want and where. For example, CostOwl.com says that you should expect to pay about $1,000 per camera for the total package.

The Hybrid Approach

While video surveillance has it’s benefits to keeping your workplace free from intruders, it’s important to understand the risks involved with choosing one solution over the other. Neither are foolproof, and taking a hybrid approach may make the most sense for your business.

To help make the best decision for your company, consider your main goal in implementing a surveillance solution. For some companies, it’s monitoring employees internally for theft. For others, it’s keeping non-employees out of the building or keeping what’s inside your building safe and secure.

Christopher Lara, StarKnight Incorporated’s marketing director, makes the point that video cameras don’t always have that 360-degree view a human has, and they’re not always evenly distributed throughout the building. If your video surveillance solution is not set up properly, it could do more harm than good, weighing your budget down with a solution that isn’t working for you.

Security guards have the ability to react in real-time to security issues that arise, and can follow up accordingly on the spot. However, they also can’t be everywhere at once, and therefore can’t see the entire scope of what they need to keep secure. Hiring multiple security guards could be a strain on your budget, and may not be a sustainable option for your business.

Although there are benefits of using video surveillance versus a traditional security guard, businesses have a duty to themselves to figure out their true security needs and implement a system that works best for them. Considering both options when vetting out how you’ll keep your business secure will allow you to understand the benefits and risks of workplace safety when applying security systems like video surveillance or traditional security guards.

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