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Are Surveillance Systems or Guards More Essential for Security?

The face of security in the U.S. and most of the developed world has been changing in recent years as surveillance cameras have become more important than ever before. However, there’s still room for on-site security guards to play an important role in keeping people and valuables safe. Every commercial and residential site in California is different and should be assessed to make sure the best choice is made between on-site patrols and surveillance cameras. For additional information on the differences between cameras and guard patrol security, Hayward businesses should contact the experienced security professionals at ADS Guards.

The Benefits of Surveillance and Linked Patrols

Surveillance cameras have been growing in popularity in the U.S., but they’ve been used in a much more significant way in the U.K. One of the most effective ways of using surveillance cameras is with a single operator who can communicate via radio with security officers who can react in real time to any potential criminal activity. A study from 2015 published by George Mason University revealed 19 cameras monitored in this way had a positive effect on lowering the number of criminal acts recorded in a single area.

Surveillance Cameras

Using surveillance cameras is seen as both a deterrent and a way of gathering evidence when a crime takes place. The effectiveness of closed-circuit TV cameras hasn’t been fully proven, but what is known is these surveillance cameras can reduce the number of criminal acts taking place. Advancements in technology are making cameras more important than before, particularly when law enforcement agencies can use facial recognition software to identify suspects. Displaying a CCTV camera in plain sight provides a visible deterrent, and it can also be linked to speakers, allowing a monitor to interact with potential suspects to further reduce the impacts of crime.

Security Patrols

Many security experts have seen the rise of CCTV and off-site surveillance as having the most positive impact on physical security in many years. However, patrols are still a major part of the security work being done in California and other parts of the world. One of the main positives is the fact an on-site patrol guard can react instantly to a potential security breach. An on-site guard can be an even better deterrent than a security camera, as the criminal may fear instant capture. Being on-site has its positives, including the fact a guard can hear sounds of a break-in before a camera picks up the movements of a potential intruder. The ability to investigate any potential intrusion onto a property means fewer false alarms will be reported to law enforcement and fewer long-term issues will be generated.

Combining Both Forms of Security

For most business and residential consumers, the security of a dedicated guard operating on-site is difficult to beat. However, security cameras are also seen as a positive in the digital age we live in and are best used in tandem with physical guards able to respond to an emergency in real time.

If you’re not sure whether cameras or guard patrols are best for your security needs, reach out to the professionals at ADS Guards, one of the area’s most reliable private security contractors. Hayward businesses can count on us to perform a thorough evaluation of their locations to determine which security methods are best for their circumstances. We can also develop customized security plans that meet each business’s unique requirements. To talk to one of our security experts and schedule a consultation, call us today at 1-800-794-1550.