There’s no questioning the importance of on-site security. When it comes to planning out and implementing security, most companies tend to go with either CCTV or mobile patrols. While both have their own distinctive advantages, neither is perfect and they both come with their own set of drawbacks that would-be criminals can exploit. So how can you get around this? The simple answer is to use both CCTV and mobile patrols, and we’ll be taking a closer look at exactly why this is below – starting with a few advantages and disadvantages of each.
CCTV can be a cost-effective security system and can play an important role in your business’s overall security. CCTV systems can be monitored on-site or remotely (for example, as part of a security package) and offer a highly visible deterrent to any possible criminals or vandals. What’s more, CCTV systems typically run 24/7 and can be used to keep track of people accessing or leaving specific areas. Last but not least, CCTV systems nowadays all have recording capabilities, capable of producing useful recorded evidence that law enforcement agencies could potentially use to track down and apprehend criminals.
On the other hand, CCTV systems are generally limited to covering specific areas, are all but useless if criminals are wearing masks, and oftentimes faces and fast-moving objects turn out blurry in recorded footage – rendering such footage useless to law enforcement.
MOBILE GUARD PATROLS
While CCTV is an adequate deterrent, it’s hard to deny the effectiveness of actual guards in this regard. Moreover, mobile patrols aren’t limited by the same restrictive field of view CCTV systems are and are a much more efficient way of reacting to risks. Speaking of reactions, mobile patrols provide much faster, multi-sensory protection since they can often hear break-ins or suspicious activity long before any security companies or law enforcement alerted by digital systems can make their way out. Nonetheless, mobile patrols are still limited by factors such as cost and the fact that each guard can only be in one place at a time.
Having both a CCTV system and a mobile patrol protecting your site offers you the best of both worlds and allows you to take benefit from the full set of advantages that each type of security offers. When used together, both CCTV and mobile patrols practically cancel out each others’ drawbacks, ensuring your business stays safe 100% of the time.
While some may argue that implementing both is excessive and expensive, at the end of the day you need to consider what you stand to lose in terms of time and money, rather than what you think is an appropriate amount to pay. If you’re interested in learning more about the best way to protect your business, get in touch with 365 Patrol today for your free consultation.