Buyers Guide: Live Surveillance Monitoring

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Live surveillance monitoring is a proactive commercial security solution to help deter criminal activity. Examples of criminal activity include loitering, theft, property damage, assault, and trespassing at shopping centers, industrial properties, self-storage facilities, car dealerships, and other commercial properties.

In our articles below two police chiefs discussed alarm or call verification.  When live surveillance operators see and report a live crime in progress, police departments can call it verified, which may lead to faster police dispatch and response. Live monitoring benefits include typically better coverage at a significantly lower expense when compared to security guards.

Contents

  • Verified Alarms
  • Live Surveillance Monitoring versus Security Guards

Verified Alarms

Wireless Surveillance Police Security Video: Priority Police Dispatch for Live Monitoring - Four police chiefs and commanders spoke on priority police dispatch at the 2015 International Security Conference. They agreed that remote video surveillance led to both greater security and faster police response time. The panel - Law Enforcement Explains Priority Response and Verified Alarms was hosted by SDM, the leading security industry magazine. SDM reports video surveillance and other electronic security news for commercial, business, and residential markets. The police security presentation covered the following topics. Police Chief Chris Vinson, Highland Park (Dallas) TX: Remote Video Surveillance Commander Scott Edson, Los Angeles, CA: Wireless Surveillance System Credibility Deputy Police Chief Paul Calvaruso, Akron, OH: Priority Police Dispatch Police Commander Drake Massey, Kern County, CA: Business Surveillance Paul Calvaruso was promoted on March 27, 2015 to Deputy Chief of the Akron Police Department. In 2013 Akron had a population of about 198,100. It is part of the Cleveland-Akron-Canton Combined Stastistical Area. Akron experienced over 9,200 property crimes and 1,300 violent crimes. An audience member asked Deputy Chief Calvaruso to briefly explain the prioritization process at the Akron Police Department. If an alarm was called in and declared verified, how did police dispatch handle the alarm? Deputy Chief Calvaruso said that if the ...read more>>
Police Security Video: Dallas-area Police Chief Enforced Importance of Remote Video Surveillance - Four police chiefs and commanders spoke on the importance of remote video surveillance video at the 2015 International Security Conference. They agreed that remote video surveillance led to both greater security and faster police response time. The panel - Law Enforcement Explains Priority Response and Verified Alarms was hosted by SDM, the leading security industry magazine. SDM reports video surveillance and other electronic security news for commercial, business, and residential markets. The police security presentation covered the following topics. Police Chief Chris Vinson, Highland Park (Dallas) TX: Remote Video Surveillance Commander Scott Edson, Los Angeles, CA: Wireless Surveillance System Credibility Deputy Police Chief Paul Calvaruso, Akron, OH: Priority Police Dispatch Police Commander Drake Massey, Kern County, CA: Business Surveillance Police Chief Chris Vinson represented Highland Park Police Department. Highland Park was an affluent area of the Dallas – Ft. Worth Metroplex. The most common crime reported was Property Crime while the second most common was theft. Highland Park’s crime rate was 43% lower compared to the national average. Vinson also served as the chairman for the Texas Police Chief’s Association Alarm Committee. He represented 1,900 law enforcement agencies that ranged in size. Some were as small as a one man ...read more>>
Verified Alarm Response - For many in the alarm industry a verified alarm simply prevents a needless dispatch to a false alarm. The term generates confusion between groups because of what they actually seek to verify — a crime or a false alarm. The same term is used in two different ways; sometimes broadly referring to false alarm reduction and sometimes narrowly referring to validating a crime-in-progress. False alarms are a huge industry problem. Cities deal with it in different ways but generally with fines that get expensive. There are some ways to reduce the error rate. But the problem is not the definition of verified alarm. It’s that alarms are an inadequate security measure for commercial businesses. In comparison live video monitoring security is verified by definition. A Stealth Monitoring operator can see unusual activity, activate an audible warning to deter thieves, and call the local police about live crimes in-progress. Stealth video surveillance can see criminals on the property outside before criminals would trip an alarm and before the crime happens. Police can be called sooner when surveillance operators see them (not after they trip the alarm inside the building) and with better response because it’s not a false alarm. The result ...read more>>

Live Surveillance Monitoring versus Security Guards

The Virtual Surveillance Advantage and Security Guards - Photo By anarchosyn | Flickr.com The guard industry is a multibillion dollar industry, and it is just a matter of time before technology supplements or replaces a lot of that labor expense. While on-site guards may be the most traditional form of security used to protect properties from theft or vandalism, many businesses are benefiting from utilizing a remote live video monitoring service like Stealth Monitoring. Three major differences are detailed below.   1. Even the well-trained security guard is only human and can only be in one place at a time. By strategically placing multiple cameras around your property, Stealth Monitoring can keep many areas under watch at once. Our team of highly trained, personnel then monitors multiple live video feeds at the premises from our control center with abilities to interact with speakers, lights, police dispatch, and customized instructions.   2. Guards onsite bring inherent liabilities as they handle situations that occur on the premises. Guards often go inside a tenant space which is typically not allowed and could be too aggressive or unqualified to handle serious situations as they escalate. Guards cannot arrest anyone without the police and can get injured while onsite dealing with a confrontation. ...read more>>
Verified Alarm Response - For many in the alarm industry a verified alarm simply prevents a needless dispatch to a false alarm. The term generates confusion between groups because of what they actually seek to verify — a crime or a false alarm. The same term is used in two different ways; sometimes broadly referring to false alarm reduction and sometimes narrowly referring to validating a crime-in-progress. False alarms are a huge industry problem. Cities deal with it in different ways but generally with fines that get expensive. There are some ways to reduce the error rate. But the problem is not the definition of verified alarm. It’s that alarms are an inadequate security measure for commercial businesses. In comparison live video monitoring security is verified by definition. A Stealth Monitoring operator can see unusual activity, activate an audible warning to deter thieves, and call the local police about live crimes in-progress. Stealth video surveillance can see criminals on the property outside before criminals would trip an alarm and before the crime happens. Police can be called sooner when surveillance operators see them (not after they trip the alarm inside the building) and with better response because it’s not a false alarm. The result ...read more>>
Who’s Watching Your Cameras? - Congratulations if you’ve already bought video cameras. Video surveillance is an important first step to protect your property. Are you maximizing their use as part of a full security solution? Recorded video only documents thefts and damage after the fact. It can’t be used to identify masked and hooded individuals. It does little to deter crimes in progress. If no one is monitoring your surveillance system, your cameras might as well be pieces of expensive furniture. Security guards can watch cameras late at night and weekends when you’re closed. But a guard is expensive and can only watch a few cameras at a time. Instead leverage your cameras with proactive live video monitoring from Stealth Monitoring. We can both integrate your existing cameras and add additional high-resolution megapixel IP cameras. We can consult with you to design a full network for optimal property coverage, including entrances, gates, fences, parking lots, roofs, and buildings. Whether we use your cameras, our cameras, or both, our trained monitoring staff can watch your assets and property when you’re not there. Stealth operators can activate speaker alarms and call the police when they see intruders … often before they cause any vandalism or theft. Plus ...read more>>