When thinking of security for private-sector facilities such as office buildings, industrial complexes, car dealerships, retail centers, etc., anti-theft measures have historically been the primary consideration. Increasingly, however, security professionals, business owners and the public have turned their attention to an even more ominous threat – the Active Shooter. Costly far beyond monetary terms, an Active Shooter event also takes an incalculable toll on human lives and peace-of-mind.
While this threat may seem far removed from our daily lives, in fact it has become such a concern that in 2014, the FBI conducted a study to:
"…provide federal, state, and local law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents."
The study (which excluded gang/drug violence) reports that the greatest percentage of incidents (45.6%) occurred in places of public business/commerce, took place in 40 different states, and left 1,043 killed or wounded, not including the shooters themselves – and as of the date of the report, at least 5 of the shooters remain at large. Furthermore, the frequency of such events more than doubled from 2000 to 2013.
Whether an event stems from an individual's workplace grievance, domestic issues, mental instability, or terrorism, a proactive approach that identifies possible threats before the situation escalates and a perpetrator even enters a facility can save lives. Proactive live video monitoring is one such approach.
Stealth Monitoring proactive live video surveillance can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. Live monitoring offers the ability for trained operators to view and report suspicious activity in real-time. When suspicious activity is seen by Stealth operators, an audible warning can be activated to deter the active shooter threat, and the local police can be contacted for fast response , often while the criminal is still on the property or even before a crime has been committed. Visual monitoring can follow suspects as they enter and move through a property. Stealth monitors can provide police with accurate information on suspect clothing, location, activity, weapons, and vehicles.
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