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4 Reasons Live Proactive Monitoring Is a Smart Investment

Posted by Chris O' Rourke on Feb 9, 2015

Proactive monitoring is an important for multifamily apartment assets. Apartment complexes are a very attractive target for today’s criminals and their victims. There’s also the large amount of car and foot traffic that increases the chances that criminals can get in and out without being noticed.

The crimes that occur in complexes range from burglaries to vandalism to assault, all of which are a concern for potential tenants. Increasingly renters are asking landlords about the safety and security of their buildings before signing on the dotted line. And, increasingly, tenants are aware of their right in most states to break their lease if they have legitimate safety concerns.

One way owners can help protect themselves and their tenants is with a proactive monitoring system. These systems can catch criminals in the act. They can also deter crime with visible signage that announces, “This property is protected by live proactive monitoring video surveillance.” For owners of apartment complexes, installing proactive monitoring systems represents a smart investment, one which can increase occupancy rates and tenant satisfaction and reduce property damage.

Here are 4 major benefits of a proactive monitoring system:

  1. Detecting thefts: Placing surveillance cameras throughout your complex will enable monitoring operators to see who’s in the complex at any time. Operators may view suspicious activity, like property being moved out of an apartment by individuals who shouldn’t be there. Surveillance cameras can record the perpetrator and in some cases even pick up the license plate number on his or her car, allowing police to quickly make an arrest.
  2. Reducing vandalism: Another common problem is vandalism, which can occur anywhere in your apartment complex, and which can mean a substantial cost for owners who have to replace damaged property. Installing surveillance cameras in all areas where vandalism is likely to occur can help catch vandals red-handed.
  3. Eliminating drug crime: It’s unusual for a tenant to have 10 to 20 visitors in a single day, each of whom stays for only 5 minutes. That kind of activity often points to drug dealing by one of your tenants. Surveillance cameras positioned at building entrances and in hallways can reveal an activity you certainly don’t want in your complex.
  4. Deterring crime: Surveillance cameras and accompanying signage can deter crime. If criminals have the choice between two complexes, one that announces the presence of live video surveillance and one that doesn’t, common sense dictates they’ll choose the one where their crime is less likely to be detected.

Installing a live surveillance system to monitor suspicious activity in your apartment complex represents a smart investment when you consider the financial benefits of higher occupancy rates and less property damage. The best providers of these systems will work with you to design a solution customized to your specific needs.

Stealth Monitoring is a proactive monitoring industry leader in live video surveillance with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime in cities in the U.S. and Canada while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth’s virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance Stealth operator can see unusual activity, activate a speaker warning to deter criminals, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information to protect your property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at a range of commercial businesses.