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Virtual Security Service Versus Guard

Posted by Amy Hite on Nov 27, 2016

Property owners have a choice between a virtual security service and an on-site security guard. Many businesses and property managers have found that virtual surveillance is a superior solution for their shopping center, office building, flex space, warehouse, or industrial property. They have replaced traditional property security guards with live video monitoring. There are multiple benefits to using virtual surveillance. Outsourced services can be more reliable, offer more coverage, be more affordable, and have less liability compared to security guards and patrols.


A virtual security service is more reliable than an on-site security guard. An on-site security guard could be distracted by their cell phone or other activity. The security guard in this video took a nap while on duty. Sometimes a security guard may be impacted by life’s inconveniences. An on-site security guard may be late for their shift because of traffic. A security guard may also miss their shift if they are sick. It can be difficult to find a replacement security guard at the last minute.

A remote live security service typically has supervisors and multiple operators on duty to ensure proper coverage, including when individuals need a break or don’t come in.

Better Coverage

An on-site security guard can only be in one place at a time. A virtual security service can watch multiple surveillance cameras at once and better detect movement and suspicious activity throughout a large or spread out property with multiple trouble points. Plus a surveillance control center can take advantage of the latest technology not typically available to on-site security patrols and guards such as video analytics that enable operators to see more cameras with better vision.


The average cost of a security guard is between $19,000 and $35,100 annually. Some of the more experienced guards or off-duty police officers will cost more. This does not include the necessary equipment and contract fees.

A virtual security service is more affordable. Stealth Monitoring remove surveillance can cost up to 80% less than an on-site security guard.

Less Liability

Security guards are a liability risk. They may use excessive force or cause theft or crime themselves. They also can be hurt or killed by intruders. While security guards face the same risks as police officers, they don’t have the training, back-up, or weapons to engage criminals who may be armed.

A virtual security service can remotely assess a situation without putting anyone in danger. A trained security operator can watch your property and contact local police who can properly deal with criminals.

Stealth Monitoring is a proactive security industry leader in live video surveillance with over 15,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Stealth proactive video monitoring can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator can see unusual activity in real-time with security cameras, activate a speaker warning to deter the thieves, and call the local police.

Please contact Stealth today for virtual security service to protect your commercial property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at a range of businesses.