Your Guide to Security Guards vs Computer Surveillance
Technology is evolving day by day and minute by minute. Whether you’re at home or at work, everyone wants to ensure that they are doing everything in their power to maintain the safest environment possible. The technological evolution has led to the question of whether or not security guards can or should be replaced by electronic security. In order to answer this question one must first examine the costs and benefits associated with each. An informed decision is always the best decision.
In order to begin to contemplate computer-based security systems, one must first identify whether or not the infrastructure necessary to install such a system is in place. If the infrastructure does not already exist, creating the infrastructure could be a costly undertaking and should be considered prior to making the decision. Computer-based security is not something that can function in isolation– there must be an employee or employees that know how to manage the system and create applications if necessary to meet the changing needs of the organization. Computer-based security systems must be monitored consistently in order to work most effectively.
Choosing a computer may potentially reduce costs associated with hiring a staff that requires salary and benefits; however, they are not a fill in the blank replacement for their human counter parts. Computers, although not human, do malfunction from time to time. Computers also need scheduled maintenance and updates in order to function consistently. While computer based security systems are efficient and effective at notifying law enforcement and other stakeholders of concerns in a timely manner– they can still be vulnerable to viruses and even human tampering.
All things considered, when deciding whether or not to go with a computer based security system or an on premise security guard the decision should revolve around what is best for you and the specific needs of your organization. It seems that the best decision would be a combination of both worlds — an on premise security guard aided by a computer-based security system. Together they form the ideal– the security guard and the computer-based security system are able to have all the hands and eyes on deck while providing accountability and security for all stakeholders.
Choosing the right system for you doesn’t have to be a decision you make on your own. If you would like to consult with an ORNA. Security specialist to discuss what decision is the best fit for your organization feel free to call today at 305.945.0222. Click here to learn more about Security Guards vs Computer Surveillance.