Let’s get this out of the way first remote CCTV monitoring is an excellent way of monitoring a number of site premises. Intruder alarms act as a deterrent, they cannot monitor or record those unlawfully gaining access to sites. CCTV monitoring is. Given the monetary benefits, flexibility and reliability offered by CCTV monitoring the argument for choosing remote monitoring is one that cannot be ignored.

Remote Monitoring vs. Intruder Alarms

Equipping your premises with an alarm is a basic security measure. Did you know in times past as many as ninety percent of alarms sounded are false? Responding to each of these alarms puts a large strain on resources. This astounding figure has dropped somewhat recently, however the figure is still high enough to cause very real concerns for police forces across the UK.

Remote monitoring CCTV surveillance provides visual confirmation whenever any alarm is activated. Given that incidents are visually confirmed the emergency services have benefitted from a zero point false alarm rate. The strain on police forces across the UK has been lifted.

All CCTV systems must comply with BS8418 standards and the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) are only to issue URNs (unique reference numbers) to CCTV systems that comply with such standards. Should you not hold such accreditations them the police force are unlikely to respond as timely as those that are accredited.

Remote Monitoring vs. Manned Guarding Solutions

Manned guards are an effective deterrent to any potential intruders. However, one of the fundamental drawbacks of manned guarding is quite simple; there will be windows of opportunity for intruders to strike. Patrolmen cannot have their eyes on all of the building at all times.

If patrols aren’t sufficient then manned guards can also provide a vital service. The advantage of manned guards is that there will be a constant visual presence on site. The obvious drawback is the cost. Permanently employing security staff comes at a significant expense. It’s always advised to choose experienced and fully trained security staff. This can set you back as much as £35,000 per annum.

Remote Monitoring vs. Continually Recording CCTV

The continuously recording 24/7 CCTV camera is one option. The video can be viewed at a later date and effective in identifying a perpetrator after a crime has been committed. As a deterrent, continually monitoring does have its limitations. Unlike an alarm, and without clear signposted indications that this premises is being watched, there is little chance continuous monitoring will prevent a crime being committed, though it may well lead to prosecution.

As you can see there are definite merits for different security measures. CCTV monitoring can deter any unwanted intrusion and protect your premises. And therefore for peace of mind and security, CCTV should always be deployed in some form.