How Remote Guarding Is Protecting Law Enforcement and Disrupting Crime

This advanced, proactive approach helps officers to increase productivity, apprehensions and safety.  

 

By Scott Goldfine

 

The collaboration between public safety and security in the 21st century is a rapidly changing and evolving space. It can leave us in the dust, scrambling to keep up with its many developments. Recently, disruptive technological innovations in security services are helping advance the entire industry and simultaneously impacting the field of law enforcement in impressive ways. 

 

This article explores the security industry’s most promising innovation, remote guarding, and the incredible impact it is having on law enforcement.


What Is Remote Guarding?
Remote guarding represents the Internet of Things (IoT) coming to the security industry. Smart devices can now be remotely managed by highly trained agents to provide unmatched command and control over the security of any facility.

 

Smart cameras are video cameras turned into “digital guards” by military-grade software. Remote guarding companies install them at a facility to monitor activity without onsite human intervention. Smart cameras can detect the presence of individuals or vehicles and report in real-time to live remote agents for assessment and engagement. 

 

These cameras turned digital guards act as the first line of defense, working together to create a “digital fence” that protects against perimeter intrusions. Detection zones can also be placed indoors to safeguard places like correctional facilities and beyond.

Once a “threat” is detected by a digital guard, it sends an alert to a command center where security agents can investigate what the camera sees, all within seconds and in real-time. From there a variety of responses are deployed, such as:

 

  • Voice-downs with adjacent P.A. systems, engaging intruders directly and prompting them to leave
  • Calling law enforcement and enhancing officer safety by guiding them through the event step by step

 

Helping Law Enforcement Focus on Real Crime
Essentially, remote guarding is doing the work to manage security issues when a fully trained police officer is not required. Impressively, this helps reduce false alarms to zero. Thanks to remote guarding, law enforcement agencies can reallocate police officers to real crimes, resulting in force multiplication of their existing officers.

 

Skateboarders, transients, graffiti and illegal dumping are minor crimes that all municipalities must spend their valuable resources fighting against. Unfortunately, police response to minor crime has diminished in recent years due to limited resources and budgetary constraints. The more time that police officers spend responding to false and minor crime, the less time they have available for addressing real criminal activity. This situation has a ripple effect on communities by greatly lowering their quality of life and leaving the door open to more crime in the future.

Remote guarding takes on these lower priority responsibilities for any facility at which it is deployed, whether by a private client, directly by law enforcement or other public safety impacting entities. By working together, remote guarding elements, like digital guard technology and remote security agents, deter crime before it starts and only result in a police call when truly required. These activities significantly save time, money and energy for law enforcement departments so they can use their resources to address more serious issues.

 

Working With Law Enforcement to End Crime
Remote guarding effectively offers security solutions that “take ownership” of such problems. Instead of just observing, reporting and passing the problem to law enforcement, this security service takes a proactive approach to solving crime in many ways, such as:

 

  • Stopping false alarms
  • Engaging criminals through A/V systems to get them to leave without police intervention
  • Serving as a trained live eyewitness to crimes in progress for police response when needed
  • Enhancing officer safety by providing A/V tactical support throughout an event
  • Providing effective investigation and prosecution support for the resolution of crime by providing both audio and visual recordings of the event

 

Remote guarding provides many benefits to help make law enforcement more effective, while helping maximize and extend their limited resources. Collaborations between the security industry and law enforcement are the key to maximizing how big of an impact remote guarding can make in our communities. Law enforcement can recommend remote guarding as a solution that should be investigated, as well as deploying it directly for any officers currently working as security guards.

As technological innovations continue to rise, it is essential law enforcement and remote guarding service providers — such as market leader Elite Interactive Solutions — join forces to maximize effectiveness, resources and crime prevention for the betterment of communities nationwide.

 

About the Author: Elite Interactive Solutions (eliteisi.com) Marketing Director Scott Goldfine is an Industry Hall of Famer with more than 25 years of security technology and business experience. He can be reached at sgoldfine@eliteisi.com.

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