The Security Revolution
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. In this article, we will explore 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 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: To engage intruders directly & and get them to leave
- Calling law enforcement and enhancing officer safety by guiding them through the event step by step
Handling Nuisances so Law Enforcement Can Focus on Real Crime
Essentially, Remote Guarding is doing the manages 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 result 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 AV systems to get them to leave without police intervention
- Serving as a trained live eye-witnesses to crimes in progress for police response when needed
- Enhancing officer safety by providing AV 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 is providing 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 that we continue to work with Remote Guarding service providers for the betterment of our communities. In doing so, we will be securing a better quality of life for our children and our communities.
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