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What is a Virtual Guarding Service & How Does it Work?

Security is important at just about every business. Not only does it keep assets from being stolen, vandalized or damaged, but it also keeps staff, visitors, and everyone else on the site safe.

However, there are different levels of security, and some services are more effective than others. Remote virtual guarding is a powerful way to keep a location safe.

Virtual Guarding is Effective and Efficient

Virtual guarding involves using live monitored video cameras, two-way speakers, and other security tools to watch over a property remotely. The result is a system that is effective and easy to use while also being much less costly than several comparable options.

When a property is watched over by a virtual guarding service, trained security agents are monitoring the property 24/7. This not only means that they can see everything that happens, but they can also react to situations and respond to them in real-time, providing the property with effective and proactive security.

The Benefits of Proactive Security

In general, most security tools are either passive or active. Passive tools are those that only respond when a crime or other dangerous situation has already occurred. For example, a standard alarm system is a type of passive security. When a crime happens, such as when a window is broken or a door is opened, the alarm sounds. However, an alarm system doesn’t take any steps to prevent a crime from happening in the first place.

Criminals do costly damage during their crimes. Even if they don’t manage to steal anything, they still break down doors, smash windows, and cause other costly damage. If you wait until they’ve already entered your property before you react, you risk significant damage. Plus, criminals act fast, so there’s a good chance that they will be in and out of the property before anyone can respond to the alarm.

With remote virtual guarding, agents are watching over at all times, so they can spot suspicious activity as it develops and react before it turns into a crime. For instance, remote agents can spot someone who is hanging around outside your gates, looking for a way in. They can then communicate with the person directly using two-way speakers, letting them know that they are being watched and that the police will be called if they do not leave the scene.

Not only will criminals likely leave the property rather than risk arrest, but if police are called to a situation before a crime occurs, they have a much better chance of catching the criminals in the act. This protects your property and keeps your site much safer than if you were using a more passive form of security. 

Comparing Remote Virtual Guarding to Other Security Methods

There are several key advantages to virtual guarding when compared to other services. As mentioned, it is an active form of security, so it can prevent situations from turning into crimes. However, there are also many other benefits when compared to other types of security.

For instance, when a virtual guarding service is often compared to traditional on-site security guards, there are several ways that remote guards provide a level of service that often exceeds physical guards.

Live remote video monitoring is a powerful and cost-effective alternative to security guards.

For example, cameras can be positioned so that live remote monitoring agents can see everything that happens at a property at all times. Onsite guards are typically not able to see an entire property at once, even if many guards are present. Of course, with traditional guards, the more you hire, the greater the cost.

In addition, high-definition video cameras can capture footage in nearly all conditions, including low light situations and poor weather conditions such as rain. These situations are usually challenging for on-site guards. 

Virtual guarding can be used in a variety of different scenarios, including access control, parking management, and protocol enforcement. Since this service can be used in so many different ways, it can quickly become a very cost-effective option.

For more information on remote virtual guarding and how such a system can keep your property safe and secure from criminals, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We have years of experience in remote security and facility management and can help you find the right solution for your unique needs.