Does Your business need remote security?

To help you determine whether your business or even private property needs remote security, this article will be divided into four paragraphs that explores topics that should be taken into consideration before making a conclusion.

Firstly, what is remote security?
Remote surveillance systems
What do the statistics say?
Is it worth the investment?
Sources to check out.

What is remote security?

In this day and age of technology, it seems like everything in our lives has been incorporated into a small device in our pocket. Virtual security has been on the rise this last decade, helping families protect their homes and loved ones, along with helping business owners protect their assets. Remote security refers to systems that utilize video surveillance devices, manned by human guards who are off-site. This type of surveillance is much more effective than just Artificial Intelligence or just human surveillance. AI is consistent and precise when performing its tasks but can be faulty at times. Humans, on the other hand, may not be as precise but handle unexpected situations much better and can excel in their positions, which Artificial Intelligence lacks.

Nevertheless, artificial intelligence is used as a tool for our guards, not as a be-all and end-all.

Remote surveillance systems

There are various remote surveillance systems including a wide range of equipment depending on your individual needs. OHZ performs an on-site evaluation of your property. Upon final analysis, our expert team will install a security system or we will connect your existing system into our Security Operations Center, supported by an Artificial Intelligence network, ensuring there are no blind spots and complete functionality. Customized to your specifications: Procedures and security protocols are established and enacted.

What do the statistics say?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI crime reports:

  • In 2019, violent crime was down 0.5% from the 2018 number.
  • Property crimes also dropped 4.1%
  • The estimated number of aggravated assault offenses rose 1.3%
  • The volume of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter offenses increased by 0.3%.
  • Burglaries dropped 9.5%, larceny-thefts decreased 2.8%, and motor vehicle thefts were down 4.0%.

Throughout the United States, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen during the Coronavirus pandemic has been a decline in crime rates.

Professor David Abrams of economics at the University of Pennsylvania has been observing the rates across the United States, which you can check out at https://citycrimestats.com/covid/.

“Across almost all of the cities examined, crime fell a tremendous amount in the first month of the pandemic – with overall crime falling by over 22% relative to the average of the same time period in the previous 5 years.”

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise as most people have been staying at home, while businesses wait for proper reopening.

However, Professor Abrams found that car theft rose in certain cities such as Philadelphia.

“The change in car theft in Philadelphia is one of the most dramatic figures we have produced. There was a massive spike in car thefts in the city, where the rate after the pandemic hit was over 2.5 times as high as before. While car thefts quickly fell in early summer, incidents have started to pick back up over fall and remain at elevated levels. While nowhere near as dramatic, Austin, Denver, and LA also a saw significant rise in car theft, while Baltimore was the one city that saw a substantial decline.”

Some hope that this will resolve when most of the population will have taken the vaccine, unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case as many companies have plans to completely switch to working remotely.

While many business-owned properties, parking lots, and garages will wait for the world to return to normality, during this time thieves and burglars will use this as an opportunity to commit whatever crime they so please to commit. Something OHZ Security agents have noticed is that crime is definitely not staying at home.

Is it worth the investment?

We, at OHZ Security, understand that you may be feeling skeptical about the idea of putting your money into something so uncommon and new as remote security. But if it’s money you’re worried about, you should know, OHZ Security Monitoring is cost-effective. Cut 80% of your current security costs by choosing a more reliable form of protection for a fraction of the cost.

What if you need footage from a while ago or have a technical issue? You should know, OHZ has a dedicated support team ready to help 24/7.

What happens if someone breaks in? Our team will know before you do, the guards will take whatever actions are needed in that situation, such as using speakers to fend off the intruder or notify the police and provide as much information as possible.

OHZ Security doesn’t just monitor, we can also perform as a virtual doorman and allow or decline entry, so you’ll always know who and when is on your property.

Resources : https://www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/ucr/publications
https://citycrimestats.com/covid/