When it comes to securing your business premises, you have two options to choose from:
1. Security Guard
For decades, businesses have been kept secure by a security guard who prowls the exterior perimeter. With a torch in hand and a keen eye for details, a business was protected for as long as the guard was on duty.
Nowadays, you’re far more likely to see security measures that are rooted in technology rather than an eagle-eyed individual. Security cameras can be installed at any locations a business feels is vulnerable, and can be monitored from a central room that acts as an all-seeing eye.
It would be easy to conclude that in this battle, technology is always going to win, and you should invest heavily in tech if you want to ensure your business is safe– but is this necessarily the case? Let’s examine both options in detail, so you can make the right decision for your company…
3. Cost Considerations
If you hire a security guard, then this an ongoing cost– you have to pay their wages, as well as provide coverage for various workplace benefits, such as illness cover and personal days.
Technology tends to be far more expensive as an upfront cost than hiring people, as you have to buy the system you want to install. Admittedly, you can mitigate this cost by hunting down coupons for Reolink and other security system providers, but it’s still a larger upfront expense than hiring a guard. However, long term, the cost of running technology is relatively small; occasional maintenance and electricity usage should suffice. Do remember, though: If you are going to hire a guard to oversee the cameras, your costs will increase further.
Technology wins this round, but only if you are going to monitor the cameras yourself and/or spread the duty between existing members of staff. If you’re still going to hire a specific guard, then it’s more of a draw.
4. Wondering About Worth
A security guard can only be in one place at any time; if you don’t have cameras covering the other parts of the building, areas outside of the guard’s view will be vulnerable.
It is worth noting that the presence of a security guard is more likely to deter intruders than a simple camera. Thieves don’t have to “overcome” a camera; they are likely to be more reticent when confronted by an actual person.
Technology is inherently useful and can be worth the expense, especially if the footage you capture is used to secure a conviction.
However, cameras and alarms cannot intervene in developing situations. Some alarm systems will notify the police, but this is not the same as having a presence on site.
In terms of worth, it very much depends on what you’re trying to achieve. If you want a security system that acts primarily as a deterrent, cameras are your best bet. If, however, you want a security presence that can actively intervene in situations, then a security guard will provide more worth and value to your company.
5. One Final Thought
After reading through the above, it is obvious that this matter is not people versus technology at all.
The best methods of protecting your company involve a use of both people and technology. Ideally, a security guard who can monitor cameras, but then mobilise to an area of concern to see off intruders or call the police. Yes, this is the expensive choice, but you have to ask yourself what it would cost to go without. Compared to the cost of recovering from theft or severe damage to your premises, combining security technology with a physical presence might be your best bet.