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The Benefits of Using a Reputable Security Alarm Monitoring Service

With high rates of crime many people want to safeguard their family and protect property. As a result, both businesses and households often see the need to install an alarm system. They may research the security system options themselves and have a system installed. But many overlook the most crucial component of the security system – security alarm monitoring. Having the ability of the security alarm monitoring service watch over the house adds a level of crisis management that simply does not occur when no one is home.

In addition, the security alarm monitoring service provides other valuable services that include:

Alarms for Quick Burglar Response

Burglar alarm

Burglar alarm

One of the most basic benefits of the security alarm monitoring service is the quick response to an actual alarm event. Even though home security systems are extremely efficient, they typically only provide lights and sirens during a burglary or break-in. In fact, the downside of not using a monitoring service is the reliance on bystanders and witnesses to alert authorities anytime a break-in occurs.

Quite often, a burglar will have sufficient time to take anything in the home they want, when no-one is home, because no one in the community is alerting the authorities. Alternatively, a monitoring service can immediately send a signal to law enforcement, the instant the alarms are activated. In addition, the monitoring company can determine whether the tripped alarm was a false signal. This reduces owner liability, minimizing the penalties from law enforcement for generating a false alarm.

Fire Alarm Emergency Response

Even the most basic monitoring service plans for home security include monitoring for fires using the alarm system. When fire and smoke occurs, the system sets off a fire alarm, by identifying a high level of carbon monoxide, or recognizing a tripped water sprinkling system. The monitoring service instantly alerts fire stations and law enforcement to send equipment and fire-fighters, to save individuals trapped in the fire. Every year, the security system feature saves thousands of individuals’ lives.

Crisis Management Alarm or Panic Button

In many incidences, occupants inside the house during a burglary or break-in often panic and mishandle the ongoing crisis. Fortunately, monitoring service companies can instantly notify law enforcement or even their own security patrols and provide reassurance to the household occupants that assistance is on the way. This offers every member of the household peace of mind knowing they are never truly alone when in the home.

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Selecting the Best Alarm Monitoring Service in Auckland

For Kiwis living in Auckland, there are numerous security companies to consider. However, there is an easy way to ensure that you are selecting the best alarm monitoring service, to provide crisis management along with quick emergency and fire response.

  • Determine the amount of budget the household or business can spend on an alarm monitoring system.
  • Make contact with a minimum of three home security companies to acquire bids, estimates and quotes.
  • Ask for business references of every company providing a quote.
  • Consider both the efficiency and reliability of the monitoring service.
  • Visit the monitoring station and observe the operation.
  • Gather important information concerning support plans, warranties, agreement length, management agreements and alarm reaction time along with options for buying or leasing security equipment.
  • Ask if demo equipment is available prior to making the purchase.
  • Ask if equipment features are easily tailored to your household needs.
  • Be sure to inquire about additional features including fire detectors, smoke detectors and panic buttons besides the alarm monitoring.
  • Negotiate the terms of the contract. Many companies are flexible and ready to provide the service you need based on your specific requirements.

While no business or household should ever discount the value of a traditional alarm system, it is important to add the monitoring services well. It offers significant benefits to every member of the house, and can protect the structure, even when household members are home. It does not rely on witnesses and bystanders and place the safety of occupants and possessions in the hands of others who might not care.

As a starting point you might want to check out this alarm monitoring company. They have a full service operation including consultation, installation, servicing and monitoring. They can provide security alarms for residential or commercial purposes. The website has more details.

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CCTV Surveillance Systems Help to Reduce Crimes

When an area needs high security it is almost certain, that CCTV security camera systems will be in use. They are relatively inexpensive, when compared to the high costs of manning the area, and can provide vital information at all times

CCTV  Security Systems Help Security

CCTV security systems are very commonly used in airports, casinos, banks, supermarkets and other areas that may be prone to theft and other crimes. They are also very extensively to increase security for residential complexes, commercial establishments and in factories, warehouses, public areas and of course retail premises to prevent shoplifting.

Closed circuit television security systems are becoming more and more sophisticated, leading to their being increasingly used to reduce the incidence of crime. These systems can be easily monitored from a central control point. Vast areas can be covered thus reducing the need for security personnel. They act as a deterrent and do add to the feeling of safety for the common man.

Do They Intrude on Privacy?

There is a big debate in place that considers the use of CCTV security systems as an intrusion on people’s privacy.  It is estimated that an average person in a city that makes extensive use of these systems is watched at least 300 times every day.  But statistics have proved that money is saved on police forces, because of the ease of surveillance, and the consequent reduction in crime can only lead to savings in court and other legal costs.

The same argument applies when companies install CCTV systems to protect their property, their merchandise and their staff. Shoplifting is a very expensive issue for retailers. It is estimated that shoplifting in NZ costs retailers around $1bn a year. Obviously, the argument of privacy against such a huge loss becomes less clear.

On top of that, around half of all crimes committed against companies are perpetrated by employees. These include not only stealing money or goods but data theft and procurement fraud.  This 2014 report by PwC has more details. So again, installing CCTV surveillance cameras in the workplace becomes a string argument.

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The use of CCTV security camera systems has also led to faster response time from the police, as it has helped to easily identify crime scenes, and in some cases has led to police responding to crimes without any calls to their systems from the public. It is easier for the right number of police and security personnel to be deployed, as pictures from the scene give sufficient information to make such judgments. CCTV systems in areas surrounding crimes scenes are being increasingly useful to spot fleeing criminals and identify their vehicles, and zero in on likely witnesses.

Again a similar situation applies with privately operated surveillance cameras. Many security camera operators have links to mobile security companies while a handful also has their own mobile response units.

 

Are They Foolproof?

CCTV security systems can never be foolproof although wireless and digital systems are much more reliable than older analogue systems. Another impediment for some companies is that costs often deter commercial establishments and others from having a full deployment of security cameras which ensure that their systems cover every part of the area at all times. This is limited by camera angles, light, range and speed, and technically proficient criminals make thorough studies of installed systems so they can determine the window of opportunity when they will remain undetected by the system.

It is only when evaluations are conducted over long periods of time that inconsistencies come to the fore and can then be properly addressed. Operators who man the monitors used with these systems also need to be properly trained and their work appraised. The work is tedious and demanding.

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The installation of such systems needs to be done in all secrecy, as the public knowledge of their installation can lead to their being circumvented. All the same, it is found that a simple warning that areas are under CCTV surveillance has led to reduction in shoplifting in supermarkets. The miniaturisation of systems has led to surveillance cameras being almost unobtrusive and not easily detected. This has helped to increase safety and security.

CCTV security systems for commercial uses have greatly helped to deter crime, and their use can only increase as the benefits from using them become more apparent. You can get some information on an Auckland-based CCTV security company here.

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Tips to pick a security guard service

A security guard service should be at the top of their game when you hire them for your particular need for security.

The best security guards are the ones who have undergone the best and most rigorous training. It is only by the best and most thorough training will they be up to speed and have the knowledge so that they will do the best possible job for you. You will need to check and be sure that they have the proper licensing and certifications before you hire them. Here is some background on how to get a security license from the trade organisation.

Experience is another thing that you will need to investigate. An experienced security guard will know what to do, no matter what the circumstances. There is no substitute for experience. Training will give a guard the knowledge of what to do, but experience will let you know that the security guard will do the necessary tasks that bring about results.

Honesty is a very important attribute that must be present in a security guard situation. If you put someone in charge of sensitive areas of your business or organization, you must be sure that your can trust them. This will eliminate any worries about any breaches, handling confidential information, and you will know that there will be no inside jobs or problems.

Common sense is an attribute that cannot be taught. It is applied when situations seem to happen in strange ways. Even though a security guard has certain rules and procedures, there are times when pure common sense says that something different is happening and common sense will prevail.

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The security service is expected to work as a team. Their training does not allow for any egos to take over, it must remain a team effort. Everybody has a specific job to do, and if it is done well, the a successful outcome will be the result. The ability to lead where that is what the situation calls for, and then the ability to follow, when the role calls for that is important, because it is the overall result that is important. One person cannot be everywhere at once, and that is why the team approach is so important.

Good security personnel must take pride in their work. They are at the point when it comes to safeguarding the area to which they are assigned, and even though the work is sometimes difficult from the standpoint of long hours of watching and waiting, it must be done professionally and with anticipation of accomplishment.

Communication skills are very important because there are times when articulation of an event in progress must be given with enough accuracy that the rest of the team can properly react and neutralize a situation. Communication is also an important factor when working with others, such as the client and the public.

Physical fitness is very important, as the security guard may be asked from time to time to be physically reliable in chasing after someone, to defend oneself, and be in a physically demanding environment.

Putting a strong concern for others and maintaining a strong concern for human life is another very important trait to have. Many times a security guard will carry a weapon, and he or she must always be cognizant of the responsibility that it calls for to be in that position.

Overall, these factors are covered in interviews with prospective security companies and in the analysis of their active personnel. Referrals from other clients of a security company should be mandatory before hiring any one company. The experiences of another client should weigh heavily upon any decision to hire on a new security company.

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With this information you are now able to look for a security firm to handle your security issues.  You should feel confident that you will be able to make a wise choice and not experience any major service problems. There are though many security firms to choose from so another filter is their ability to provide a broad range of services besides security guards and patrols. Do they have alarm services, alarm monitoring, high-tech infrastructure and communications to support all of those services?

One of the few NZ security firms that do provide all of these offerings is Global Security. They can be found here on this site. Take a look around and get a feel for the level of investment they have. You will feel confident about choosing them as s security guard service.

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