Motion sensors, CCTV cameras, alarm systems, and other surveillance tools have revolutionized how museums and valuable artworks are safeguarded. The question now is, are they enough? As groundbreaking as these technologies are, how effective are they without security guards? Read on to find out.
Motion sensors do not protect against careless visitors
Motion sensors are placed around artworks and they send out an alarm when someone is tampering with, say, a painting. While this protects the valuables from theft, it does little to safeguard them from careless visitors. For example, a group of young schoolchildren posed for a picture and one of them mistakenly leaned against the canvas. The alarm went off, but the damage was already done. With multiple guards manning each floor, the instance above can be easily prevented.
Surveillance footage alone is not enough
CCTV cameras can be programmed to provide 24/7 surveillance of every part of a museum. However, for the footage to be useful, a security guard needs to be in front of the display round-the-clock with other guards ready for quick deployment. Without constant scrutiny, recorded footage can only provide evidence after-the-fact, they cannot prevent theft or vandalism.
Every security system has loopholes
Even though human beings are not as efficient as technological systems, these systems also have loopholes. For example, a burglar was able to outsmart the security system at a popular museum by waiting until they were turned off when the cleaners were working. If that museum had combined surveillance systems with manned security guards, they could have avoided losing valuables worth millions of dollars.
Be it at a museum, a commercial building, or a shopping mall, surveillance systems are only as effective as the security guards that monitor them. For professional security services in Texas, contact Western Eagle Security at 281-496-6800.
Many people tend to assume security guards are only for the big events, like concerts or conventions. That’s false, because our security guards are trained for any kind of situation. While we’ve talked about personal security before, there are other areas that could benefit from having security present.
One of them is the office! If you work in finance, or with any kind of sensitive materials in general, it tends to put people at ease if they know there’s a visible security presence around. These security guards don’t have to sit in your office or anything either; they can take up residence in the main lobby and make sure nobody dangerous comes in. In this situation, they are quite literally the first line of defense.
Factory security guards operate under the same idea. Since a lot of factories are spread out, and therefore would make constant patrolling difficult, the most optimal security is usually done with camera work. It’s still a lot of monitoring, and decisions usually have to be made on the fly. Security guards would also keep an eye on the workers, and go over the appropriate safety measures in case of a threat.
It’s a sad reality, but many public schools these days do need security guards. Security guards working in schools do everything from making sure students are wearing ID badges to monitoring lunchtimes in the cafeteria to breaking up fights between students when they happen. This particular security job means being on alert the entire school day, including periods when there aren’t any students in the building. It can be somewhat intense, because there aren’t times when they can slip away to look at a camera, unlike the other two mentioned.
In any case, while concerts and conventions will likely always retain the highest need for security guards, it’s definitely possible to hire a security guard for any other kind of situation you find yourself in.
Western Eagle can provide security for any kind of setting – you name it. Whether it’s apartment complexes, schools, or even convention centers, our teams are ready for any property. What you may not know about us is that we also provide personal security. That is, we can go as general as walking around the perimeter of your property or as specific as bodyguard work. You might think that this is an extreme, but in today’s world, you can never be too careful.
Say, for instance, that you have a stalker. Before, these kind of people usually had to put a lot of work into finding out where the object of their affections lived. They literally had to stalk people from place to place. Now, with the advent of the internet, it’s very easy to google someone and find right away where they live. Suddenly, they just got a lot scarier, didn’t they? Rest assured, it’s just as easy and quick to get a security team out to your property and instruct them on who they absolutely cannot let onto the property. With the advent of the internet, security threats have gone up, but so has security protection.
The above example may seem extreme, but it does happen.
Facebook and other social media companies have actually advised people not to say that they’re going on vacation for whatever period of time online. Why? It’s because so many people have public profiles, and thieves can run a process where they look for people who say that they’re going on vacation. They now know where all the empty houses are, and to ignore any lights that might still be on. A good way to protect yourself against that? Get a security team to monitor your house while you’re away on vacation! Sure, you have a burglar alarm, but who wants to wake up to a call from the alarm company saying that there’s an issue in your house? You’d rather wake up to a call from Western Eagle saying that everything is under control, right?
Suddenly, personal protection doesn’t sound like a bad idea, right? It is important that you know how to take the smaller security steps, like keeping your personal information off the Internet and making sure your house has adequate locks and alarm systems. When you need something bigger though, call Western Eagle Security and sit down with us.