Physical vs. Virtual Guards
A physical security guard at your small business or job site is an integral asset to preventing crime. With boots on the ground, they can react quickly and prevent a theft or burglary. But, they can’t be everywhere at once. Let’s compare a physical guard to a virtual guard.
Unlike the physical security guard, a virtual security guard, stationed remotely and monitoring the premises through a series of cameras, can be anywhere a camera can see in an instant. They don’t have to chase after a potential criminal, struggling to remember the face and color of clothing. The camera captures all, and can follow the perpetrator out of the area. While they are tracking the potential criminal, they can call upon law enforcement in an instant. With an eyewitness to someone on the premises, law enforcement will respond faster.
Oftentimes, a security guard simply sits at his desk, reads a book, glances at a monitor, and periodically makes the rounds. Not so with a virtual guard. With multiple people looking at multiple monitors, your entire job site is secure 24/7, with no guard trying to read the last New York Times Bestseller. A virtual guard won’t fall asleep on the job, compromising security. With motion-sensing cameras, virtual guards know exactly where to look should something happen.
Virtual guards are already trained, unlike Joe Security Guard you just hired straight out of high school. You won’t need to train anyone; just hire the service and install cameras if you don’t already have coverage. They won’t blunder about or not know what to do when an interloper shows up.
With two-way radios and speakers on the cameras, virtual guards can interact with intruders, warning them off, rather than having to physically confront someone and possibly putting themselves in danger. They can easily verify if someone is authorized to make a delivery in the middle of the night, rather than the person scoping out the area.
For smaller businesses, the virtual guard can act as a second person when opening a store, fulfilling the insurance or company policy obligation required to start or end the business day – while still maintaining security all over the area. They can monitor someone walking to their car at night, or a lone employee in case they get hurt.
On top of this, they can act as a virtual gate guard. Rather than needing a guard shack at your gate, with a physical guard attached only to that post, just a camera and the gate itself are needed. They can monitor people and license plates easily.
Finally, and possibly most importantly, the cost. A typical physical guard costs about $12/hour average, or about $105,000 each year. A virtual guard, on average, costs ¼ of that, despite being in multiple places at once.
While there are pros to having a person physically guarding your small business, a virtual guard is faster and can be in more than one place at a time – or instantly be across the job site from where they were looking a second ago. You won’t find a virtual guard asleep at their post or more concerned with their crossword puzzle than patrolling the perimeter. All of this for a cheaper cost means the positive aspects of a virtual, off-site guard outweigh an on-site guard.