What Is Virtual Security Exactly?
No, it’s not robots and autonomous drones (just yet) — virtual security solutions are a way to leverage the intelligence and adaptability of trained security staff without paying for full-time, on-site guards. They’re a way to augment existing security features and make them more effective at identifying potential risks and catching criminals in the act. Think of it like this: Visibility and surveillance are critical in crime prevention because they make it clear to criminals that their actions won’t go unnoticed. Surveillance falls into three categories: Natural, informal and formal. Natural surveillance focuses on improving line-of-sight around your business by adding new light fixtures, trimming large trees and limiting the number of “blind spots” where criminals can hide undetected, while informal surveillance relies on employee observation and the goodwill of neighboring residents to report suspicious activity. Formal surveillance focuses on the use of trained security staff, alarm systems and HD cameras. The problem? Paying for full-time security staff is expensive, while leveraging night-shift employees to boost security comes with corporate liability. Virtual security surveillance systems provide human coverage at a distance; trained staff able to observe and interact with security solutions as necessary to improve total protection.