Many businesses use alarm and video monitoring services to protect their premises, personnel and visitors. Their owners and managers recognize that by proactively deploying a monitoring service, they can realize a number of benefits, including:
- Prevent theft
- Identify vandals
- Protect valuable inventory
- Deter crime
- Reduce insurance costs
- Minimize liability risk
- Prevent unauthorized entry
- Reject fraudulent claims
- Secure restricted areas
Monitoring Services Are Not All The Same
What many organizations may not realize is that there is a significant difference between providers. The best alarm and video monitoring companies can go beyond standard services. Even with a comparatively higher monthly fee, you may find that you save money by partnering with a premium provider.
Reduce or Eliminate Your Security Personnel Budget
Traditional security officers can be a heavy financial burden for business owners. However, it is far too risky to leave your premises unwatched at times. It can even be a compliance issue for some highly regulated industries.
Working with a monitoring service provider who offers the newest technology changes that paradigm. With proactive video monitoring, you have the eyes of trained security professionals on every part of your facility, 24/7, with as many cameras as you need to cover the premises.
Experienced intervention specialists can see if an incident is beginning to emerge, and will immediately intercede via audio. They can speak to the perpetrators, warn them and potentially stop them in their tracks, before any damage is done. If needed, they can also dispatch authorities and even guide them in apprehending the suspect.
Take a look at this cost comparison between security guards and video monitoring:
Two Ways To Reduce False Alarm Dispatches
Monitored alarms set to dispatch police or fire can be life saving in many cases. However, false alarms and their subsequent dispatches can rapidly become costly, as many municipalities charge a fee or fine for false alarm dispatches.
The newer technology offered by the best alarm monitoring services is a significant advantage in minimizing this issue. Here are two ways this can help:
1. Smartphone alarm app
With a simple app, you can verify or cancel alarm events directly from your smartphone.
Here’s how it works: when an alarm event occurs, you can receive a text message allowing you to discreetly choose how to proceed. You won’t ever have to hurry to call customer service, and you can say goodbye to fees from unneeded dispatches.
2. Event confirmation via PVM (Proactive Video Monitoring)
Proactive video monitoring technology also makes it possible to identify if an alarm was accidentally triggered or if an actual crime is in progress. Trained intervention specialists will assess the area where an alarm originated to determine if a crime is occurring. A false alarm doesn’t have to mean that business stops while you wait for law enforcement or guards to arrive. If there is a true incident emerging, these trained intervention specialists can intervene, mitigate and de-escalate the crime before it happens as well as notify authorities how to best respond to the event.
False alarms can cause anxiety for business owners and employees. Even worse, they can result in tangible costs from lost business and false alarm fines. Smartphone alarm apps and Proactive Video Monitoring are two ways you can reduce false alarms as well as detect and deter crime before it occurs.
Alarm and video monitoring can be a lifesaving service. Making the right choice in provider can deliver significant savings, even if the service itself has a higher monthly cost. You can have the best of both worlds – long-term cost savings and the best alarm and video monitoring money can buy. Contact us to learn more about how choosing NMC as your alarm monitoring provider can benefit your business.