Live video monitoring one of the most effective solutions in the electronic security toolset. When used correctly, cameras can deter crime, detect problems and provide ironclad evidence.
The additional benefit of a live video monitoring system is the positive effect on profitability. If loss prevention is a top goal at your establishment, real-time video analytics can assist.
In the recent past, video monitoring was limited to recording footage for future review. With modern video systems and online access, events can be reviewed as they happen, not after the fact. It essentially means that when an alarm occurs at your business, a video clip accompanies it for verification.
There is a big difference between professionally monitored business systems and consumer-grade video that must be self-monitored. It is the job of a well-trained ADS operator to review the video alert at our central monitoring station.
Video Verification is the pairing of alarm notifications with live security video clips of whatever caused the alarm. It allows central monitoring station operators to see what activates the alarm, verifying whether there is actual criminal activity or a false alarm. At the same time, business owners get a notification if an intruder is detected.
That’s right. Video Verification lets operators catch burglars in the act and deploy police officers to the site while the crime is in progress.
A promising prospect, given the impact, both financial and emotional, a burglary can have on business.
Priority response means police or fire arrive at the scene of a crime faster. Alarms combined with video alerts meet this standard for this type of response. Businesses without alarms are more likely to be burglarized than those that do have them. But even an excellent alarm system won’t always stop the most tenacious burglars from trying.
The good news is, business security systems that protect retail, dealerships, schools, warehouses, construction sites, mom and pop shops, residences, and more, are evolving. And modern technology is leading to higher apprehension rates, fewer false alarms, and more comprehensive protection.
How Video Verification works
Video verification makes security systems more efficient and effective, but it’s still relatively unknown to many business owners.
Central monitoring station operators can then see the footage right away and determine whether the trigger is a false alarm or worthy of a police dispatch. Conventional alarm systems might detect the tripping of an alarm sensor, but they can’t confirm the cause.
With more information at their disposal, law enforcement and alarm owners can implement a safer plan of action when an alarm is activated, and that’s where video verification comes in.
Why are video alarms so valuable?
Our monitoring center checks video alarms. Once verified, we will contact the authorities to report a crime in progress. This blend of tech and expertise brings better protection for your business. Businesses paying for monitored alarm systems want the fastest police response available.
But in areas with a high false alarm rate, some law enforcement agencies employ a Verified Response Protocol. Without confirmation of an actual crime, authorities may not dispatch to your property.
However, a video verified alarm system allows station dispatchers to confirm via video while a break-in is in progress. They are reducing costly false alarms regarding cost and precious response time from authorities.
A priority response means more arrests for police and less success for burglars. Video verification systems also capture video before, during, and after a break-in. This feature provides valuable evidence and real-time information for police.
Meanwhile, central monitoring station operators can monitor video silently and alert police without ever letting the intruder know that they’re in for trouble. According to the PPVAR, alarms that can verify as crimes in progress have police immediately sent to the scene.
- Faster Response- Real-time id of crimes gets a higher-priority response with police and fire.
- Reduce False Alarms – Video alarms can help id false alarm causes. They also reduce the chances of fees from false alarms.
- Meet Regulations – Police dispatch requires verification in certain areas—future proof your system by meeting these guidelines.
- Around-the-Clock Operator Support – As with any security system from ADS, highly-trained personnel monitor subscriber accounts from our Central Station in Aurora, Illinois, 24/7/365.
Learn more about advanced video monitoring
Today’s alarm systems must work even harder to stop burglars. Video verification, in tandem with a local, expert monitoring and response team, is the most powerful strategy you can have for protecting your business from theft.
Our expert team can evaluate your current video solution to see if it is compatible with video verification. Often the answer is more affordable than you might realize because our team can reuse much of the existing infrastructure.
Learn more about how advanced video monitoring can work for your business.
About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Alarm Detection Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in the country. Family-owned since 1968, we provide business alarms, fire alarms, card access, security cameras, and home security systems. Proudly servicing Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin in the Midwest. Call us at 630.844.6300 for more information.