Each time the phrase “security system” is mentioned, what comes to most people’s heads is a series of TV screens that show live feed from different parts of a building. We’re sure you just imagined it in your head too!
CCTVs have become a staple in most offices, commercial buildings and residential societies. However, how many of us are aware that CCTVs alone are incompetent to provide security?
Ideally, a security system should be composed of equipment and manpower that can collective detect and prevent crime, while also creating a record of the incidents that occurred.
Here’s Why CCTVs Alone Are Inefficient
We’re sure you already understand this fact, but make sure that the point sinks through, here’s detailing why we say so.
1. Can’t stop a crime in progress
CCTVs simply provide you with live video feed. Unless the cameras can sprout hands and legs to jump into immediate action, a crime in progress cannot be prevented. Or, there should be someone sitting glued to the numerous TV screens at all times.
2. It can be easily cheated
Someone in a Burqa or even a cap or hooded T-shirt can get away with sneaking around. CCTVs do not have X-ray vision to see through clothing or helmets.
3. They are easy to break
Many crimes have been recorded where the CCTV cameras at the site were broken badly. For criminals, it would be an added shroud of anonymity if along with wearing protective clothing they also broke the cameras. That way, no video recording of the crime would be available.
4. They don’t raise alarms
Most CCTV systems do not alert officials or even people when suspicious activities are spotted. They will simply continue to record and/or live stream. Not very effective, especially when there are fires or similar hazards breaking out.
5. They are not pocket-friendly either
The kinds that simply record are fairly inexpensive, but the ones that use Wi-Fi to broadcast are not exactly budget friendly. They also use up a lot of Internet which could be an added expense. And then there’s the fact that they become totally useless if the internet fails.
So What’s The Alternative?
CCTVs are not entirely useless. They are a vital part of security systems. It is just that such systems should include a few other elements too. CCTVs are effective crime deterrents in some cases because their very presence makes people reconsider the idea of committing a crime. Of course, that isn’t always the case. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and so are the criminals using it. These days we even have network jammers that can block EM signals in a certain range.
CCTVs can never be replaced neither can they be ignored. What we can do is to create a system that is more comprehensive of today’s security needs.
A More Efficient Solution
What we really need is a video monitoring system that is combined with a feature to raise alarms and has manual guards to take immediate action while being solidly backed by technology.
The ADDA GateKeeper is a groundbreaking tablet-based security system that behaves like the security nerve center of your entire apartment complex. Here are the benefits of this system.
- The security guards at the gate get to track every visitor, every vehicle and every staff that enters the compound.
- Residents receive notifications of each visitor checking into the compound with the intention of paying them a visit.
- Guards capture photographs and verify ID cards submitted by visitors.
- If a staff is caught doing something unusual or criminal, he/she can be blacklisted and prevented from ever entering the gates of the society.
- To top it off, the ADDA GateKeeper comes with a panic alert button which sounds a loud alarm alerting the security guard and also two safety contacts of the resident’s choice.
Many complexes from across the country depend on the ADDA GateKeeper for all their apartment security needs.