From time to time, we get some interesting video from our monitored video systems. This was a group of Turkey’s walking by a site we monitor. Follow the link to view it, Turkey.
A local radio station was hit multiple times by copper thieves, once even taking them off the air. Titan Protection installed a Videofied, video verified alarm system, consisting of wireless and battery powered motion activated cameras. Anytime a person is detected within the cameras view, it pops up in our 24 hour video monitoring center. Our operators evaluate the information, and handle the event accordingly. The police respond very quickly, as we are describing a crime in progress, not just another false alarm. Pictures of the site are below. The radio station even made a commercial, detailing the service we are providing. Click this link to listen to commercial Titan Protection.
Being in the security industry, I often run into other security companies. Whether I am bidding against them, or their employees are interviewing with our company, I am amazed by the different cultures each guard company has. There are some national companies that put anybody in a uniform and pay them next to nothing. They restrict their employees ability to get involved with anything, for fear of liability. There are a lot of local and very aggressive security companies as well. These are the most dangerous in my opinion.
You can easily identify them as they market themselves as a “Private Police Force”, or have their own private SWAT teams, etc. This can be very dangerous to the client. You do not want an aggressive presence to scare your customers or tenants away. If you need a SWAT team, the police will gladly provide one at no cost (should the situation warrant one). An overly aggressive security guard can often make a situation worse, by trying to do too much. It can also foster a bad relationship with the police department, as they respond to mess where somebody is already upset because a security officer created a situation that didn’t need to escalate.
The point of a uniformed officer is to present a strong visible deterrent, to prevent things from even happening in the first place. Should an incident occur, they should be trained to be a good witness, verbally de-escalate a situation, and get the police involved when necessary. Only as a last resort should a security officer get involved in arresting or using force. If they have to do so, they should also be properly trained. I hear far too often of security officers that are given no training, just a uniform and an address to go stand at. If you are looking at security officers for your property, thoroughly investigate your providers culture and training. It could save you from a sticky situation down the road, and keep you away from any negative press.
The below video is a great example of the difference between traditional alarms and video verified alarms, especially in the eyes of the police. Both of the video verified alarms resulted in arrests, the traditional alarms did not. In one of the traditional burglar alarm calls the police would not even dispatch an officer. The idea is simple, video verification confirms whether an alarm is an actual event or not. Police resources are not wasted on false alarms. Video verification means a fast response from law enforcement, as they know they are going to an actual crime. Traditional burglary alarm systems equal slow response (if at all), wasted police resources, and false alarm fines. Video verified alarms are affordable, and they work. Follow the link below to see the video with actual recorded calls to the police with both options.
Below is a link to an article, written by a cop’s wife, on why cops are pricks. Thought it was interesting and had some good points, especially acknowledging that cops are in fact pricks. There is no justification for a cop or security officer to treat somebody unjustly, ever. If they are short with you, you might consider what other contacts they have had that day. Understand that they consistantly get the worst of people. Nobody is happy to see them, unless they are saving them from a bad situation. Usually, you are in contact with them because of a bad situation (accident, ticket, fight, etc.). Actually coming in contact with somebody that appreciates what they do, will make their day.
Beginning in January of 2013, Titan Protection is proud to offer security officers and video monitoring services in the Omaha, NE and Council Blufffs, IA areas. Visit our website for the phone number and address of our new location, http://tpcsecurity.com/contact.html.