A weakened economy almost always equates to an up tick in crime, and sadly, that is what we see happening here. After more than a decade of steady decline, homicide, robbery and street crimes are inching upward. Now, residential buildings, hotels, schools, hospitals and other institutions are responding by augmenting their protection through private security, according to Desmond “Des” Smyth, president and founder of New York City-based SecureWatch24.
In this increasingly digital age, technology is widely regarded as paramount to any security operation, both within the industry and beyond. But while technology plays a critical role in today’s security operations, it is important to remember that technology is not a stand-alone security solution.
“We know the best security operation combines the latest in technology with extensive and diverse law enforcement experience and expertise. This is why we combine a network of 14,000 cameras with a management team comprising veterans of the New York City Police Department well-versed in areas including intelligence, counter-terrorism, narcotics and organized crime.”
Audit trails allow the firm to track what data was accessed by whom and when, down to the fraction of a second. This not only deters personnel from misusing data and using cameras for inappropriate reasons, but also protects clients from potential lawsuits based on violation of privacy.
“Perhaps most impressive is a unique ability to link a specific system to first responders. In an emergency, we can facilitate access to the command and control center, allowing the police department, fire department, SWAT team or other first responders to stream on-site cameras. This allows first responders to assess the situation, identify and locate key people, and develop a strategy before entering the emergency zone, all from a remote location.
“This integration represents the beginning of an extremely promising partnership between the public and private sectors that will ultimately raise the quality of the city’s security while lowering the financial burden for the taxpayers. In essence, this is an investment that pays for itself. And in these times, economic security matters, too.”