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Security – electronic systems versus physical security guards 

In this edition of Security Matters, we will look at some of the basic differences between electronic security systems – and security guards – and explore how to use these security options.  

Most readers will be familiar with a range of electronic security – such as intruder alarms, CCTV camera systems and access control systems. However, there is a multitude of ways that electronic security systems can improve our safety and security beyond these types of systems.  

Now you can control your electronic security systems remotely – unlock a door for a helper – or review video footage from your property from anywhere in the world.  

With enhancements in technology security systems offer greater benefit to keep people and property secure. One example is satellite tracking – a very useful technology that can be used to track stolen items such as cars or boats. It’s also used in offender monitoring of inmates who are out of incarceration.  

Technology has vastly improved the function of security systems – but there is certainly a huge role for traditional security guards as part of a comprehensive security framework.  

Statistics confirm that a professional security officer will take the level of already installed security up to the next level. Security guards protect premises from unauthorised access, preventing theft, damage, anti-social behavior and to protect individuals, against assault or injury.  

The presence of a security officer will hugely contribute to minimising any unwanted threat. But is can also offer some unexpected added benefits beyond just deterring crime. 

Employee safety and morale: Employing the services of a security officer to patrol and protect property, will go some way and offer a sense of reassurance and stability to staff members which in turn, will boost morale within the general work force, customers and clients alike.  

It is in the interest of any business owner to secure their assets and premises, but it is also vital that staff feel safe in their working environment.  

Reduced insurance premiums: some insurance companies give substantial discounts, which could even exceed the cost of a security officer. 

Additional support in emergencies: In the event of a fire breaking out, the presence of the security officer will increase the speed to which this would be reported to the emergency services and of course, this will limit the damage to your assets and property.  

An extra pair of eyes and hands: Security officers have a number of roles and responsibilities and might have the responsibility of taking phone calls that come into the business after hours. Here in the Cayman Islands, the best security guards take on extra responsibility – which may include have responsibility for monitoring the heating and cooling systems of the buildings they protect and they prepare daily activity logs and reports of the work they carry out. 

Any property or business, regardless of the security efforts it employs can fall victim to crime.  

Whilst modern camera systems will record and provide evidential information, and alarms will alert police or security control rooms that illegal activities are taking place, these do not guarantee that the criminal will be caught. 

So which is better out or electronic – versus security officers? 

It really depends on the situation, it’s horses for courses.   

The best practice with security management is to undertake a comprehensive risk assessment – and implement a comprehensive security plan. This may include both electronic and guarding services. 




About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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