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CCTV Versus Verified Alarms

Posted by Joe Wilson

Feb 11, 2021 7:20:34 AM

CCTV VS VerifiedSuccessful security systems are increasingly reliant on advances in technology and software, and these innovations are helping organizations to ensure they properly protect their people and their assets.

Yet, despite this, many organizations are still using traditional CCTV cameras to secure their premises. This technology is not only outdated, it’s simply no longer up to the task of securing your property.

Businesses often believe that traditional CCTV cameras are the perfect security solution to protect their assets from both internal and external crime. Unfortunately, the truth is that CCTV security solutions are ineffective.

That’s because:

  • CCTV cameras only record a crime, they don’t stop it from happening.
  • CCTV solutions typically aren’t customized for your company’s needs.
  • CCTV doesn’t deter criminals from targeting your property.


That’s why your organization should consider investing in a verified security alarm - a solution that actually protects both your people and your assets. In this blog we will take a look at what a verified security solution actually is, and why it’s a far better choice than CCTV.

What is a verified security alarm?

Sonitrol has designed an innovative verified alarm system that uses state-of-the-art technology to detect criminal threats on your organization’s premises. Unlike CCTV, once a threat is detected a security expert located in a 24/7 central monitoring station is able to verify the threat is real.

Once this expert verifies the alarm, the police are notified immediately and the responding officers are provided with real-time information on where the criminal is and what they are doing.

If it’s a false alarm, which is often the case for CCTV alarms and the main reasons why police take so long to respond to them, Sonitrol Western Canada simply resets the system without bothering either your organization or the police. 

4 reasons verified alarms are better than CCTV

#1 - Significantly faster police response times

Since Sonitrol’s alarm systems are verified and police have all the information they need to know exactly what they are showing up to, police departments trust verified alarms. That means they dispatch responding teams significantly faster than they would to a CCTV alarm. In fact, police have an average dispatch time of just 3-4 minutes for verified alarms, compared to an average of 45 minutes for traditional CCTV alarms.

It’s for this reason that Sonitrol has the highest documented apprehensions rate over any other security system, with more than 175,000 criminals caught red handed since 1977. 

#2 - You don’t have to worry about false alarms 

Traditional CCTV has no ability to verify alarms, meaning something as simple as an employee coming back into the building to grab an item they have left behind or a racoon rummaging around the property could send the alarm off and nobody would know if a true crime is taking place. The average security system has a false alarm rate of 98 percent.

By verifying whether a threat is genuinely real, Sonitrol’s verified alarms have the lowest false alarm rate in the industry.

#3 - Verified alarms will deter criminals before they even commit a crime

Criminals are not deterred by CCTV alarms. In fact, a criminal that sees a property with a CCTV alarm system will know that it’s unlikely anyone is watching them commit the crime in progress. They know that all they need to do is wear a disguise, and they will have enough time to get out of there before the police arrive. 

When it comes to Sonitrol verified alarms, however, criminals know the name. They know we have helped police apprend more than 175,000 criminals since 1977, and they actively stay away from organizations that display our technology. 

#4 - Verified video can be customized for your organization’s unique needs

Traditional CCTV alarms are typically placed around your company’s facility in the hope they catch a criminal. These companies don’t actually take the time to evaluate your premises and analyze your actual security needs. 

Verified video is different. These are security experts who genuinely care about securing your company from both internal and external threats. That’s why a security expert will visit your premises and design a verified alarm solution for the unique needs of your property. 

Do you want to learn more about Sonitrol’s verified alarm systems and how we can create a security system that is unique to the needs of your organization? Contact our team of security experts today for a free consultation

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Joe Wilson, Owner of Sonitrol Western Canada

We provide our customers with the best commercial security solutions and quality service backed by our unique Guarantee and Commitment to Service. It's something unverified conventional alarm companies simply cannot guarantee!

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