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The Evolution of Commercial Security: Why Verified Alarms are Best

Posted by Joe Wilson

Dec 21, 2023 8:36:00 AM

Evolution-1The landscape of commercial security has undergone a significant transformation over the past few decades, evolving from basic mechanical systems to sophisticated, technology-driven solutions.

This evolution has been driven by the need for more efficient, reliable, and scalable security measures to protect businesses, as crimes such as theft, vandalism and break-and-enters become increasingly more sophisticated and difficult to prevent.

Yet as technology evolves, it becomes increasingly more difficult for your budget to decide which security solution is the right choice for the unique needs and budget of your business. 

At the forefront of this evolution are modern verified alarms, which stand out as the best solution for contemporary security challenges. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how security technology has evolved in modern history and why verified alarms may fit your company’s security needs.

The Early Days of Commercial Security 

In the early days, commercial security systems were predominantly mechanical, including locks, keys, and simple alarm systems that sounded when unauthorized entry was detected. These systems relied heavily on physical barriers and the human element for monitoring and response. 

However, they had limitations in terms of coverage, real-time monitoring, and the ability to distinguish between false alarms and genuine security breaches. Security during these times was neither effective at keeping intruders out, nor effective in helping to find them after the event. 

The Advent of Electronic Security Systems 

The introduction of electronic security systems, such as CCTV, marked a significant advancement. These systems incorporated sensors, magnetic contacts, and motion detectors, offering a higher level of security than their mechanical predecessors. They were able to cover larger areas and provide better intrusion detection. 

Yet, CCTV systems still suffer - even to this day - from a high rate of false alarms, leading to inefficiencies and potentially slower response times from law enforcement agencies. While they may help criminals be found after the crime has taken place, they do nothing to stop the damage being done to your business.

The Rise of Digital Technology and Connectivity

With the advent of digital technology and the internet, commercial security systems took a giant leap forward. Digital systems enabled remote monitoring, integration with other security devices, and more sophisticated detection capabilities. 

The connectivity provided by the internet allowed for real-time alerts and remote access control, making security systems more flexible and responsive. Yet without verification capabilities, false alarm rates are still incredibly high. 

The Emergency of Verified Alarm Solutions 

The most significant development in recent years has been the emergence of verified alarms. These systems represent the pinnacle of commercial security in modern times, combining advanced technology with verification processes to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of alarm responses.

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Verified alarms work by using a combination of video, audio, and motion detection technologies to verify whether an alarm signal is the result of an actual security breach. 

When an alarm is triggered, the system immediately sends a signal to a monitoring center, where trained professionals assess the situation. They can access real-time video or audio feeds to determine whether the alarm is genuine and if immediate action is required. This process significantly reduces false alarm rates and ensures that law enforcement is dispatched only when necessary.

Why verified alarms are the best solution:

  • Reduction in False Alarms: Verified alarms significantly reduce the occurrence of false alarms. This not only saves time and resources but also ensures that law enforcement response is reserved for actual threats, thereby increasing overall security effectiveness.
  • Faster Response Times: With verification, the response to actual security incidents is faster. Law enforcement agencies prioritize verified alarms over traditional alarms, knowing that these alerts have been pre-validated.
  • Integrated Security Solutions: Modern verified alarms can be integrated with other security systems, such as access control and fire alarm systems, to provide a comprehensive security solution.
  • Scalability and Customization: Verified alarm systems are highly scalable and can be customized to fit the specific needs of any business, regardless of size or industry.
  • Remote Monitoring and Control: Business owners and security personnel can monitor and control these systems remotely, providing an added layer of flexibility and peace of mind.
  • Deterrent to Criminal Activity: The presence of a verified alarm system acts as a strong deterrent to potential intruders, as they are aware of the increased likelihood of detection and response.

Want to learn more about the benefits of verified security and how it can protect your business? Book a free security plan with Sonitrol Western Canada today.

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Topics: Commercial Security, Verified Alarms

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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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