Security Technology Versus Security Guards

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Heyrick Bond Gunning, managing director of Salamanca Group, says that you can spend a lot of money on security but “the weakest link is often the human element.” This is an extract from the International Business Times, talking about the Cyber Security Chain.

Cyber security isn’t our area of expertise – but physical, premises security is. The article referenced above highlights a shift in attitude that we have seen growing for years in the management of premises security – ignoring / undervaluing the human element of security in favour of the high-tech. Time and again we have seen it proven that real live human beings are the most critical factor in security.

After years of seeing technology taking the place of security guards and in many instances, completely replacing them, perhaps the mood is beginning to swing in the other direction. We’re now beginning to see some recognition that whilst advanced technology can help us to detect and eliminate crime, if it’s missing the human response then there are problems.

As implied above, humans often are very remiss in keeping their mouths closed or refraining from blabbing on the various social media channels. Similarly, when securing a building, it’s all very well having CCTV monitoring, even with motion sensor and voice-over technology, but remote monitoring is of very limited benefit when an immediate physical on-site response is needed.

It is noticeable that in Nottingham, and across the East Midlands, the threat of all crime (not just terrorism) appears to be taken much less seriously than it is in the Capital, with its’ square mile full of financial institutions. Frequently, Midlanders seem to believe that crime and / or terrorism aren’t significant threats to our lives and businesses and that attacks and criminals will only ever be centred on London.

Perhaps, now we appear to be gradually crawling out of recession, it is time for companies to revisit their security cover and to recognise that cheap is not always fit for purpose. Police advice is that terrorists are looking for easy targets and that London is too difficult. The cyber threat is growing, and you can be attacked from anywhere in the world. Criminals of all sorts are looking around to find businesses and premises that provide easy targets.

Cheap security becomes a false economy when responses are too slow and losses add up to considerably more than the savings you thought you were going to make.

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