What type of technology products do you use in your office? Computers? VoIP phones? Tablets? What if these products only worked properly 2% of the time? You would probably not be too enthusiastic about paying for it or keeping it around at all. On average, 98% of the burglar alarm calls that police departments receive are false alarms. That 98% results in a massive waste of taxpayer dollars and wasted law enforcement time. Even worse, as a business, you could receive a fine depending on how many times it has occurred. Video verification increases the efficacy of your security system every day.
What Causes False Alarms?
False alarms can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- User error (forgetting the keypad code, opening a window or door)
- Untrained employees using the alarm system improperly
- Damaged or improper equipment
- Poorly installed equipment
Even if the alarm system is properly installed, however, there will still be nuisance calls and false alarms. Video verification can bridge the gap between an alarm and an appropriate response. Some human errors can play a massive role in the occurrence of nuisance alarms. Even faulty equipment can easily trigger a nuisance alarm to go off unintentionally.
Video Verification 101
Video verification works by activating a video camera at the moment an alarm starts to sound. The video is then forwarded to a law enforcement agency to confirm whether or not a break-in occurred. This also helps to provide video evidence if a break-in did occur. Even if the police do not reach the building in time, the video images can assist with finding the person responsible.
The Video Verification System Difference
Video verification assists to prove that a crime actually occurred at your business and escalated the alarm call from a priority 3 response (little urgency or no response) or a priority 1 response (urgent). That difference in response time can mean the difference between apprehending a suspect and letting them get away.
Video Verification Systems From ARK Systems
Located in Columbia, Maryland, ARK Systems provides unsurpassed quality and excellence in the security industry, from system design all the way through to installation. We handle all aspects of security with local and remote locations. With over 30 years in the industry, ARK Systems is an experienced security contractor. Trust ARK to handle your most sensitive data storage, surveillance, and security solutions.