Round-the-clock Closed Circuit Television (or CCTV) surveillance is one of the most popular security services we provide here at Marpol Security, and with good reason. Nothing offers greater peace of mind than the knowledge that someone is keeping an eye on your premises 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We design, install, and maintain CCTV surveillance systems for businesses throughout the North West and across the rest of the UK. In this article, we explain the process of what happens should a security breach occur on your property while it is being monitored.
In order to be effective, your CCTV system needs to cover everything. That means no blind spots or areas where intruders can pass unnoticed. As part of our security package, we perform a full site analysis of your property to establish clear points of view for our cameras. This ensures total coverage of your premises, 24 hours a day.
When your system is up and running, each camera produces a live video feed. In the old days, this would be recorded locally onto video tape and would only really be used after the event as evidence that a crime had taken place. With modern technology, the high-resolution image is sent wirelessly and securely to any on-site security staff, as well as our central monitoring unit. They will see what’s going on in your property in real time. This allows for an immediate response should they spot suspect behaviour.
Our dogs are highly-disciplined and will only run to intercept on a direct command from their handler (or if their handler is in trouble, of course), ensuring the safety of any staff members still on site after hours.
This is the heart of our CCTV operation. It comprises a team of trained security professionals watching the live feed of your CCTV camera for suspicious activity. Working in shifts, they are able to keep an eye on several cameras at once, being fully-trained and experienced in spotting unexpected movements on screen.
Depending on your CCTV set-up, our operatives might be able to zoom in on unusual behaviour, or there might be motion sensors to alert them to an active presence in the area. Even on a basic CCTV camera, the image should be clear enough to see what is taking place.
We have mobile patrol units operating wherever we have buildings to protect. They drive around the local neighbourhood, performing random security checks outside of office hours and acting as our first-response team in the event of an incident. This includes alerts from our CCTV monitoring team. Should they spot any suspect activity, they will immediately contact the nearest mobile patrol unit, who can be at your premises within minutes. Each unit is made up of trained and qualified security personnel, with decades of experience in the industry.
While our mobile patrol unit will be the first port of call, if the situation warrants it, our central monitoring team may also call the relevant emergency services. If the intruders have set a fire, for instance, are vandalising property, or are simply too many for our mobile patrol unit to handle alone, they will contact the appropriate service to intervene.