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The Benefits of Electronic Site Security

Deploying electronic security systems such as CCTV for site security and asset protection, as either an alternative to or compliment for man guarding, offers a multitude of benefits.

From significant cost-savings and speed of installation through to reliability and convenience, WCCTV's clients across the construction, utility and highways sectors are already benefitting from implementing CCTV systems on site.

WCCTV outlines some of the headline benefits associated with its Rapid Deployment CCTV Towers below:

Cost Effectiveness

The cost of employing man guards is often prohibitive for many when seeking a site security solution.

Guarding services generally come at a premium price, with external factors such as the requirement for multiple guards to cover larger sites, ongoing increases in the National Living Wage, the need for training, vetting, rest facilities and vehicles all pushing hourly rates ever upwards - even before bank holiday premium rates are taken into consideration.

Security industry and UK economy experts predict that Brexit, too, may have an impact on both the cost and quality of manned guarding. With the SIA issuing over 15,000 licences to EU passport holders, a potential reduction of the UK’s migrant workforce following Brexit could lead to a shortage in licenced and experienced guards. With demand for security increasing, the demand for guards is likely to increase, pushing wage demands and costs upwards.

CCTV systems for site security, such as WCCTV’s Site Security Towers, are often anywhere up to 75% cheaper than the cost of man guards without any compromise on effectiveness or quality.

WCCTV provides its rapid deployment CCTV Towers on a sale or rental basis, meaning clients are able to choose a package that is most financially beneficial for their projects, regardless of the length of the project.

Quality and Reliability

CCTV systems provide a more accurate and thorough overview of incidents on site than a physical man guard presence could.

This includes being able to identify intrusions in the lowest lighting conditions. Technology advancements such as infrared and thermal imaging allow cameras to see things a human eye would find impossible to detect.

A CCTV system can also view a much wider area than a man guard, and with the use of multiple infrared detectors, they can proactively identify any intrusion across a whole site and all points of ingress.

CCTV systems are also, by their nature, always attentive. The human element of man guarding introduces the risk of lapses in concentration and attention fatigue. CCTV removes the element of placing trust in the alertness, motivation and ability of security personnel.   

From a technology perspective, WCCTV’s HD Site Towers represent the next generation of electronic site security.

WCCTV Site Towers combine wireless transmission (4G/3G and Wi-Fi) of video and alarms, multiple fixed and wireless PIR detectors, a high definition infrared, 360° pan, tilt and 36x zoom camera to allow a remote operator to capture images of any potential intruders, audio speakers to enable a remote challenge to occur and local recording capability for the storage of evidential footage.

A Proactive and Visual Deterrent

The ideal result for anyone looking to secure a site and their valuable assets is to prevent intrusions or break-ins before they occur.

The bright yellow WCCTV Site Tower stands 7m high, providing an unmistakable visual deterrent for a would-be trespasser, and they are proven to prevent criminal activity.

Should a break in still occur, WCCTV’s Site Towers offer a fully proactive response. The PIR detectors will pick up activity on site, send an alarm back to a monitoring station or site manager where the activity is verified and responded to.

WCCTV provides all of its rapid deployment site towers backed by BS5979 and BS8418 accredited Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) as standard. The ARC, upon receipt of an alarm on site, will issue an audio challenge via the Site Towers speakers. In most cases, this will deter the intruders and result in them leaving the site as demonstrated below. 

If the intruder remains on site, then the incident will be escalated to the police, key holder, or a mobile guard working in conjunction with the CCTV system.

Risk Mitigation

It’s often suggested that a benefit of using guards is that, should they discover an intruder onsite, they can intervene and prevent a robbery from occurring.   

However, in most cases, security guards are trained not to approach a potential intruder, for concerns over safety. Options therefore become very limited. 

Usually, in such instances, security guards ensure their own safety, before calling out the police, the same as any normal member of the public. Without a unique reference number (which can be provided by an accredited ARC), the police may not respond immediately.

Using a CCTV system such as the WCCTV Site Tower could not only ensure a quicker response as they are backed with monitoring from an accredited ARC, it also prevents putting a human into a risky situation where their safety could be threatened.

Rapid deployment and flexibility

The WCCTV Site Tower is a truly rapid-deployment CCTV system, meaning it can be installed and fully-operational in just a matter of minutes ensuring your sites are protected.

They can also be moved around the site as they develop, meaning blind spots can be mitigated and the most appropriate areas of risk remain protected at all times.

The wide range of powering options make them suitable for any sites, a WCCTV Fuel Cell Tower can be installed a site with no power and no internet connection and still provided completely autonomous security.

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Additional Benefits

Using a WCCTV site security system provides a number of other onsite benefits. All WCCTV’s Site Towers are time lapse video ready. The system will capture high definition images of your construction, demolition or refit projects which our team will use to produce a fully edited promotional video clip.

Finally, being able to remotely monitor a site give senior management the ability to improve onsite health and safety by identifying risks and hazards without the need for site visits.

Summary

The benefits outlined above are just a selection of the benefits provided by using electronic security. Key to all of the above is the understanding of objectives, capabilities and limitations of systems, appropriate equipment selection and using it as part of best practice for keeping your sites secure.

WCCTV's cost-effective site security systems are up to 75% cheaper than manned guarding, and WCCTV provides the most comprehensive service in the market.

We pride ourselves on our market-leading position, supplying our own manufactured product and a service which starts at site survey, right through installation, maintenance, alarm response and monthly reporting, detailing onsite events and speed of action from the WCCTV team.

The quality, reliability and competitive pricing of our site security services are the reason why we have more active systems nationwide with leading construction and demolition companies than any other supplier.

To find out if WCCTV can assist with your site security requirements, contact sales@wcctv.com or call 0800 470 4630.

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