In a world where small businesses are the backbone of local economies in cities like Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, and Menifee, ensuring their security is vital. Commercial security systems are more than just a luxury for small business owners; they’re an investment that can help safeguard your business, assets, and peace of mind. In this article, we’re looking beyond a solution consisting of only security cameras and exploring the transformative role of verified alarms, with a special focus on Resideo’s innovative indoor motion viewers as part of a burglar alarm system.
Security cameras have undoubtedly been a go-to option for small business owners over the past decade, and for a good reason. They offer a valuable record of past events and can act as a deterrent to potential intruders. However, they have limitations, and relying solely on them can lead to gaps in your security and increase the risk of false alarms.
So, what’s the solution? Enter verified alarms and the game-changing technology of indoor motion viewers.
The Role and Limitations of Security Cameras
Security cameras play an important role in commercial security systems, providing businesses with a visual record of events. They capture instances of theft, vandalism, and other security breaches, enabling business owners and law enforcement to respond accordingly. Moreover, the mere presence of security cameras can often deter potential intruders.
However, security cameras have their limits. They record events as they occur but don’t provide real-time information, trigger instant alerts, or dispatch the authorities in the event of an alarm. Without additional systems, specifically, an intrusion detection alarm system like the ProSeries from Resideo, a security breach such as a burglary might go unnoticed until it’s too late.
Moreover, while security cameras are great at capturing events, they can’t verify the cause of an alarm. This lack of verification leads to a higher chance of false alarms, which can be disruptive and costly. According to a report by the National Police Chiefs Council, false alarms account for a significant percentage of police callouts, leading to wasted resources and slower response times to real threats.
In essence, while security cameras are a beneficial component of a commercial security system, they’re not a comprehensive security solution on their own.
Verified Alarms: Improving Your Commercial Security System
When it comes to commercial security solutions, verified alarms are rapidly emerging as the new gold standard in intrusion detection. But what exactly is a verified alarm?
A verified alarm is an alarm event that’s been confirmed to have an actual cause, such as a break-in or a fire. The advantage of a verified alarm is evident when we consider law enforcement response times. When an alarm goes off, law enforcement needs to know whether it’s a real emergency or a false alarm. Verified alarms are treated as Priority One calls by law enforcement, meaning they’re considered urgent. In contrast, unverified alarms are treated as Priority Three calls and given less immediate attention.
According to the April 2023 monthly report from the Murrieta Police Department, the average response time for Priority One calls was 7 minutes, 26 seconds. Priority Three calls’ response time was significantly longer – 27 minutes, 12 seconds. This stark difference underscores the value of verified alarms in a commercial security system.
Indoor Motion Viewers: The Next Level in Commercial Security Systems
Let’s delve into indoor motion viewers, innovative technology that can take your commercial security system to the next level.
Indoor motion viewers are essentially sophisticated motion sensors with built-in cameras. When these devices detect movement, they trigger an alarm and capture a short video clip of the event. This clip can provide crucial real-time information about what caused the alarm, turning a simple motion alert into a verified alarm.
A standout in this field is Resideo’s indoor motion viewer. This device not only detects movement and records video, but it also instantly sends a 10-second video clip to the Total Connect App on your smartphone. This immediate access to real-time information gives business owners greater control over their security and can help in quick decision-making during potential security alarm events.
By providing real-time information and verification, indoor motion viewers fill the gaps left by security cameras. They reduce the chance of false alarms, thereby saving time, effort, and resources.
Benefits of Adding Indoor Motion Viewers to Your Security Cameras
Real-Time Information: One of the key benefits of indoor motion viewers is the provision of real-time insights. Unlike security cameras that merely record events, indoor motion viewers detect motion and immediately send a video clip to the Total Connect App on your smartphone. This immediate feedback allows you to assess the situation in real-time and take necessary actions, adding a new layer of control to your commercial security system.
Increased Security and Reduced False Alarms: Indoor motion viewers enhance the coverage of your security system by detecting movement in areas that cameras might not fully cover. Additionally, verifying the cause of an alarm significantly reduces the likelihood of false alarms. It can save your business from unnecessary disruptions and potential fines while utilizing law enforcement resources effectively.
Enhanced Response to Verified Alarms: A significant advantage of verified alarms is the improved response time from security companies and law enforcement. Treated as Priority One calls, verified alarm events result in faster response times when compared to unverified alarms. Adding indoor motion viewers to your commercial security system will enhance your chances of receiving a prompt response from law enforcement in case of a burglary or emergency.
Case Study: Business Owner Avoided False Alarm Fines
Let’s consider a real-life example to truly understand the impact of adding indoor motion viewers to a commercial security system. Sara, the owner of a high-end home furnishings store in Murrieta, integrated indoor motion viewers into the security system for her store and design center.
One night, the alarm at Sara’s store was triggered. Rather than causing immediate panic or an unnecessary dispatch of police resources, the indoor motion viewer kicked into action. It detected the movement and immediately sent a video clip to Sara’s smartphone through the Total Connect App.
Upon viewing the clip, Sara quickly identified the cause of the alarm. A balloon from an employee’s birthday celebration had been set adrift when the store’s heater came on. Instead of unknowingly dispatching the police for a false alarm, Sara confidently confirmed there was no threat to her business’s security.
Not only did the indoor motion viewer save Sara from unnecessary worry, but it also saved her from incurring false alarm charges from the police department. This instance underscored the value of adding indoor motion viewers to her commercial security system, showcasing their role in providing real-time information, reducing false alarms, and enhancing overall security.
Comprehensive Commercial Security Solutions
A well-rounded commercial security system is more than just security cameras—it’s a blend of technology that can provide real-time information, reduce false alarms, and ensure a prompt emergency response when needed most. As we’ve seen, indoor motion viewers, like those offered by Resideo, offer these benefits and more, making them a valuable addition to any commercial security system.
In today’s dynamic business environment, small business owners must stay ahead of potential threats. Protecting your business with a commercial security system equipped with indoor motion viewers is one way to do just that. If you’re a business owner in Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, or Menifee, call A-Bell Alarms for more information about the ProSeries Commercial Security System and Indoor Motion Viewers from Resideo. It’s an investment in real-time information, improved security, and peace of mind.
Along with her husband Chris, Kathy is part of the "Dynamic Duo of Security" in the Temecula Valley. She is passionate about using her expertise to protect not only her own clients but the entire community.