Commercial Video Surveillance Systems vs. Physical Security Guards

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Commercial video surveillance systems are a popular topic among commercial and industrial clients. What company is the best? Do I need a digital system or is my traditional security sufficient? Aren’t my security guards enough?

In short, more than security guards are needed for commercial and industrial businesses. Commercial security camera systems offer a lot of value for companies, such as:

  • Lower costs
  • More visibility
  • Higher satisfaction
  • Greater feeling of safety

We’ll get more into the advantages of security systems, below. Keep reading to discover more, or contact us today to get started on your new monitoring system.

What Is Remote Video Monitoring?

Commercial security camera systems allow managers and owners to remotely tap into their businesses at any time, from anywhere. Sometimes called surveillance or CCTV systems, remote video monitoring covers your entire business at once, maximizing security efforts.

Remote video monitoring also includes a centralized monitoring station with people available 24/7 to alert law enforcement of any potential threats. So, even if your business is closed for the night, a remote video monitoring agency would still have eyes on the facility to ensure nothing suspicious goes on.

Who Are Security Guards?

Security guards are often portrayed as the savior of companies, running and saving the day during any dangerous situation. Other times, they are shown as comedic relief on TV and in movies. The reality is that they are a form of protection just like security cameras, but they have far more limitations.

Security guards are hired to protect an area or building from threats and crimes. They are limited in what they can do, therefore, the business’s protection is also limited. We’ll discuss more about the limitations below.

Limitations of Physical Security Guards:

We have nothing against physical security guards, in fact, they are a great addition to most companies. However, solely relying on security guards for your security needs is unrealistic in today’s fast-paced, digitalized world. That’s why commercial video surveillance systems are essential to protect your company. Learn more about the limitations of security guards below:

Field of Vision: 

Even the most vigilant and dedicated security guards can’t have eyes everywhere at once. They can only focus on one area at a time, leaving numerous points of vulnerability.

With commercial video surveillance systems, your business has complete coverage at all times. CCTV systems actually make the job easier for security guards, giving them the ability to quickly identify and address threats.


Security guards are human, and humans do human things. Fatigue is a common contributor to crimes or threats being ignored. Not because the security guard wasn’t good enough, but because their humanity clouded their ability to do the job effectively.

Security surveillance systems never get tired. Fatigue is not an issue with cameras. At TTD Security Systems, we use high-quality CCTV cameras that alert remote monitors of any suspicious activities or situations. Businesses are never not protected with commercial surveillance security systems in place.


Thieves or anyone up to no good tend to bring along someone as a distraction. This is especially true with security guards. One goes to ask complicated questions or creates a scene so the other can commit the crime.

Surveillance cameras deter this type of activity. Criminals know they will be recorded, so even if they get away with it at the moment, that won’t last for long.

Human Error: 

Human error is a big contributor to many incidents, including those involving security. If you want to maximize your commercial or industrial building’s security efforts, integrating surveillance cameras is essential. A strong security system combines several elements of protection.


Emotions often cloud judgment and impact decisions. Fear may overcome a security guard in a tense situation, or they may take pity on someone showing remorse. Adding CCTV cameras to your security system allows emotionless decisions regarding these types of situations. Facts are facts with recorded content.

Advantages of Commercial Building Security Systems:

So, what are the advantages of choosing commercial video surveillance systems instead of solely utilizing security guards?

Reduce Operational Costs: 

Overall, CCTV cameras help to lower operational costs. The initial investment may seem like a lot, but over time, the surveillance system provides value over and over again. Security cameras are a cost-effective, proven security solution that more and more companies are implementing.

Boost Productivity: 

Employees who know their every move is recorded are more likely to focus on the tasks they are hired to do. Productivity is often enhanced after installing security cameras because there is less goofing off and more work being done.

Increase Employee Protection: 

Security cameras help employees to be more protected. Cameras in parking lots, garages, or stairways give an extra layer of protection for your team members. This helps them to be more satisfied with their jobs.

Security cameras are also a great way to respond to emergencies quickly. For example, let’s say an employee is closing the building and slips on something and they lose consciousness. Remote monitors would be able to call emergency medical services to respond to this type of situation.

Deter Crimes: 

Internal and external theft are huge costs for businesses in all industries. Security cameras placed all over your commercial or industrial building will deter many types of crimes. Thieves will think twice if they know the facility is monitored 24/7. Some of the most common crimes cameras deter include:

  • Vandalism
  • Theft
  • Trespassing
  • Break-ins

Provide Evidence for Any Situation: 

For the brave criminal who breaks the law despite the security cameras, your business now has evidence for law enforcement. It’s hard to argue with video proof of the crime committed.

Lower Liability: 

A security camera system helps to lower your business’s overall liability. Some insurances will even lower a company’s premium if they have a security system installed! Another factor related to liability that many people don’t consider is lawsuit situations. If someone decides to sue your business for an incident, a security camera would have recorded the situation. This may save your business a lot in costs.

Offer Peace of Mind: 

One of the biggest, yet intangible, advantages of commercial surveillance security systems is the peace of mind it brings you, your customers, and your team members. Peace of mind is priceless when it comes to your business. It allows owners and managers to leave the facility at night or take vacations without constantly worrying about the “what ifs.”

Control Access:

Many companies have highly sensitive information or high-value assets on site. It’s unreasonable to think these should be in common areas where anyone can access them. A CCTV security system integrates with access control solutions to monitor these closely.

At TTD Security Systems, we offer access control solutions. These are integrated into your solution as commercial door entry security systems that allow you to manage who comes and goes from your business or a specific area.

Commercial CCTV Security Systems Provide More Coverage 24/7

The US surveillance camera market is the second-largest in the world, valued at $8+ billion. The industry is growing annually because of the sheer impact it has on security, protection, and safety. Industrial and commercial businesses are incorporating CCTV into their security systems more than ever because of the many advantages (see above!).

No matter your business hours, with remote monitoring, your business is protected 24/7. At TTD Security Systems, we have a dedicated staff available to ensure your business stays protected at all times. Our team acts quickly, gets law enforcement involved when needed, and has your business's best interests at the forefront of our actions.

Why TTD Security Systems for Your Video Surveillance System?

Since 2001, TTD Security Systems has supported commercial and industrial customers across the nation with their security needs. We offer a range of solutions, including access control, CCTV, perimeter security, and data cabling.

TTD Security Systems knows the importance of effective hardware and software to maximize security efforts across the system. That’s why we partner with some of the industry’s top brands to offer high-quality, lasting equipment. Some of our brand partners include:

  • American Dynamics
  • Medeco
  • Salto
  • Axis Communications
  • Kantech
  • HID
  • Milestone

We take pride in serving some of the largest customers in the world, including the Ritz Carlton, Disney Swan and Dolphin, and Hyatt Regency. We are always onboarding new customers and would love to add your business to our list, so give us a call at 800-404-1263 to get started.

Call TTD Security Systems Today for the Best Commercial Video Surveillance System!

In the market for commercial video surveillance systems? You’re in the right place! TTD Security Systems has helped thousands of industrial and commercial clients with their surveillance, video surveillance, and other security needs for more than two decades.

Our team of experts manages your project from inception to completion, allowing you to worry about more revenue-generating aspects of your business. Give yourself, the team, and customers peace of mind with a new security system! Contact us today to get started.

We look forward to working with you!

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