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Why the Wrong Building Security is Worse Than None at All

We sometimes find ourselves in a strange position when working with property managers. On the one hand, nearly all of them understand the importance of strong building security. No one wants to leave themselves open to unnecessary incidents or lawsuits.

But on the other hand, a high percentage of the property managers we meet with work under the (false) assumption that they are being protected from these unfortunate risks with security cameras. That’s almost never the case.

In today’s post, we are going to tell you why that is. And then, we’re going to show you what you can do about it without reinvesting in new personnel or expensive monitoring systems. Let’s jump in…

Why Your Existing Security System Might Be Inadequate

No building security is fool-proof. Even if you had armed guards patrolling the premises 24/7 you would still run the risk that criminals would strike, or that unfortunate accidents would take place. Of course, most building owners and property managers don’t have the need or budget for that level of protection. And so, they count on security cameras instead.

That’s a good first step, but it doesn’t offer the sort of protection they think it does. Cameras are good at deterring some kinds of crime and unfavorable activity, but they have notable drawbacks. These include:

  • Blind spots and coverage gaps
  • The need for different types of cameras in different spaces
  • Unreliable cameras and inconsistent monitoring
  • Difficulty in retrieving crucial footage when it matters

The takeaway here is that having some cameras is certainly better than having none, but a closed-circuit system won’t protect you on its own. And in some cases, that’s the real problem.

Some Security Can Be Worse Than None

When you have incomplete security in your building, it creates a huge problem. That’s because you can operate with a false sense of security. You feel like you’ve done enough to protect your residents or tenants so you don’t worry about what you can’t see. But then, when something does happen, you find that you are open to lawsuits and claims of negligence.

Property managers who don’t have any security cameras at least have the knowledge that they need to be heavily insured and/or set clear policies. But those with incomplete or inadequate security camera systems are running risks they can’t necessarily afford.

How to Close the Holes in Your Building Security Setup

The solution to this problem isn’t to do away with cameras, of course. Neither is it to upgrade to an expensive new video system. Instead, your best – and most cost-efficient – option is to use artificial intelligence to help you close the gaps in your security liability.

You don’t have to be an IT expert who’s on the cutting edge to do this. We designed a platform that helps you integrate multiple camera systems, automate footage review, and enhance retrieval using machine learning. In other words, we make it possible to eliminate the tedious, technical, and time-consuming parts of the job so you can get your cameras working the way they are supposed to.

We don’t want you to take our word for it. Instead, why not contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation one-on-one demo? In just 30 minutes we can show you how we are using AI to make building security cheaper and more effective.

Don’t let this chance go by – get in touch with Amherst AI to schedule your demo today!