Video Monitoring

Whether you rely on human resources or electronic systems, investing in onsite security is a critical decision.  If your business employs live guards, by replacing the coverage they provide with a video monitoring service may be the right way to maximize your security investment. Here are some key reasons why:

24 Hour Security Cost


While a live security guard can only work eight hours per day, the indispensable 24-hour coverage that every business needs can be seamlessly provided by video monitoring. In Washington state, hiring a security guard costs an average of $20.30 per hour, according to To achieve continuous security, a business would have to fund three security guard shifts daily—an unsustainable model for most businesses. 


Contrast to onsite security, the video monitoring model can provide coverage during the hours that a live security guard is not on duty. Video monitoring is triggered by an alarm activated signal that immediately transmits a live feed of the site to our monitoring center. From there, our security professionals view the live video to verify that an intrusion is in progress. 


Using powerful talkdown technology, they make a live video announcement to the site, that the intruder will hear and react to (often, by fleeing the site). This is the most cost-effective way to minimize potential damage to your business.

Fluid Security Needs

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Washington state employs 12,000 to 23,000 security guards annually, highlighting the dynamic nature of security needs in our local communities. As crime rates, economic conditions, and business sizes change, the demand for onsite security frequently fluctuates.


To meet this fluid demand, video monitoring provides scalability. Unlike the challenges of hiring and terminating live security staff as needs change, our video monitoring service easily scales up and down. Organizations can adapt the solution to evolving security requirements, making it a scalable option for both small businesses and large enterprises.

Live Guard Limitations

Even the most skilled security guards are bound by their human limitations. In situations where trespassers refuse to vacate, a security guard must call the police—yet, there is no guarantee of a timely response. The average police response time to an intrusion is 45 minutes, allowing significant damage to occur.

Real-Time Response Capabilities

In contrast, video monitoring ensures a swift, real-time response. Seamlessly integrating video surveillance and rapid response minimizes the need for a physical onsite security presence. For businesses seeking an alternative to staffing security guards, video monitoring emerges as the ideal solution.

Experience The Difference With Video Monitoring

Ensuring security at a construction site and preventing crime is crucial to protect assets, equipment, materials, and personnel.

Utilizing live remote guards can significantly enhance security at business sites, providing real-time monitoring and response capabilities. Here's a scenario illustrating how a live remote guard catches a suspicious person at a business site.

A live remote guard stationed at a monitoring center receives an alert indicating suspicious activity at a business site. This triggers an immediate response from the remote guard.

Call Guardian Security to Learn More

To discuss your business security needs and how video monitoring can fulfill them, call Guardian Security. We proudly provide video monitoring to businesses throughout Washington state. 

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