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Proactive vs. Reactive Deterrence Systems

Updated: May 24




A proactive deterrence system makes remote security possible and incredibly effective. As the available technology evolves, businesses are increasingly recognizing the value of proactive deterrence.


Recording for the sake of prosecution is no longer a satisfactory option for customers when better crime prevention methods are available. When crimes occur, insurance costs skyrocket, business operations are put on hold for prosecution, and the business suffers a loss of reputation and profits.


Additionally, the pandemic caused supply chain shortages that increased the value of goods, and crime skyrocketed as a result. In-person, security guards were mostly restricted from working during the lockdown, which meant that there was very little protection from business premises during the pandemic.


Proactive deterrence systems became more and more enticing solutions. Let's find out more about these systems and their wide-ranging benefits.


Reactive vs. Proactive Deterrence System


Traditional security systems use methods like closed-circuit television systems to record the crimes that are committed. These systems allow authorities to monitor surveillance and retrieve recordings, but they do very little to deter crime and vandalism.


Authorities will find recordings useful as evidence after the crime has happened. But by the time a criminal has been identified, the damage to the property and the business has already been done. The business has lost valuable inventory, revenue, and reputation while the authorities struggle to find and prosecute the culprit. These traditional forms of security are called reactive deterrence systems. These systems only react to crime; they do not prevent it.


Protecting people, assets, and the business's best interests should be the goal of every security system, and a proactive security system is the best way to achieve these goals.


A proactive deterrence system aims to deter criminals before they can commit a crime. Smart technology and innovative security measures make this system increasingly effective in deterring criminals.


How does a Proactive Deterrence System Work?


A proactive deterrence system essentially lets criminals know that someone is watching them. It strips away their anonymity. It is much easier for criminals to commit a crime under cover of darkness where they are not observed and can remain unknown.


Proactive systems deter crime by removing this anonymity. There are several measures that the system can take to ensure that the criminal knows they will not remain anonymous and free if they step foot on the premises.


There are several elements to installing a successful proactive deterrence system.

1. Deter potential offenders by placing cameras. Criminals know that they are being watched with visible cameras and signage. Including signage is an important factor in deterring crime with security cameras.

2. Alert police or fast responders effectively through live monitoring agents who use state-of-the-art AI and continuous surveillance to monitor properties live.

3. Just like reactive systems, proactive security can also provide evidence to identify suspects and witnesses by recording criminals in the act.

4. Create a safe environment for employees and customers to feel protected while on the premises.


Live Monitoring Agents and Proactive Security


Today's modern technology allows AI to be an important support for creating a proactive deterrence system. The camera can see the threat, and the software can interpret the risk and trigger a response.


Live monitoring agents are a major part of increasing the effectiveness of proactive systems as the system's efficiency is ensured with a human overview.


The live monitoring agents can trigger a proactive response on the property, even though they are located in a remote location. Each system can be programmed differently, but a few essential features make for an effective proactive security system.


1. Audio deterrence - aloud voice of warning can be deployed to warn the intruders that they have been identified on the property and the police are on the way.

2. An off-camera person can interact with the camera's sound system to engage with the potential threat in real-time response.

3. Bright lights can be activated by sound or motion or live monitoring agents.

4. An alarm can be sounded to ward off intruders.


Smart Technology in a Proactive Deterrence System


Proactive responses are often triggered through AI. Artificial Intelligence technology is rapidly improving, but it can still be triggered by a plastic bag blowing in the wind. That is why live monitoring agents are essential to Swissguard's proactive systems, as they prevent false alarms from happening.


AI technology is incredibly efficient. Modern technology allows the cameras and software to identify if a car is nearing the property too many times and raise an alert. It can also register if an individual walks too close to the premises too often. These advances in technology are combatting crime more and more effectively.


Combined with remote monitoring agents, the proactive response of the security system is greatly improved. Agents monitor the live feed from the video through the internet at a monitoring hub. The trained security guards watch the property continuously in a real-time video and can initiate proactive preventative measures from afar.


Despite the presence of security cameras, some criminals may find the premises too enticing to resist. The interactive measures that a proactive system can deploy are often what is needed to deter criminals. Additionally, these systems can actively aid local law enforcement with capturing criminals in real time by monitoring their activity throughout the criminal acts.


The Effectiveness of a Proactive Deterrence System


In almost every movie with a security guard, they're shown to be ineffective, asleep on the job, or very easy to mislead. While movies are fictional, these onsite security characteristics are often all too true.


Who monitors the live security guard in the middle of the night while on duty? Who monitors the other side of the property while the security guard is on patrol? What could happen to the security guard while attempting to defend the property? Security guards are a huge liability if they hurt someone while protecting the property or are hurt themselves.


These issues can be mitigated by combining a proactive security system with live monitoring agents.


1. Live monitoring agents who watch the cameras cannot fall asleep on the job because they work in a watch center that trained and experienced professionals manage.

2. Every part of the premises is constantly surveilled in real time.

3. Remote security guards mitigate the liability as there is no one for the criminals to encounter while on the property.



Proactive deterrence systems are the security solution that businesses should be pursuing. The benefits of these systems outcompete reactive security systems, and that is why Swissguard offers these systems to customers. Lower costs, reduced insurance rates, better coverage, and more efficient services are all a part of the proactive security solutions that Swissguard implements and maintains.

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