Vancouver’s dynamic and diverse population often means that we must take the many good people as well as the bad. Part of being a smart business owner is that we have to be vigilant when it comes to crime; security cameras are an integral part of that vigilance. But what happens if a crime is in fact about to take place? Instead of a camera simply showing you what happened after the criminals are long gone, wouldn’t it be nice if the security system itself could have also helped do something to protect your business as it witnessed the criminal misconduct in real time?

What is Live Video Monitoring?

The difference between live video monitoring and passive, conventional video monitoring is quite literally that in the first option, the video is being monitored live; that is to say, there is a person, right here in Vancouver, sitting in front of the video feed actively making sure that everything is the way that it should be. If something doesn’t look right, then the person monitoring the live video makes decisions as to what is appropriate for what is going on: they can contact the authorities, sound the alarm, and warn the potential criminals that they are being watched; ultimately, they help you to retake control of the situation.

No False Alarms

Because security staff are actively monitoring the video feeds in real-time, they stay in direct contact with local law enforcement in case they need to take action. Backed by a rigorous failure detection system, live video monitoring eliminates 100{9d5abb94d4f0b35cd2ea856b5d7ff87416c31db00f6ac8e6c45b71f25f4a819b} of all false alarms – a computer may be fooled, but not a real person! With less false alarms, the authorities also don’t have to waste precious resources on a non-existent crime – or worse, have to make the decision to ignore a real crime.

Help Prevent Crime

We at Black Knight Security feel that every business owner would rather have a crime dealt with, and prevented if possible, rather than just observed after the fact. As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If a crime were to take place, our live video monitoring features a live 2-way audio, which lets us alert intruders that they are being watched before they cause damage. Our multi-layered access control allows remote-management, keeping the good guys in the driver’s seat. Most businesses are more vulnerable at night, when there are fewer people around to witness a crime; having the ability to scare away intruders at all times can mean the difference between your business being robbed or vandalized, or not.

Reduce Security Costs

Live video monitoring may also be a viable, more economical way to reduce the number of security guards that your business requires in order to stay safe. Cut down on salaries, uniforms, and other expenses, and still have the perimeter and interior of your business monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This also can help cover more ground, because a single live video monitor can observe multiple cameras’ wide areas, rather than what a security guard can see just on his own. You can also use live video monitoring to add man-power to hard-to-reach areas like rooftops.

Give Yourself Peace of Mind

A security system is only as good as it works when you need it; don’t take chances with the business that you work so hard for. Active surveillance, rather than passive recording, can potentially mean the difference between keeping your business safe or cleaning up the aftermath of crime. Trust the experienced live video monitoring professionals at Black Knight Security to help ensure that Vancouver’s crime and perpetrators of unwanted acts and behaviours take their vandalism, harassment, and theft elsewhere. Email us at, or call us toll-free at 1-855-618-0151 and locally at 604-618-0151.