For most security companies, the focus is often on the newest technologies to prevent crime-Night-vision cameras, RFID tracking, thermo-sensors, vehicle permission switches and behavioral analytics software have revolutionized the security industry and are often the hot topics that lead conversations and presentations.

While these technologies are incredibly important and prove their value across the world on a daily basis, it is often the traditional security guard and his or her training that remain the first, last or only line of defense for many organizations across the country, and we don't want to overlook this.

Technology certainly makes enacting security easier and often much more efficient, but at the same time, it takes a human with know-how for any system to be used as effectively as it can be. Security guards, whether integrated with technology or used singularly, are the backbone of keeping ones business, assets and employees safe and secure.

Occasionally, we like to celebrate the successes of these individuals and the revenue that they save their respective organizations through prevention rather than remediation after a crime occurs. One such instance recently occurred a few months ago at Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania when a security guard caught two young men in the process using an unlocked window to steal three school computers valued at $1,700 each. The guard, without hesitation, contacted the police with 'flash information,' which was used by a police officer to identify and arrest the one thief who was not apprehended on site. Although one computer did sustain some damage, the other two computers and all other property remained safe.

This instance teaches several lessons worthy of notice. First, the value of a trained guard. Second, the importance of security-police communication. Security systems by themselves often rely on police answering any set-off alarms, which can sometimes take 5-10 minutes... plenty of time for a criminal to get in and out without getting caught.

It is often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And this saying is almost never more true than when it comes to preventing crime. The difference between the $5,100 of stolen property plus stolen student/teacher/grade data is staggeringly higher than the cost of a guard or security system. That is why I am a huge proponent of prevention over remediation. It saves money, headache and, often, you assets.

So, bring in the guards to get the most from your security system. And of course, periodically check your window locks.

Read more about the incident and the successful prevention here:

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