3 Must-Have Elements of a Hotel Security System
A hotel’s number one priority should be the safety of its guests and its employees. One of the best ways to protect your hotel and the people in it is with a security system that is installed and maintained by a professional alarm company.
However, not all security systems are created equal and might be lacking the capabilities for some of the things that a hotel needs, like: managed access control, a variety of camera types and video verification.
Does your current security system have these elements? If not, you might want to consider making some upgrades. Read on to learn what you can do to take your hotel’s security to the next level.
1. An Access Control System
An access control system is a group of devices that work together to manage and control who is allowed entrance to a facility. They identify individuals who have access to a facility based on their credentials and permission levels.
There are a number of components that can be used as a part of an access control system including:
- HID proximity key cards
- Photo ID badges
- Key fobs
- Video surveillance (CCTV)
You can set up a system to manage and control which staff members have access to guest rooms and certain staff only locations. Also, depending on the layout of your facility and your needs, the system can be used to provide guests and employees access to common areas like gyms, pools, and parking lots.
2. A Variety of Different Cameras in Different Locations
Security cameras are not a one size fits all security tool, different types of cameras work best in different applications. For example, a camera with night vision capabilities might be needed if you want to add a little extra security to a parking lot. It’s best to used specialized cameras placed throughout your hotel in order to have optimal coverage and video surveillance capabilities.
On occasion if there are extenuating circumstances, like burglaries or other security issues, additional cameras need to be deployed. A customer of ours experienced this first-hand. They were dealing with a series of burglaries where someone was entering rooms at night and stealing guest property. These thefts were occurring despite the fact that the rooms were occupied. Hotel security was unable to determine the method of theft, so they came to us.
We developed a mobile, low light, motion activated camera solution that could be placed in a guest room and wirelessly transmit alarm and surveillance footage. A decoy suite was set up and shortly afterwards, the burglar was arrested. He was caught crawling into the room through an outside window.
3. A Video Verification System
Having the police or fire department come to your hotel to investigate what turns out to be a false alarm notification can be expensive. But with a video verification system, the authorities will only be dispatched if it is a real emergency; saving you time and money.
A video verification system works much like a traditional monitored alarm system. When an intrusion device is tripped, a video clip of the event is recorded and sent to a central monitoring center. The monitoring center operator then views the video clip for suspicious human activity.
If the operator determines they see suspicious human activity on the video, they notify the police stating they have seen a video-verified event. Police are dispatched to the scene prepared to handle whatever situation they encounter.
Each hotel and it’s security needs are different, get a security partner who can help you create the perfect solution for your unique needs. Here at Supreme Security Systems we are experts in the hotel security space. We work with a number of hotels across New Jersey. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for your facility, contact us today!