4 Benefits of US-Based Security Monitoring.
US-based security monitoring and offshore security monitoring represent two distinct approaches to safeguarding property. US-based monitoring services often come with the advantage of proximity, compliance with local regulations, and a higher level of trust due to stricter data protection standards. This approach is preferred by many organizations seeking to ensure their sensitive data remains within the country’s borders and under the jurisdiction of US laws.
In contrast, offshore security monitoring services are typically more cost-effective, offering competitive pricing due to lower labor and operational expenses in countries with lower living costs. However, they may raise concerns related to data privacy, compliance with international regulations, and potential communication challenges.
The choice between these options depends on an organization’s specific needs, risk tolerance, and regulatory requirements.
As a leader in the security industry, AMAROK has experience (or customers who have experience) with both domestic security monitoring and offshore monitoring.
We elaborate on the four benefits of US-based security monitoring below:
1. Strict Data Protection Standards
American security monitoring companies are held to strict data protection standards primarily due to a combination of federal and state regulations as well as industry best practices.
Most US-based security monitoring companies often adhere to widely recognized security standards like ISO27001 or NIST Cybersecurity Framework. These standards provide guidelines for implementing comprehensive security controls and risk management practices.
Most American security monitoring companies uphold standards for:
- data encryption
- incident response
- employee training
Compliance with data protection regulations helps protect your privacy rights, mitigate the risk of data breaches, and avoid legal consequences. It also demonstrates the company’s reputation for data security and ethics.
The advantage of proximity with US-based security monitoring lies in the geographical closeness of the security operation to your physical location.
Inherently closer proximity can mean faster response in the event of a security incident. This is especially critical for situations like alarm triggers, breaches, or emergencies where swift action is required to mitigate damage or losses.
Proximity also enables more effective real-time communication between the monitoring team and your business. Direct and immediate interaction can enhance the efficiency of response, as there is minimal delay in relaying information and coordinating actions.
US-based security monitoring companies can readily dispatch on-site personnel or resources if needed. This level of accessibility ensures that physical security measures, such as law enforcment or technicians can be deployed promptly to address issues.
3. Compliance with Local Regulations
US-based security monitoring companies must comply with a variety of local, state, and federal regulations to operate legally and provide services. Compliance is essential for legal obligations, customer trust, and maintaining their competitive advantage in the US market.
Licensing, permitting and certifications
Typically, American monitoring companies obtain licenses and certifications at the local and state levels to demonstrate they meet specific requirements, such as having qualified staff, proper equipment, and adherence to relevant codes and standards.
Alarm monitoring regulations
Additionally, many US states and municipalities have regulations governing the use of alarm systems, including false alarm reduction programs and fines for excessive false alarms. Security monitoring companies must comply with these regulations. Compliance with alarm monitoring regulations helps reduce false alarms, which can strain local law enforcement resources. It also helps maintain a positive relationship with emergency services and local authorities.
Security monitoring companies often adhere to industry-specific standards and best practices, such as those set by organizations like the Underwriters Labratory Certification, Electronic Security Association (ESA) or the National Fire Protection Association. Following these standards ensures that the monitoring company’s services are of high quality and meet recognized benchmarks. It also showcases expertise and commitment to professionalism.
Customer contracts and agreements
As with most American businesses, contracts outline service terms, fees, and obligations. Compliance with these contractual agreements is backed by the US legal system. It’s in the monitoring company’s best interest to fulfill contractual obligations to ensure customer satisfaction, reduce disputes, and lead to long-term customer relationships and referrals.
Some regulations require security monitoring companies to report certain incidents or activities to local authorities or regulatory agencies. Compliance with reporting requirements ensures transparency and helps local authorities respond appropriately to incidents, enhancing public safety.
Liability and insurance
Finally, compliance with local regulations may also involve maintaining adequate liability insurance coverage, which is crucial in the event of legal claims of damages. Insurance coverage helps protect the company’s financial interests and provides a safety net in case of unexpected liabilities.
These local regulations are essential for US-based security monitoring companies but the same cannot be said for all offshore monitoring companies who may only be required to meet their country’s standards.
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4. Enhanced Brand Value
While your customers may not consider the specific benefits of US-based security monitoring, most American consumers have pre-established trust in US-based businesses. Trust that a partnership will undoubtedly have a positive impact on your brand.
You can leverage your partnership with a US-based security monitoring company to promote your brand’s dedication to quality, safety, and security. This is sure to differentiate your brand from competitors and attract customers.
Monitor Your Perimeter 24/7.
Our customers know first-hand the value of US-based security monitoring. AMAROK’s central security professionals align with the latest in monitoring standards to deliver quality service for our customers. Our monitoring team gains even more efficiency through our layered approach to security solutions. With FORTIFEYE™, when your electric perimeter fence is breached, your cameras immediately jump into action recording criminal activity at the site of the breach to a live feed. Our remote video monitoring team verifies the alarm, helping ensure law enforcement has what they need to respond to and notifying you accordingly.
Interested in learning more about our security solutions and remote monitoring? Connect with your local representative.