Remote Surveillance Vs. Onsite Security: What’s the Big Difference?

One of the big considerations with security systems at car lots is whether it makes sense to go with remote surveillance or onsite security. You want to know your lot is protected as best as possible, but which option is right for your dealership?

Remote commercial security systems offer a number of advantages. Here are some of the reasons they are the way to go:


There is a big financial benefit to using security cameras. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual wage for security guards is around $28,000 a year. If you’re in an area with a higher cost of living or your dealership wants more experienced guards, you’ll pay even more. While the cost of commercial video surveillance systems will vary depending on the options you choose and size of your property, typically a monitored system will be between 15-25% less than unarmed guards and even more should you use armed guards.


The safety of security guards is always on the line, because you never know what they’re going to face. When suspicious activity is detected, it may not be obvious what is happening and just how dangerous the situation might be in the end. Will the people they encounter be violent or armed?

With remote surveillance, security professionals can use live security cameras to assess the situation from a distance. If these professionals detect a problem, they can communicate with potential criminals on the premises using audio capabilities, letting them know police will be called if they do not leave the lot immediately. All of this is done off-site, so there is zero risk to security staff and police can be given important information when approaching the site.

Coverage Area

No matter how skilled on-site guards are at their work, they simply can’t be in all places at once. While guards are checking doors on your building, there may be someone up to no good in a corner of your lot. On larger lots, criminals will watch the patterns and act when the guard is not in an area of interest to them.

With security cameras throughout your premises, you know that criminals will be seen and all corners of the property are monitored at all times. Prompt action can be taken before there is damage or theft.


No system or guard is perfect and often criminals can move faster than authorities can respond to a location.  In addition, people don’t always have the best of memories, so it’s easy for security guards to make mistakes. They might not accurately recall a thief’s description or license plate numbers on a fleeing vehicle, for example.

With people watching security cameras on your lot and systems in place to record activity, those valuable finer details are conveyed correctly to police. It’s much clearer whom police need to track down, improving the chances officers can find those targeting your business.

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