Remote Monitoring for Construction Site Vs On-Site Guards

Construction site security

Remote monitoring for construction site

Remote monitoring for an ideal construction site’s security protocol would comprise team that works directly with onsite patrol guards. But only a few site owners can afford both remote monitoring and onsite guards at once.

In aspects like response time and physical presence, patrol guards might to have the upper hand in many situations. However, the benefits of remote monitoring  especially one from excellent service providers generally outweigh those of patrol guards.

While remote monitoring teams work with a complex technological setup, walkies and batons are the best you can find on guards. Remote monitoring services also considerably decrease the cost of round the clock job site monitoring by monitoring several locations.

Let’s look at a more detailed comparison of the two options:

Response Time

Security guards only rely on what they can see or hear. If they don’t catch sight of something, they may never respond to it. To identify and prevent suspicious activity,  monitoring teams use a variety of technologies, video analytics, motion sensors, alarms, and remote audio systems.

If a situation requires a rapid response from an emergency service or law enforcement, remote monitoring teams are better placed to make timely distress calls.

Human Errors

Since they act based only on what they can see or hear, guards are more prone to misjudging situations. But with a clear view of transpiring events, remote monitoring teams are better off at judging situations on site.

A guard might put himself and others at risk trying to deal with an imminent threat.  But remote monitoring can call for help while giving first responders real time updates to help them assess the situation properly.


Remote monitoring team take turns in viewing centers to keep them manned efficiently round the clock. A guard might decide to take a quick nap on a quiet night with everything looking normal but that might just prove costly.

Guards are also more prone to oversight for many other reasons. Their job could entail a lot, from access control to monitoring camera feeds, and dealing with potential situations. They might struggle to keep track of everything and everywhere on the premises.

Threat actors might take advantage of this, causing distractions that draw away guards as part of their break in plans.

Remote monitoring team on the other hand, can see virtually everything at a glance. They can monitor entry and exit doors, perimeters, driveways, and other areas all from a centralized viewing center.

Even while dealing with a situation in a certain part of the premises, they can still keep firm tabs on everything else on the premises.

Running Cost

Security guards cost a pretty penny. According to, the cost of hiring one security guard falls anywhere between $22,000 to $39,000 per year, or about $20 to $45 per hour. Some experts quote even higher rates, considering potential extra benefits and extra working hours that might be needed on some site.

To boot, most sites might require multiple security personnel. However, you can outsource your site’s security surveillance to a remote monitoring team at a fraction of the cost of guards.

You’ll have your property monitored round the clock, 7 days a week, by trained and certified surveillance experts.

Securing Evidence

Except they work with a surveillance system that maintains video records, patrol guards can hardly provide evidence to help resolve jobsite case. At best, their word-of-mouth can be as good as that of any other witness, including suspects.

With a remote monitoring team, however, you can always rest assured about the availability of the site’s video records. They’ll ensure that events are properly captured and stored.

They’re also well versed with the recording and storage standards that must be met for video evidence to be useful in investigations and prosecutions.

What’s more, evidence from remote monitoring is less likely to be tampered with than those on site. Threat actors might find it easier to break into the storage of surveillance videos on site, compared to evidence secured in a remote location that they can’t even locate not to mention access.

Working With Remote Monitoring and On-Site Guards

In some cases, you might need to work with both remote monitoring and on-site guards for maximum security. They could complement each other, with the remote team providing guards with wider eyesight on every inch of the premises, while the guards provide quick physical response to potential threats on site.

However, not many sites can afford this formidable combination. If you’re faced with a choice between remote monitoring and onsite guards, the jury is in on which is more efficient and cost effective.

Remote monitoring serves you with greater monitoring capabilities at a relatively lower cost. Remote monitoring teams can help you set up a well-rounded camera system that covers every event on your site efficiently and then monitor the camera feed round the clock with trained professional insights and video analytics technology.

They’ll rule out all potential blind spots and oversights that criminals and intruders may seek to exploit.

Need Either or Both of Remote Monitoring and On-Site Guards?

Still undecided between remote monitoring and onsite guards? A meeting with our consultants can shed more light on your needs and what suits you best.

At Aclarity, we work with both remote monitoring teams and on-site patrol guards, crafting a well-rounded security plan for formidable jobsite protection.

Reach out to us today, and we’ll gladly fill you in with whatever you need.


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