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Thanks to the federal government’s ambivalence towards legitimizing cannabis’s legal status, securing a legal cannabis business’s premises presents a number of unique difficulties over the typical commercial facility. Whatever security systems companies put into place must strike a balance between physically securing the premises and conforming to extremely rigid and onerous regulations and rules put in place by both local municipalities and insurance underwriters. Much of the time, striking this balance means being forced to choose between active and passive security systems. 

Active systems often utilize manned security elements, including the use of guards to patrol the premises and control access. While these systems actively prevent the business from being targeted by opportunistic criminals, they also present their own dangers as liability concerns, as guards’ perspectives are limited and they can act inappropriately during high-stress situations. 

Passive systems are typically unmanned and always on, which include surveillance equipment and access management systems. These are less likely to present liability threats, but they must follow strict guidelines when installed and provide no ability for the business to respond to an active threat.

An effective security system will incorporate both active and passive elements to capitalize on their advantages while limiting their drawbacks. Thanks to liability concerns, most businesses have had to choose between focusing on over the other, but that choice may be rendered obsolete thanks to new technologies being rolled out.

One such technology and service, proactive video monitoring, has emerged as a game-changer for cannabis facility security. With the specific UL 827b rating for video monitoring, this advanced security solution offers a range of benefits that can greatly enhance security measures in the cannabis industry.

One of the key advantages of proactive video monitoring is its ability to reduce police response times. Security incidents can be detected and assessed in real-time by utilizing cutting-edge technology and strategically placed cameras. This allows for swift communication with law enforcement, enabling faster response and resolution to potential threats.

Cost reduction is another significant advantage of proactive video monitoring. Traditional security measures, such as employing on-site security guards, can be costly and may not always provide round-the-clock coverage. Proactive video monitoring minimizes the need for a large security personnel presence. Remote security experts can monitor multiple cameras simultaneously, efficiently covering vast areas of the facility without compromising on quality or effectiveness. This streamlined approach translates into substantial cost savings for cannabis businesses.

One of the critical aspects of proactive video monitoring is its ability to deter offenders and keep them outside the cannabis facility. The presence of visible surveillance cameras is a strong deterrent, dissuading potential criminals from attempting illegal activities. This creates a safer environment for employees, customers, and valuable assets, reducing the risk of theft, vandalism, or unauthorized access.

Moreover, proactive video monitoring can significantly reduce stakeholder liability. Compared to relying solely on security guards, video evidence provides a clear record of events and potential breaches. This documentation can prove invaluable in insurance claims or legal proceedings, mitigating liability and ensuring a strong defense for the facility and its stakeholders.

Proactive video monitoring expands security coverage by enabling comprehensive surveillance. Advanced analytics and monitoring technology can detect unusual activities, unauthorized access, or suspicious behavior, enabling proactive responses before a situation escalates. This comprehensive coverage ensures no blind spots are left unattended, creating a robust security framework for cannabis facilities.

As with most other elements in a security system, the quality of proactive video monitoring systems is highly dependent on the vendor. Many unscrupulous vendors will leave their monitoring systems unattended or provide inferior equipment to save on costs, leaving cannabis business owners in the lurch. This is where generalized security contractors like Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions (CCSS) come into play.

By working with Cannabis Compliant Security Solutions, you gain access to their network of proven vendors and service providers, which means you can rest easy knowing the equipment and service you’ve paid for are top-quality. If problems do arise, you can simply contact CCSS, which acts as a liaison between your business and the vendors that make up your security system.

Proactive video monitoring when backed by the UL 827b rating offers significant advantages to business owners in the cannabis industry.  CCSS can help you find top-tier vendors for your Proactive video monitoring system and help plan out your installation to provide maximum effect with minimal interruption. Call today!