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Have you ever thought about whether you should get a surveillance system or security system? Do you know the difference? Or the benefits of one versus the other? Let’s discuss and let HSI help determine what is best for you and your business. Surveillance systems are very useful for detecting, recording, and deterring any unwanted activity, but require a person constantly watching them for immediate actions to be taken. Security systems are more conducive to stopping a crime before it happens and alerts authorities in real time rather than after the fact. So, what are the pros and cons of security system and surveillance system?


Surveillance System Pros:

  • Improve public safety – Surveillance cameras put in public places like entry and exit points, and parking lots provide excellent surveillance solutions both in preventing and deterring crimes.

  • Reduce crime rates in public areas – It’s unlikely for an individual to commit a crime when they know there is a surveillance camera that could catch them in the act. Moreover, in case of any suspicion of a crime occurrence at a given place, the area can be cleared as a precaution.

  • Convenient monitoring from anywhere – Surveillance cameras are very efficient since you can easily access the camera feed on the internet or even on your smartphone.

Surveillance System Cons:

  • Costly to install – This is a one of the drawbacks of surveillance system use since they often require a full system purchase. Additionally, repairs to these systems can sometimes be expensive.

  • Complex to use – If you are not a tech-savvy individual then you might find it difficult to use some of the top-quality systems on the market.

  • Abuse of surveillance systems – Surveillance cameras placed in public places can often times be seen and damaged

Now let’s talk about the pros and cons of a Security System.


Security System Pros:

  • Hinder crime – This is a great solution for vulnerable areas in and around your property and can help keep your office or home from being an easy target.

  • Observing scenarios and activities – Security cameras can be placed anywhere as long as there is power source nearby. Depending on your needs, you can install either mountable or hidden cameras to help monitor the activities of people visiting your property. This is an excellent way to detect and keep track of dubious visitors.

  • Pick up and assemble evidence – Strategically installed cameras are perfect for monitoring people’s words and actions. Plus, with the improvement of technology, modern cameras are equipped with high-quality audio and video ability for recording and documenting events.

Security System Cons:

  • Costs – Some security systems can be costly to install and maintain depending on the features, the number of cameras, and monitoring systems.

  • Vulnerability – Advancements in technology have led criminals and other intruders to be more tech-savvy, which enable them to identify real or dummy cameras and work out ways to disable or disconnect the power source of the cameras.

  • Privacy compromise – Security cameras have created controversies across the board, especially in the professional sectors. Oftentimes, employees cite them as an invasion of privacy, or take their presence as an implication that their employer doesn’t trust them.

Surveillance and Security systems both have a lot to offer. What truly matters is that you get the system that is right for you and your company. HSI offers both surveillance and security systems and we would love to help you determine what works best for you.


Visit our site today, and take the comprehensive 60 sec security quiz to help you get started. From there, one of our security specialists will work directly with you to tailor your security needs.




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