Do you work in the security industry and need that extra layer of due diligence? Protect yourself with a Body Cam.
Working as a Door Supervisor or a similar role within the security industry has many risks ranging from verbal abuse to assault. With the advent of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in 2004 came many layers of regulation and protection not just for the door superisor but for the public also. Door supervisors and security personel must be trained to an industry standard and as such be licenced by the SIA and carry a visable licence (door badge) at all times whilst undertaking the activities and responsibilities of a door supervisor.
The new regulations gave the public a greater sense of trust in door supervisors knowing that they were not only well trained but licenced too. Any miscomnduct by a door supervisor would result in the revocation of their licence and ultimatly the inabilty to work in that role. Door supervisor and premises rely on CCTV to prove the due diligence of their door supervisors but unfortunately CCTV cannot cover every corner or record every conversation. Where CCTV falls down, Body Cameras step up.
What are Body Cams?
Body worn video (BWV), also known as body cameras and body-worn cameras, is a video recording system that is typically utilised by security personel to record their interactions with the public or gather video evidence at crime scenes. It has been known to increase both officer and citizen accountability. Parking inspectors in particular areas also wear these devices to capture an assault or offense. BWVs are notable because of their placement, often on the front of a shirt, provides a first-person perspective and a complete chain of evidence. BWV is a form of closed-circuit television. The definition used in a market survey prepared for the United States Department of Justice in 2016 is that body worn cameras "are cameras with at least one microphone and internal data storage, and allow audio/video footage to be stored and analyzed with compatible software. The cameras are typically located on the security operatives chest or head".
The Benefits of Body Cameras
Supports the lone worker or security personel, promotes confidence and provides a tangible backup in confrontational situations.
Moderates behaviour and encourages compliance through heightened awareness.
Verbal articulation that recording has commenced often prompts modified behaviour by both parties and de-escalates a situation.
Creates peace of mind and reduces verbal and physical attacks on security workers.
Contributes significantly to the drive for transparency and accountability in the public arena.
Provides verifiable audio/video reporting including an overview of the scene, time-stamp, verbal exchanges, sequence of events and valuable first-account witness statements.
Minimises lengthy descriptive reports and paperwork.
Footage from body-worn video devices is admissible throughout the judicial chain.
Accelerates the judicial process, by speeding up prosecutions and encouraging early guilty pleas.
Members of the public are less likely to make spurious complaints against workers.
All the above improve worker working conditions and promote mental well-being in vulnerable staff.
The combined benefits of body-worn video contribute to efficient workflow and cost-saving.
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