Body cams are no lon­ger only used by the poli­ce, but are also very popu­lar in mass tran­sit and with more and more pri­va­te secu­ri­ty com­pa­nies. But how exact­ly can the small high-tech came­ra sup­port secu­ri­ty per­son­nel in their dai­ly work?

De-Escala­ti­on Of High-Con­flict Situations

It is well known that body cams increase secu­ri­ty in public spaces — inclu­ding “per­cei­ved secu­ri­ty”. They are main­ly used pre­ven­tively and are inten­ded to have a de-escala­ting effect in con­flict situa­tions, so that trou­ble­ma­kers refrain from vio­lent actions. To enhan­ce the de-escala­ti­on effect, our body cam has a front dis­play inclu­ding a mir­ror func­tion. The film­ed per­son sees hims­elf during the recor­ding on the body cam dis­play, which should have an addi­tio­nal deter­rent effect.

Relia­ble Pre­ser­va­ti­on Of Evidence

As much as we would like it, body cams unfort­u­na­te­ly can­not pre­vent all assaults on secu­ri­ty per­son­nel. Often, secu­ri­ty per­son­nel have a hard time pro­ving inci­dents so trou­ble­ma­kers face the con­se­quen­ces for their actions.
The body cam can help with evi­dence in many ways. For one thing, the came­ra has the same ang­le of view as the human eye and, with its 165° wide ang­le, films even smal­ler details of the event. On the other hand, the pre-recor­ding func­tion expands the evi­dence: Here, the events are alre­a­dy recor­ded two minu­tes befo­re recor­ding beg­ins and auto­ma­ti­cal­ly dis­card­ed if the mate­ri­al is not nee­ded. In dicey situa­tions, the pre-recor­ding of the inci­dent can be important and thus also secu­res recor­dings if a secu­ri­ty guard can­not switch on the body cam quick­ly enough.

Due to the encrypt­ed trans­mis­si­on of the recor­ding mate­ri­al and the asso­cia­ted assu­rance that vide­os are pro­tec­ted from mani­pu­la­ti­on and access by third par­ties, body cam recor­dings can be used in court. Thus, body cam recor­dings are more valuable than any tes­tim­o­ny reci­ted from memo­ry and sup­port secu­ri­ty per­son­nel in brin­ging per­pe­tra­tors to jus­ti­ce, becau­se: the foo­ta­ge does not lie and reflects the real events of the situa­ti­on.
This type of evi­dence coll­ec­tion can also have ano­ther posi­ti­ve effect in the long run: trou­ble­ma­kers who­se vide­os have alre­a­dy been pre­sen­ted in court will not be so quick to make ano­ther misstep.

Emer­gen­cy But­ton On The Body Cam

Some secu­ri­ty employees work in a one-man shift depen­ding on the situa­ti­on. If an inci­dent occurs and the secu­ri­ty guard is inju­red, an emer­gen­cy call can be made direct­ly via the body cam. Such an emer­gen­cy but­ton — com­pa­ra­ble to a dome­stic emer­gen­cy call — can be atta­ched to your body cam on request. The para­me­dics are infor­med of the exact loca­ti­on of the per­son see­king help and can respond quickly.

Flash­light Feature

Of cour­se, secu­ri­ty per­son­nel do not only work during the day. Espe­ci­al­ly at night, con­flicts with, for exam­p­le, hea­vi­ly into­xi­ca­ted per­sons beco­me more fre­quent. Here, too, the body cam must pro­vi­de relia­ble recor­dings. Our body cam the­r­e­fo­re has a flash­light func­tion that can be used to record film­ed per­sons in a cle­ar­ly reco­gnizable way even in the dark.

This func­tion can also be prac­ti­cal when guar­ding exten­si­ve are­as at night, as paths are illu­mi­na­ted and per­son­nel do not need an addi­tio­nal flash­light. The body cam can be con­ve­ni­ent­ly atta­ched to the vest or uni­form and pro­vi­des two free hands.

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