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How body cams sup­port secu­ri­ty personnel

1. Sep­tem­ber 2020

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Body cams are no lon­ger only used by the poli­ce, but are also very popu­lar in public trans­port 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 — also the “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 per­son being filmed can see them­sel­ves on the body-cam dis­play during the record­ing, which is inten­ded to have an addi­tio­nal deter­rent effect. 

Ver­läss­li­che Beweissicherung

As much as we would like it to, body cams unfor­tu­n­a­te­ly can­not pre­vent all ass­aults on secu­ri­ty per­son­nel. Often, secu­ri­ty per­son­nel have a hard time pro­ving inci­dents so that trou­ble­ma­kers face the con­se­quen­ces for their actions.
The body cam can help pre­ser­ve evi­dence in many ways. For one, the came­ra has the same ang­le of view as the human eye, and with its 165° wide ang­le, it films even smal­ler details of the inci­dent. 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 gathe­ring can also have ano­t­her posi­ti­ve effect in the long run: Trou­ble­ma­kers who­se vide­os have alrea­dy been befo­re the court, allow them­sel­ves so quick­ly no more misstep.

Emer­gen­cy but­ton on the body cam

Some secu­ri­ty staff 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 if desi­red. The para­me­di­cs are infor­med of the exact loca­ti­on of the per­son see­king help and can react quickly. 

Flash­light function

Of cour­se, secu­ri­ty staff 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 torch func­tion with which filmed per­sons can be easi­ly reco­gnis­ed 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 torch. The body cam can be con­ve­ni­en­t­ly atta­ched to the waist­coat or uni­form and pro­vi­des two free hands.

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