Securing Cities and Municipalities

City and municipalities across the U.S. are facing unprecedented times as we continue to emerge from the pandemic and deal with the current economic climate. Already a prime target for excessive loitering and vandalism, city buildings, such as libraries and parks, are a prime resting spot for those who are unhoused and others who might use the locations for things like panhandling or even more nefarious activities. Setting up encampments, or using the shelter of buildings, alley ways and dumpster areas presents an added challenge of keeping the buildings clean and more importantly providing a sense of safety for employees and citizens alike.


City Buildings


Parks and Recreations

Vehicle/Fleet Yards

Common Challenges

A few common challenges facing City Buildings, Parks and Recreations, and Vehicle/Fleet Yards (like public transportation depots):

  • Expensive Guard Services
  • Budget limitations
  • Vandalism and Graffiti
  • Homeless Encampments
  • Aggressive Panhandling
  • Extensive Loitering

Live Guards and Traditional Security Options Are Failing

The two most common security options cities have turned to — passive video surveillance systems and on-site security guards — are no longer viable options.

Traditional video security solutions such as video surveillance and video verification only respond to or monitor criminal activity; they do not prevent it. Additionally, with these solutions, whether or not there is an actual threat, they will dispatch to law enforcement, potentially costing the city additional fees and valuable resources.

On-site guards and drive-by patrol services are more costly than ever and present additional challenges. Guard services are limited in their effectiveness, they are only human after all. Guards cannot be everywhere at once, so they may not be in the right place at the right time when an incident is happening. Furthermore, guards are often there to observe and report, not to intervene. Paying thousands of dollars per month for guard services that can only respond to incidents, not prevent them, isn’t the best solution.

Contact us to discuss how Netwatch can help keep your CITY BUILDINGS safe and secure!

The Better Way to Secure City Properties

When it comes to security for cities and municipalities, the most effective solution is Netwatch Proactive Video Monitoring (PVM).

Proactive Video Monitoring is not like traditional monitoring. With PVM, it’s possible to intervene before the crime happens, and prevent it from occurring. This differs from traditional monitoring, which is reactive – meaning no action is taken until during or after a crime has taken place. This can have severe consequences as theft, vandalism, violence, and other criminal activity can devastate your business financially.

With the myriad of threats to city and municipality locations, using traditional video surveillance only to create a record of an incident or notify authorities of what turns out to be a false alarm is no longer good enough. Netwatch PVM identifies suspicious activity or unwanted behavior the moment it’s detected and deters the intruders with live, personalized audio warnings and immediate calls to law enforcement.

Furthermore, our intelligent detection solution provides a 24/7, 365-day security guard, reducing the need for hiring security guards, potentially saving you 70-80% annually.

With over 125,000 crimes prevented to date, Netwatch Proactive Video Monitoring is the proven way to protect your retail business.


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