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Remote cameras can be monitored by a service 24/7.

Remote cameras can be monitored by a service 24/7.

"Is it safe?" Do you recall this memorable line in the 1976 classic conspiracy thriller, Marathon Man, with Dustin Hoffman? Is it safe? Is your radio station safe?

According to the Media Security and Reliability Council, radio broadcasting stations “should have appropriate physical security, augmented by security personnel and/or video surveillance at their key facilities, including studios/newsrooms, satellite transmit and receive sites and antenna/transmitter sites.” This is a best-practices measure they are promoting so broadcasters and other mass communication entities protect themselves and their listeners from vulnerabilities in the event of natural and man-made disasters.

But how is a small, remote radio station supposed to afford additional security measures when they can't afford to take on the extra expenses or hassle? There are many factors in evaluating the need for added or updated security, a variety of preventative measures that can be taken to prevent unwanted acts. One of them includes using video surveillance to achieve detection and early response in the event of an intrusion.

Enforcement tools

Law enforcement representatives indicate that surveillance cameras can act as powerful enforcement tools and crime deterrents. The reality for personnel or security staff at a radio station is that they cannot be everywhere at once. By using video surveillance, the staff can be empowered with an extra pair of eyes to both prevent crime and catch criminals in the act.

Surveillance cameras themselves must be in secured locations.

Surveillance cameras themselves must be in secured locations.

Many businesses choose video surveillance as part of their overall security approach because of the nearly conclusive evidence it can create, especially when it comes to prosecuting in court. And they are striving to get the most out of their investment. After all, these are tough times, and you have to maximize your investment.

Some station managers may feel that video surveillance is a luxury, but many will agree that employing it is a necessity. Some facilities do not have much in the way of security other than locks on chains on the fencing that surrounds their transmitting towers. Adding a camera can go a long way toward keeping this type of area secure.

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