I am not sure what to think of the article. I really did not get much out of it other then to say I am not sure John Strauch does not know what he's talking about. If he is talking to a true Security Professional who is truly in the Security industry working in his field then John does not know what he’s talking about.
If he is talking to an individual who has the title of security manager and this is merely a collateral duty or part time hat he or she wears when not doing his primary function as properties manager or building engineer then he is right they have no clue what they are asking for or what the final result will be.
Take even the large universities or independent school districts often the director of security is a police officer. Many police officers don’t know what they are talking about when it comes to cameras either. However they are given the title of Security manager or director of security.
A good friend of mine whom I served with in the military for years, is the director of safety and Security for a large Texas College. He is the first person to admit he knows little about Security and lots about Safety.
Even many bank’s and credit unions don’t have a knowledgeable about security. The main reason for this is there is no requirement to put a person in charge of security who knows what they are doing. The bank Protection act of 1968 says the bank must appoint a security officer. In many institutions this person is a senior lender or other banker who has other duties such as finding new clients to bring in revenue not protect the banks assets.
The only point John makes that makes sense is the fact that there is a difference between putting in a system to actively watch for as I like to put it “catch shop lifters” in a retail store such as Target or Wal-Mart and putting up cameras for evidentiary purposes for review later. This has been stated before but another point to bring up is all to often people think they simply can put up a PTZ camera and solve the entire problem and cover an entire scene.
I recall one of my deployments with the military to the Middle East. My mission was to help run a prison set up after 911. During the deployment the prison was receiving some much needed upgrades. One being the planning for a CCTV system. One of the individuals I had to work with was under the impression that if we simply put up ten PTZ’s through out the facility we could cover the entire prison. My plan called for 45 fixed cameras and only 4 PTZ’s. We argued about this point for days. He just did not understand the point that yes a PTZ can be moved to any point in its field of view but the issue was that when it looked in one direction it was not looking in another.
Anyway my point being most true security professionals understand what they are asking for. And the folks John is describing are not security professionals. They are simply wearing the hat along with many others and they probable spend most of their time on the job they know best and which in most cases is not security.