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The Downtown San Diego Partnership released new numbers that show the homeless population count soaring by more than 60% since the onset of the pandemic. Homeless encampments are illegal in many of our cities, but San Diego County stopped enforcing laws against “illegal lodging and encroachment” in 2020. 

A Strategic Response that Deters Homeless Activity 

If establishments hope to survive the spring and summer, the surge in street homelessness calls for a strategic response from the entire San Diego business community. Pioneer Security can help, with a live remote guard service that can help you deter homeless loitering, public indecency and overnight encampments.  

Unlike the reactive security that traditional CCTV surveillance provides, this live watch security service is a proactive solution that can stop these activities around your storefront before they even start. Here’s how.  

Intelligent Live Watch Security to Prevent Gathering

Unless passive CCTV recording, live remote guarding leverages artificial intelligence and human intervention to prevent homeless encampments from forming. If homeless individuals begin to gather after business hours in the purview of your cameras, the AI will quickly determine that the motion being captured is caused by human intruders. The cameras send the video to the hub, where your live remote guard will be ready to intervene. 

The response of your guard will be dictated by instructions you have provided. If the response is to issue a warning through the built-in speakerphone, this can be an effective way to disperse homeless intruders from setting up camp. Typically, this prevents them from returning — and, they’re likely to spread the word that your sidewalk is not the place to take up residence. 

Strengthening Law Enforcement Partnership

Live remote guarding can be an important tool for building a partnership with law enforcement. When police know that your site is being monitored by live watch security, they understand that any calls they receive for your location have been video verified. This elevates your event to a priority police response, because they trust that a legitimate crime is in progress. With no end to the homelessness crisis in sight, businesses need the support of law enforcement; this live remote guarding service can help strengthen that partnership. 

Contact Pioneer Security to Learn More 

In addition to our live remote guard service, Pioneer Security is offering a special referral offer for new customers. When you sign up for our intrusion alarm monitoring service, you can receive three months of free security monitoring (a value of $100). Ask us about the powerful combination of a live remote guard and intrusion alarm protecting your business. We’ll be glad to tell you more. 


Whether your security needs are for your home, small business, or corporation, Pioneer Security Services has the products and industry experience you need to ensure your safety and peace of mind. Our clients appreciate our hands-on approach to service. You are never just an account number at Pioneer Security. We take pride in pampering our clients with personal service that goes above and beyond expectations. 

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