Aggressive Suspect Stabbed, Then Arrested
At 2:28 a.m., a man approaches a sedan at an Indianapolis multi-family apartment complex. He tries to open the back door of the car, but is immediately confronted by the car owner, who begins to chase the suspect. The two individuals run around the car and then the dumpster. The male suspect, wearing an orange shirt, pulls one of the plastic headlight covers off the vehicle and throws it at the female car owner. These events are being watched in real time by a trained security operator who calls Indianapolis police.
Many multifamily residential properties hire security guards to monitor their residents and physical assets. But being a guard is a risky occupation since the job requires them to be on the front lines at all times. Often, security guards face the same risks as police officers but without the adequate training, back-up or materials to properly diffuse the situation.
The couple returns to the car whose four doors are wide open. The man pulls an object from the backseat and bangs it on the roof of the sedan. The woman walks away from the car towards the apartment building. The man grabs a bag from the car and runs after her. According to the police report, the suspect was stabbed by the female out of camera view.
Police and an ambulance arrive at the scene. The suspect was treated for his injuries, then taken into custody.
Security guards often work late at night and can encounter situations that can turn volatile at moment’s notice. For some multifamily apartment complexes, the increased risk that comes with having this human presence on-site is too great.
To reduce risk, many apartment properties are turning to live remote video surveillance. This proactive solution provides many of the advantages of security guards at a fraction of the cost. Trained operators can activate speaker warning letting thieves know they are being watched in real-time. If the situation escalates and the suspects show dangerous behavior, they can safely call police from a distance, out of harm’s way.