In this month’s video, we caught a thief with his arms full of other people’s mail.
Around 1:30 in the morning, a Stealth Monitoring security operator saw someone pry open a large front panel on a mailbox at a Houston apartment community. The suspect began emptying the contents of the mailbox into a large garbage bag. He abruptly stopped, slammed the panel shut and walked away. The individual returned later to pick up where he had left off, quickly filling his trash bag with other people’s mail.
Satisfied that he had collected all he could from that section, he shut the panel and moved down the line. The suspect pried open another panel and went to work removing the mail.
While all of this was taking place, our operator continued watching and called to dispatch Houston police. Officers arrived while the suspect was holding an armful of parcels. They placed him in handcuffs and escorted him from the property.
In this technologically advanced age we live in, mail theft is a low-tech way to garner other people’s private information. Stealing mail is a federal offense and could result in the thief spending time in federal prison. It could also result in a litany of problems for its victims.
Help safeguard your mailroom and other common areas with a proactive security solution like live video monitoring. Trained security operators monitor analytics-based surveillance cameras in real time to watch your property when you’re not there and help deter unwanted behavior. If they see something suspicious, they can quickly assess the situation and act accordingly. This could mean activating an on-site speaker warning and/or calling to dispatch local authorities.
In many cases, first responders will arrive on the property while the suspects are still there or in the area. As a result, our live video monitoring facilitates in 500 or more arrests every year.