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Posted by Amy Hite on Jul 10, 2017

Homeless Trespassers Wreak Havoc On Building Security

Apartment building owners and managers are learning they must do more to protect their residents and guests from homeless visitors that can cause property damage. Many clients seek out Stealth Monitoring because their current building security solution is not sufficient. The following quote was featured in the Catch of the Month newsletter: Warehouse Thief Helps Himself & Is Arrested.

“We’ve got a six-story building we just bought and are renovating. The building has a number of nearby homeless shelters and many times, people will break in during the night and sleep inside, usually leaving trash and broken windows.”

– Multifamily Property Owner

Preventing Homeless Trespassing on a College Campus

Security has become a growing problem at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. One trespassing case involved a homeless man disrupting a class. The suspect, armed with a knife, entered a classroom at 8:00am. The vagrant then left the classroom. Local authorities sent alert warnings to students and staff about the homeless trespasser. The Austin Police captured the suspect a few blocks away.

Anyone, whether an innocent visitor or criminal, can easily walk into the classrooms. After hours, some doors on campus are unlocked. Since the incident, students have voiced their desire for increased protection. A spokesperson for the University of Texas said they are considering different ways to increase building security on campus, such as keycard access for some entrances.

The University Police Chief said that there has been an increase in homeless trespassing onto campus. This same kind of crime however is down across the city. In the past two years, APD has tracked just under 8,000 cases of crimes committed by a homeless person. The criminal activity started decreasing after the Austin Police department moved officers to areas that were prone to homeless crime.

The University of Texas in Austin and the renovated six story building owner are not Stealth Monitoring clients.

Stealth Monitoring and UCIT Online are the leaders in live video surveillance in the U.S. and Canada with over 400 employees, 9 offices, and 3 live video monitoring control centers. Stealth proactive video monitoring watches over 15,000 cameras and can detect and deter building security crime in Austin, Texas and cities across the U.S. and Canada while reducing security guard and other expenses. Stealth’s virtual security guard service can reduce or even replace building and property security guards at a fraction of the cost. A remote surveillance Stealth operator can see trespassing and other unusual activity near an apartment building or college campus, activate a speaker warning, and call the local police.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information on proactive security video surveillance to protect your multifamily residential or other commercial property. Visit our web site to see actual videos of criminals being apprehended at a range of commercial businesses.