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Car Catches Fire in an Apartment Parking Lot

Posted by Blake Mitchell on Sep 14, 2018

Catch of the Month Newsletter: Car Catches Fire in an Apartment Parking Lot

Our security operators call the fire department after they see a parked car at an apartment complex burst into flames.

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Car Catches Fire in an Apartment Parking Lot

Our live video monitoring operators saw a car at a Wichita, Kansas apartment complex with smoke pouring out from under the hood and called the fire department. The smoke quickly turned into flames. In the meantime, two residents ran towards the car carrying fire extinguishers in an attempt to douse the fire, however they were unsuccessful. The car was still on fire when the fire department arrived. The firefighters rolled out the hose and extinguished the blaze.

Using video analytics, trained security operators can be automatically notified of unusual activity at an apartment complex. This can be especially useful in common areas such as mailrooms, laundry facilities, fitness centers, parking lots, as well as places that may be inaccessible to on-site security guards like back alleys and rooftops. Our specialists can design a system that is right for your property and set parameters specific to your needs.

Types of HD Video Surveillance with Night Vision Security Camera Systems
Every effective security system needs reliable cameras. A lower resolution camera may be fine for daytime surveillance but may not be able to adequately protect areas from crime at night. There are a variety of night vision security camera systems on the market. They come in different shapes and sizes and are built with varying capabilities. How do you know what are the best ones for your property?

Although there are some analog security cameras with night vision capabilities, IP surveillance cameras are by far the superior alternative. As stated in a previous blog, IP cameras have better viewing angles and can record and stream higher quality video. This makes it easier to see suspicious activity and find identifying features, especially in low light. Many cameras come with built-in infrared LEDs that allow them to provide clear video in areas with low light. Click here to read the full article.

Video Surveillance Analytics Augments Live Monitoring
Surveillance analytics is used to evaluate patterns and activity. It helps distinguish between a leaf blowing in the wind and an actual security threat. Commercial video surveillance systems integrate intelligent video analytics with their IP security cameras, which are often located at shopping centers, industrial properties, warehouses, car dealerships, multifamily apartment complexes, and other commercial properties.

Security Magazine released an article on surveillance video analytics trends. Using surveillance analytics, live monitoring operators can receive immediate alerts when there is unauthorized activity on a property. This data can be used to update the security of a commercial property. For example, if suspects are seen entering from the same area time after time, a gate or flood light can be installed to help keep them out. Click here to read the full article.

Video Forensics and How It Impacts Surveillance
Video forensics is the examination and comparison of video footage for legal matters. The process enhances, clarifies, or identifies events as they naturally happen. This technique uses non-destructive methods that preserve pixel quality. The video footage is often used as evidence for a criminal investigation or a court case. Video evidence often comes from CCTVs, mobile DVRs, dash cams, body cams, and sometimes from witnesses. A trained expert can use the video analytics to increase the effectiveness of remote video security. Click here to read the full article.