Does recorded video help computer theft prevention?
In a recent computer theft at a City Hall in Florida, the thieves got away with thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment while on video. The thieves were captured on camera in a video released by police after the city hall burglary had occurred. During the night they had climbed into a dumpster and up a three-story trash chute being used for a renovation of the office building.
They gained access to an office by kicking in a plywood barrier and then methodically went about disconnecting and removing high-end computer monitors used by the building department. They even stole the employee’s sweaters, which they used to wrap the monitors for transport.
Video recording provided no computer theft prevention. The crime was captured on video. But nobody was watching the video live and so it wasn’t stopped. Law enforcement is still attempting to find the thieves and the monitors. The crime resulted in loss of valuable assets and time.
Simply recording the events and reviewing them later for analysis is better than no video at all. But it’s poor theft prevention. It only provides information that can be used after the crime has already occurred. As time passes, the chances for recovering any lost assets or apprehending criminals steadily decreases.
This building is not a client of Stealth Monitoring. Stealth proactive live surveillance provides more effective computer theft prevention security. It can detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator could have seen unusual activity like computer theft, activated an audible warning to deter the thieves, and called the local police.