Car prowls are crimes of opportunity. Thieves scour parking lots and garages for unlocked vehicles, looking for anything they can quickly take. These crimes can often lead to more egregious acts including identify theft and even stolen vehicles.
Just after 4:00 in the morning, a Stealth Monitoring security operator spotted a silver sedan pulling into a parking spot at a California apartment community. One individual exited the car, while another person and a dog remained inside. The suspect began walking around the parking lot trying to access door handles.
It appeared he managed to take some items from one of the vehicles. He returned to his car to put them in the trunk, then continued on his search around the lot.
Our operator, still monitoring the situation, called to dispatch police. Just as the suspect was re-entering his car, officers arrived and pulled in behind it. The individual was placed under arrest.
While vehicle break-ins directly impact your residents and guests, they can also harm your property’s reputation. If people don’t feel safe in your community, they may look for a safer place to live.
A proactive security solution like live video monitoring can help protect your property and the people who live and work in it. Trained security operators monitor analytics-based surveillance cameras in real time to watch out for suspicious activity. If they see anything outside of the pre-programmed parameters, they can act immediately.
In this video, our monitoring operator saw the suspect trying to access vehicles and immediately contacted the local authorities. When police receive a call from Stealth, they know we are watching crimes in progress, so they typically elevate the priority level. This often results in officers arriving on the scene while the suspects are still there.
Help keep your residents safe and your community’s reputation intact with a proactive security solution like live video monitoring. It’s more effective and up to 60 percent less than the cost of a courtesy patrol. Want to learn more? Contact us.