At 5:27am masked shopping center thieves walked behind a building outside of direct sight. The first suspect climbed a ladder to get to the roof. Trained Monitoring Stealth operators activated the speaker and called the police. The two masked shopping center thieves ran away. The local police responded to the Stealth call and drove through the shopping center. The suspects had left the property.
WATCH THE VIDEO: Masked Shopping Center Thieves Deterred by Speaker
Criminals know that rooftops typically are not protected, unlike stores that may have cameras and alarms. The roof provides easy access through hatches and vents to masked shopping center thieves to stores below.
Masked shopping center thieves also attack roofs for HVAC system copper. This can also happen at drug stores and pharmacies. The heating and air conditioning system can be stolen whole or stripped of its copper. HVAC units cost over $10,000 to replace. A shopping center may have several HVAC systems. Copper theft may be covered by insurance. But policies have deductibles and increasingly exclude metals. HVAC damage is both expensive and inconveniences tenants.
Shopping centers seeking to improve security often expand security guard presence, including more coverage hours and more guards on foot or in cars. However security guards are expensive. Each guard can only be in one place at a time. Live video surveillance watching multiple cameras can provide more effective shopping center protection for much less cost.
Stealth Monitoring is a leader in proactive live surveillance with over 9,000 video cameras watched nationwide. Real-time video monitoring can detect and deter crime in Dallas and the U.S., while reducing security guard and other expenses. A Stealth operator can see unusual activity like the masked shopping center thieves in this video, activate a speaker warning to deter the thieves, and call the local police.
Please contact Stealth today for more information. Visit our web site to see actual videos of masked shopping center thieves and criminals being apprehended at shopping centers, pharmacies, and drug stores.