WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, reported dozens of people were displaced from their home when a fire swept through a condo building, just weeks before the holidays. Luckily no one was hurt in the four-alarm blaze. That is thanks in part to the quick action of a trained Stealth Monitoring security operator.
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Shortly before 1:00 a.m., our operator saw a large amount of smoke pouring out of one of the units. The monitoring operator immediately contacted Dallas Fire-Rescue. In addition, the on-site security guard and the property’s main point of contact were called and alerted of the activity. Firefighters arrived and battled the blaze for several hours. Because of damage sustained by fire, smoke and water, officials determined the building is uninhabitable and would have to be torn down.
This entire incident, while very tragic, could have been much worse. Ninety people are without a place to live. However, there were no injuries. Although the fire began in the middle of the night when most people were asleep, they all managed to escape unharmed.
As soon as the smoke was detected by a Stealth monitoring operator, first responders were contacted and on the scene in minutes. Could an on-site guard have done the same thing? Perhaps, but only if he or she was in the right place at the right time.
Stealth Monitoring uses a combination of video analytics and human intelligence to watch for suspicious activity and react in real time. We don’t wait for alarms. Unlike a security guard who can be in only one place at a time, we can watch multiple areas of your property simultaneously, often from vantage points not easily accessible to a guard.
Things like theft, vandalism and fire can have damaging repercussions for a multifamily residential community. Having the ability to notify local authorities in real time can help to quickly resolve an issue that could otherwise be catastrophic.
Stealth’s proactive solution can save up to 60% on security costs when compared to a guard. In this incident, it saved a lot more than money.