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Video Surveillance Vital in Arrest of Copper Thieves

Posted by Amy Hite on August 30, 2013

In Bryan County, OK, as in the rest of the United States, copper theft is not an uncommon occurrence. Incidents are reported multiple times a week, and the county’s residents and businesses have suffered a number of power outages as a result. Last month, a local railroad…

Law Enforcement Agencies Seek Increased Access to Surveillance Footage

Posted by Amy Hite on August 27, 2013

Having immediate access to live video surveillance footage of in-progress crimes has proven to be an effective way to minimize damage and apprehend suspects, and police agencies across the country are eager to gain access to the live video feeds of many cameras already installed…

D.C. Police Pushing for Real-Time Monitoring

Posted by Amy Hite on August 19, 2013

Since the installation of neighborhood crime cameras in 2006, Washington, D.C. police have been increasingly relying on video footage pulled from surveillance cameras as a primary investigative tool. Although real-time monitoring still isn’t an option for the MPD, investigators…

Copper Theft Deemed “Like an Epidemic” in the US

Posted by Amy Hite on August 14, 2013

While the dangers and detriments associated with copper theft are certainly nothing new, the topic has once again made headline news for spreading “like an epidemic” throughout the United States. Copper theft has turned into a $1 billion dollar industry, and the FBI has long…

Cloud-Based Video Surveillance

Posted by Amy Hite on July 31, 2013

 While video monitoring providers have long been using aspects of cloud computing in their systems, surveillance industry professionals and analysts foresee an upcoming increased emphasis on cloud-based infrastructure. In its annual white paper on video surveillance trends…

Steady Growth Projected in Remote Monitoring Services Market

Posted by Amy Hite on July 1, 2013

Commercial building contracts are forecast to amount to more than 80 percent of the $400 million remote monitoring services industry for intelligent buildings by 2016, according to a study by IMS Research (now part of IHS Inc.). This represents a shift away from traditional…

Convicted Burglars Comment on the Effectiveness of Alarm Systems

Posted by Amy Hite on June 28, 2013

[caption width="500" align="aligncenter"]  photo by Trebz | Flickr.com[/caption] Further cementing the importance of having a live monitored surveillance system, a survey funded by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) revealed that burglars are not…

Threat of Copper Theft as High as Ever

Posted by Amy Hite on June 26, 2013

photo by Bart Everson (Editor B) | Flickr.com According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), copper theft has accounted for a staggering 96 percent of all reported metal thefts in the past three years, 55 percent of which occurred on commercial property. In…