Air Bags Stolen from Apartment Parking Lot — Parking Garage Surveillance

Posted by Chris O' Rourke on March 2, 2018

Stealth Monitoring parking garage surveillance can help deter criminal activity such as property damage, theft, and assault. A multifamily apartment complex in Herdon, Virginia was hit with a surprising crime in their parking garage. This residential property is not a Stealth Monitoring client.

The large, upscale apartment building utilizes state-of-the-art access control technology. The parking garage entrance can only be opened with readers. However, the security gates were left open and thieves took this opportunity to strike. Local authorities said criminals drove into the parking structure and stole driver side airbags from at least 13 cars.

According to the parking garage surveillance video, the thieves were in the parking structure for 30 minutes. One resident said that not one car alarm went off, despite windows being broken. A responding officer told the resident that this happens about every six months where a particular apartment is targeted. Had the gate been closed on at least one side, the suspects would have had to walk through the garage rather than drive, which would have decreased the likelihood of this crime even occurring.

A tow truck driver, who had come to the parking garage, said that in the past four months, Honda civics have been targeted for their driver side airbags. Many of the Honda's targeted had recalls for their air bags.

A Parking Garage Surveillance Solution

Even though this residential property had surveillance cameras in place, they were not being watched. Had they been using Stealth Monitoring's parking garage surveillance solution, these crimes may have been avoided. Trained security operators watch properties in real time. They could have seen the open gate and notified a contact person at the multifamily community before the robberies occurred.

The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports that in a span of four years, there have been almost 402,000 reported incidents of violent crimes and over two million reported property crimes in parking lots and garages. Of all reported cases of property crime, 11% took place in parking lots or garages.

Stealth Monitoring, a privately held company with U.S. headquarters in Dallas, TX, and Canadian headquarters in Toronto, ON, is North America’s leading provider of live video monitoring solutions. We specialize in proactive and intelligent video monitoring technology that can significantly improve threat detection and police response. Our security solutions feature advanced technology, coupled with human intelligence and efficient processes, to help detect and deter crime while reducing security guard and other expenses. We are also heavily invested in the future of computer vision and artificial intelligence. We are actively developing new technologies that can enable executives with valuable business intelligence data to improve their day-to-day operations and decision-making abilities. We have over 500 employees, 15 offices, and 3 redundant live video monitoring control centers. Our team proactively monitors 20,000+ cameras daily, resulting in more than 15,000 deterred crimes, 500+ arrests and 35,000+ analyzed customer videos every year, securing peace of mind for business owners throughout North America. Our clients include construction sites, shopping centers, apartment buildings, auto dealers, office buildings, industrial facilities, distribution yards, cannabis operations, and other businesses with outdoor assets. They range from large global enterprises to single location companies. Our proactive solutions can help reduce external and internal theft, vandalism, property damage and provide you with actionable business intelligence. We can even reduce or replace security guards at a fraction of the cost – up to 60% savings.

Please call toll-free (866) 382-3873 or contact Stealth today for more information to protect your outdoor assets. Visit the Stealth web site to see real videos of criminals being arrested at construction sites, multifamily apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouses, auto dealerships, and other commercial real estate properties.

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