It’s the holiday season. A time for cheer, gift giving, parties and yes, even crime. Identity theft, home break-ins, online shopping scams and other crimes of opportunity tend to increase during the holidays. It seems no one is immune to it either, even a Fort Worth homeless shelter where thieves stole more than $15,000 in computers, electronics and TVs.
According to the over three hours of surveillance footage, two men and one woman took their time methodically taking what they wanted. Upon further examination of the video, the owner of the shelter recognized one of the suspects as someone they had been helping.
Even though the property had surveillance cameras in place, no one was monitoring them, therefore they could do little to deter the crime. Having a security guard on-site also has its limitations. Besides being expensive, guards can only be in one place at a time and are limited in what they can see. They can also be impacted by extreme temperatures and harsh conditions that winter weather can bring.
Live video monitoring is a proactive security solution that can help deter a crime before it happens and minimize damage. The solution involves a team of trained security operators who watch multiple cameras at the same time, in real time. Using video analytics that can be set to target unusual activity, the operators can activate a speaker warning and call police if they see anything suspicious.
Stealth also has a department that reviews relevant cameras to provide a concise summary of what happened. Our analysts can save time by studying footage and data to respond to any investigation requests more efficiently.
Crime may increase during the holidays, but there are things you can do to minimize crime and damage. If you would like more information about our proactive security solutions and how they can help protect your valuable assets, click here.