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Vehicle Burglars Caught in the Act in California Apartment Parking Garage

Posted by Brandon Koepnick on Dec 6, 2023

According to the Council on Criminal Justice, motor vehicle thefts have continued their upward trend through the first half of 2023, with 33.5% more motor vehicle thefts from January through June 2023 when compared to the same period in 2022 (based on data from 32 major cities). 

Multifamily residential communities are a common target for these thefts, thanks in large part to the presence of dozens, even hundreds of vehicles in a single location, and residents who may not be as cautious about locking and securing their property when parking at home overnight. 

At approximately 2:17 a.m., Stealth security professionals monitoring a California apartment community noticed a vehicle entering the resident parking garage. While this action alone was not suspicious, the two individuals who then exited the vehicle and began accessing multiple parked cars in the facility immediately raised red flags.  

Observing security operators contacted police dispatch right away, and responding officers were able to successfully block in the suspect vehicle, making contact with the pair of burglars and appearing to take them into custody without further incident.  

Help Protect Your Property and Residents with Live Video Monitoring 

Traditional security measures, such as passive security cameras and guards, are often expensive and have limited coverage. Unmonitored security cameras passively record events and are only useful after a crime has occurred, and unfortunately, sometimes not even then. 

Relying on the presence of cameras alone to deter criminal activity is inadvisable. Vehicle crimes have surged post-pandemic, and they have not shown any signs of slowing down. It’s imperative to have a proactive security intervention in place.   

Stealth’s live video monitoring is a proactive solution that uses a combination of advanced video analytics and a team of highly trained security operators to monitor key areas- including hot spots like parking lots and garages– throughout your multifamily residential property in real time.  

Our analytics-based cameras alert to activity, not just motion, so our security professionals can quickly identify and respond to suspicious or unwanted behavior. 

Stealth security operators can sound onsite alarms or contact local police dispatch when law enforcement intervention is necessary. The audible warnings are often enough to scare off suspects or trespassers, but when that’s not enough and police are needed, our ability to provide live, up-to-the-minute details and descriptions of criminal activity in progress means police dispatchers typically elevate our call priority, and that can lead to significantly faster police responses. 

Stealth’s live video monitoring is a cost-effective and customizable solution that can boost your community security, help mitigate premise liability, and potentially save you up to 60% on security costs. Contact us today to speak with a multifamily residential security specialist for a free quote. 

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