Video Surveillance Reliability
If you follow the San Angelo Police Department (SAPD) on Facebook, you’ll see how well they leverage the size of their social network to help solve crimes. One of the most recent examples (October 25) was a request to help identify to thieves who were caught on tape robbing a local dollar store.
SAPD posted this video:
You can see two people walk into the store. You can see what the people are wearing, but that’s pretty much it. Watch it again. See how many details you can see about the two suspects.
One commenter on the SAPD post said it best… “Why don’t stores have cameras where they can see the face clearly…”
Is this video surveillance system performing as well as it could?
As of publishing this blog, this pair of thieves is still at large. Could a clearer picture from the surveillance cameras have made a difference in identifying these two? We think so.
If you’re still using an antiquated VCR to record your security cameras, consider this example. Even if police apprehend someone in this case, do you think the footage will hold up in court (the main reason for video surveillance systems in the first place)?
Everything in today’s technologically advanced world is moving toward IP cameras. (To see a comparison of IP and analog cameras, look at our camera demo.) Not only are IP cameras crystal clear in picture, but once you tie your Network Video Recorder (NVR) into your network you will be able to view cameras from anywhere in the world. If you’re on vacation and want to pop in and look at the cameras, just pull them up on your smart phone and you’ll be in business. This technology is new, but it’s not hard to understand. In fact, the IP systems we design for people are very user-friendly and easy to learn.
Imagine that you’re the owner of the dollar store. You purchased a video surveillance system as a security measure against instances like this. Now that it’s time to rely on it, you might not be able to. Ener-Tel can fix that.
For a full (and totally free) assessment of your existing video surveillance system, or to talk to someone about designing a new video surveillance system, contact us.
(If you have any tips for the SAPD regarding these two, share them. Tipsters remain anonymous. Links here and here to surveillance footage of the criminals they’re trying to ID.)