May 25, 2016
School’s out, pools are open and temperatures are rising. But temperatures aren’t the only thing increasing, according to the Department of Justice, crime is 10.5% more common in the summer than the winter. The Urban Institute also adds that the most targeted places “are those located in public spaces, or [areas] that are open to public view. Properties where no one has direct responsibility for the area, or those that seem less well guarded.” With people looking to enjoy the sun or beat summer boredom, clubhouses, pools, tennis courts, playgrounds and parking lots are all in need of better surveillance.
Here are the Top 5 Amenity Area Problems
- Common Area Vandalism
- After Hours Swimming
- Neighbors Filling Up Trash Bins
- Chairs Thrown Into Pool
- Nightly Visitors in the Parking Lot
Those are just the more common problems. ControlByNet’s cameras have captured some interesing vandals, thieves and loiters in the act.
Actual ControlByNet footage
Here are the Top 5 Amenity Problems Caught on CBN Cameras
- Spray Painted Bathrooms
(Luckily video was IN THE CLOUD because the vandals looked for video to destroy but couldn’t find it!)
- Concrete Bags in Pool
- Destroyed Vending Machines
- Midnight Pool Party
- Drivers Running Gates
December 7, 2011
From one woman shopper using pepper spray on at least 10 shoppers to a “waffle riot” in Arkansas, this year’s Black Friday is best be described as madness. But shoppers aren’t the only ones out during the holidays. The holiday shopping season turns shopping centers and malls into feeding grounds for criminals.
According to a recent Washington Post article, “Retail crime increases about 30 percent this time of year as people crowd malls and retail centers for holiday shopping, according to some police departments across the region.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/retail-crime-police-activity-jumps-during-holidays/2011/12/01/gIQABbNbHO_blog.html
Lucky for retail outlets and police departments, there are surveillance cameras everywhere and retail outlets are becoming very tech-savvy. No longer are they relying on DVRs which can become a victim of crimes themselves as thieves destroy or steal them. Today’s retail outlets are turning to solutions like ControlByNet’s i-flahsback REMOTE to securely monitor their stores from anywhere on any Internet connected device.
Retail Info System News recently posted “The 12 Ways of Christmas Surveillance” (http://risnews.edgl.com/retail-trends/The-12-Ways-of-Christmas-Surveillance76963) providing insight to retailers on how network based IP surveillance can provide both data and alerts to help fight crime, as well as improve sales and operations.
ControlByNet customers including a Tires Plus franchisee has experienced the benefits of IP-based video surveillance first-hand. The client had someone break in and steal some tires and computers. Unfortunately for the owner, the robber also picked up the DVR and walked out with the evidence. That was the last straw for this owner, who is now using i-flashback REMOTE for multiple shops. No data onsite for theft, and there have been more than a few who have been caught in criminal activity. What’s best for this owner is he can login and see all locations just as he was there, and each manager can also log into his/her respective location.