It’s a world renowned fact that Video Surveillance helps to deter crime and assists in catching criminals. But still some people on several forums like LinkedIn argue that surveillance doesn’t have the potential to deter crime and is in no way assisting law enforcement agencies to nab criminals.
For all those who think so, here’s an article which tries to provide information on how security camera monitoring is helping the law enforcement agencies for busting criminal activities and solving crime scenes.
Body worn cameras- Police departments all around US are showing a lot of interest in using Body worn cameras. The reason- the usage not only helps in knowing the behavior of the cop on duty, but can also isolate the duty officers from being yanked into unnecessary controversies. Additionally, body worn cameras also help in capturing evidence while the officer and the suspect are on move. The evidence is recorded onto a temporary recorder and then the evidence is moved to a video surveillance storage solution located in the central monitoring station. Thus, here’s a valid proof of how security cameras are helping law enforcement agencies to deter crime and record crime scenes.
Patrol video gear- Patrol video gear consists of dash board cameras, and in-vehicle video recorder connected to the web. With the help of this gear officers can easily document arrests, traffic stops or any other evidence. Thus, this recording gear helps in taping everything an officer sees and hears in the field. It provides evidence from an officer’s perspective and can also act as an officer safety tool when needed.
Covert Mobile surveillance systems- Covert mobile surveillance systems offer countless benefits for law enforcement agencies of virtually any size. They provide the ability to quickly set up and run single or multi-vehicle surveillance operations, and manage remotely from a centralized location or by officers in the field. This significantly reducing the cost and manpower required to run covert vehicle programs and mobile surveillance operations. A German car maker also uses covert mobile surveillance system to shut down the car when it is being accessed by an unauthorized user like a child, thief and when it is being used for criminal intention.
Thermal imaging cameras- Suppose you are given a project of monitoring a sea coast which is usually spread across thousands of miles. If you are assigned the task of keeping a track of intrusions on day/night basis, a thermal imaging camera can help you. The camera has the ability to detect an intrusion almost 3 miles away and can offer video evidence. Thus, as soon as the intrusion gets detected the law enforcement agencies can act accordingly and keep the area safe and secure.
Interview recording solutions- It is a known fact that until there is proper evidence to prove an individual as a criminal, he/she cannot be prosecuted. This is where law enforcement agencies are being assisted by solutions which provide electronically recorded evidence for interrogations. These solutions are designed to capture video and audio evidence to be used in a court of law.
Security cameras helping city wide surveillance- As most of the cities in USA are feeling the strain of budget cuts. Manpower is at a premium and officers can’t be everywhere at once. This is where security camera installation is proving highly helpful. Video surveillance cameras are being used for Traffic monitoring, highway monitoring, public place monitoring –such as railway stations, parks, government offices, Airports, bus terminals and so on. If the areas are sensitive, live monitoring of security camera footage is being taken up by law enforcement agencies. As a result, the populaces visiting these places feel safe and secure that the area is cordoned off by security forces and as soon as any untoward incident takes place, rescue will be at fingertips. Moreover, with video analytics usage on rise, security surveillance has become a proactive solution than just a reactive elucidation.
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