Virginia Tech is gearing up to install IP video surveillance cameras around the expansive 2,600 acre campus as reported by the Washington Post. The $1 million security camera project is expected to install an upwards of 2,500 cameras to instill a sense of safety for students and staff.
According to a survey released by WatchMyWallet, 30% of UK shoppers have stolen or manually tampered with items to receive a reduced price at self-checkout cash registers. The proverbial self-checkout crimes include selecting less expensive fruit/vegetables when weighing the item; selecting smaller sized items when required to enter the item’s size; bagging items without ever scanning them; walking out of the store through the self-checkout aisle without paying; and tampering with the scales to get a better deal.
Ohio University’s residence halls are expected to be furnished with surveillance cameras in the coming years to compare the facial features of visitors with their student ID photos. A video surveillance system has already been installed and tested at Voigt Hall to determine if the use of security cameras serves as a viable solution to the problem of dorm room theft. These cameras will be installed in the dorm lobbies and at access points.
The current video surveillance system in place at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon has been significantly improved through high-end video management software. The security system’s video intelligence prompts the surveillance cameras to immediately trigger an alert and set off an external alarm if suspicious activity is detected. As a result, first responders will be able to decrease their response times and carry out the necessary steps at the exact moment when a potential security breach occurs.
A security camera installed at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri captured telling footage of the EF-5 rated (wind speeds higher than 200 miles per hour) tornado that tore apart the city exactly one year ago. The tornado was responsible for the death of 158+ lives and more than 1,000 injuries as reported by the National Service Weather Forecast Office in Springfield.Read More
Demand for video surveillance is expected to climb in Brazil, Russia, India, and China by the end of 2012 as reported by IMS Research. The demand was sparked by the development of expansive surveillance projects that have been deployed for municipal purposes in all four of these countries. Combined, these countries are expected to represent 40% of global spending on security camera equipment by 2016.
The U.S. generates roughly 210 million tons of garbage each year, with the average American producing roughly 4.6 pounds of trash on a daily basis. The problem lies in where people dump their trash. Rather than pay for city disposal services, many individuals illegally dump their garbage elsewhere to save money, even if that’s in recycling bins, in rivers, down hills on hiking trails, or out the window of their vehicle. Sure, they won’t get caught if they’re discreet about it right? Cities across America are beginning to implement effective solutions to make certain they don’t.Read More
As he was led out of the courtroom, Richard Lavern Remington had one last thing to say to Safeway officials after he was banned from the store for life and ordered by Judge Youlee Yim You to pay $20,000 for the crimes he committed: "I’ll be back!"Read More
Slip and fall fraud is big business. The fraudulent injury rose 12% in 2011 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Please note that we’re referring to the slip and fall injury when it occurs on purpose. Unfortunately slip and falls do happen to innocent individuals who have no intention of exploiting their employers for their injuries. But with slip and fall fraud, it’s the exact opposite.Read More
Organized retail theft poses a serious threat to all retailers. Retail losses from organized retail crime range between $15 billion and $37 billion annually. Shoplifting, cargo theft, return fraud, and flash robs are all examples of organized retail theft.
According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Retail Federation, organized retail crime occurred most often in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.
Because hackers will always remain a threat, it’s critical to change your IP camera’s default username and password. Once you’ve changed the username and password, we recommend that you update it every six months to protect your network from hackers. Let’s face it: hackers are becoming smarter and more conniving.
According to a recent report released by IMS Research, Axis is now ranked as the number one provider of surveillance cameras worldwide. The report, which looked at global manufacturers of both analogue and network cameras, found that network camera sales are expected to account for roughly 60% of global surveillance camera sales by 2016, a significant increase from 40% in 2011. The positive finding demonstrates the industry shift from analogue video to IP-based video.Read More
The rise of motion detection cameras used in studying animal patterns is a direct result of their ability to provide scientists with new findings and discoveries. Camera traps, otherwise known as trail cameras, film animals when researchers can’t. Instrumental in the study of Animal Ecology, camera trapping records the behavior of species in their native environment, thereby enabling scientists to advance in their field.Read More
It’s tempting to profile shoplifters. You don’t often imagine shoplifters as mature, hardworking professionals who earn a six-figure salary. Unfortunately it happens and isn’t necessarily all that uncommon. Oftentimes retailers do not pay enough attention to those consumers who don’t fit the profile of how we envision shoplifters. Ex-Purdue University Dean Robert "Pablo" Malavenda has taught retailers a valuable lesson: shoplifters shouldn't be stereotyped. As a college dean, he managed approximately 690 student activities and organizations, including sororities and fraternities.Read More
In order for retailers to protect themselves against threat, they must be proactive about it by improving their loss prevent efforts. Shoplifting and employee/internal theft are undoubtedly the two most common theft practices. However, it's extremely important for retailers to be made aware of other theft practices happening today, especially crimes that may work against one’s current security system. Grab-and-go theft, flash mob robs, or flash robs have become the theft du jour. Based on previous crime reports, these acts tend to be committed by large groups of young adults who storm retail stores – usually department stores or convenience stores – and stuff pockets or bags with merchandise in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.Read More
With cattle selling at around $1,000 each and bulls selling for $1,500 to $2,000, cattle thieves have a clear-cut motive for raiding ranches and farms, and stealing as many cattle as they can get their hands on. Just one job can easily turn into a $20,000 cattle heist. In 2010 and 2011, Texas and the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) claimed losses of $4.8 million in stolen ranch property, including bulls, steers, cows, and calves. Cattle theft is becoming more commonplace in states that boast lucrative agricultural markets. The increase in beef prices and appeal of selling cattle at a hefty profit has been enough to pique the interest of cunning thieves who are well aware that multi-acre ranches aren’t usually protected by sophisticated – or any – video surveillance systems.