Stolen Four Times In Three Weeks, Business Owner Won’t Move Cameras

Author: Carlton Purvis, Published on Feb 21, 2014

Office cameras keep getting stolen? What do you do?

We spoke with a British Columbia business owner, who has replaced one of his cameras four times in the last three weeks, about why he keeps doing things exactly the same way after becoming the target of thieves.

Background

The first time the camera watching the back door of CRVTEK IT Consulting Co. was stolen was about three weeks ago.

“Someone came and took the camera down, and that’s it,” the business owner said. The person struck again a few days later. Then two more times the last two weeks. After reviewing his footage, he found that two people were coming by at night and stealing the cameras.

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Comments (11)

So essentially, this guy is operating a side business as a camera store for crooks?

Since he is not being paid, technically, it's more like a charity...

What I can't understand is why someone would repeatedly steal a surveillance camera?

"What I can't understand is why someone would repeatedly steal a surveillance camera?"

A trunkslammer on a really tight budget?

A trunkslammer on a really tight budget?

Maybe, though if he were really strapped for cash it would be advantageous to be both the theif as well as the customer's dealer. That way he could just sell him the same camera over and over again.

But since he bought the 'Jesse James' model bandana without the matching Stetson (recommended), it looks like a case of one slammer headed for another!

There is an inexpensive invisible powder that becomes visible in ultraviolet light, and lasts for a week or two. I'd be dusting my camera to add weight to the ultimate conviction.

Also, this doesn't seem like a recurring problem in the industry, but if it were, the "phone home" ip camera might have a good deal of merit. Axis? Arecont? New opportunity? Of course, it might be hard to hit his $40 price point...

you can use two cameras and they watch another one.

Update: Owner has implemented Mr. Sun's suggestion.

Note the effectiveness of this 'twin paradox' is not based upon detection but instead hopes to drain the would-be thief's mental capacity as he calculates various equivalent scenarios.

I believe doing the same thing in the same way and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.

It's all fun and games until somebody decides to feed voltage back down the coax cable to damage the recording equipment.

Or vice versa...

After reviewing his footage, he found that two people were coming by at night and stealing the cameras.

The little 'scumbugger' is getting a bit brazen, just starting to the remove screws at 07:50?? If I had to choose from all the Canadians I know then it would be Michael J. Fox!

Please update the storyline, Carlton Purvis, if you have more crime or punishments. thx.

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