Camera Vandalism Statistics

By Ari Erenthal, Published on Aug 01, 2017

Vandalized cameras are a common concern. And when they happen, they often draw media attention.

But how often and how much of a problem is vandalized cameras? 125+ integrators shared their experiences with IPVM.

Overall, camera vandalism is an uncommon problem with 84% saying that it is rare or never happens:

However, most integrators take steps to prevent it from happening. The following 3 steps were the most often cited:

  • ******** *** ****** **** and *** ** *** way
  • ***** ***** ** ****** cameras ******* ** ****** or *** *******
  • ********** ****** ********* ******* in **** **** *****

*********** **** ******* *** that **** ********* *** more ******-***** **** ******, and **** *** ********** camera *** ** ******* or *******, **** * camera ** * ****** resistant *******. 

Making *** ****** ************ 

**** *********** ******** ******** cameras **** *** *** ground ** **** **** more ********* ** *********: 

  • "** *** ** ****** outside ******* ***. *.* to ** ** **** minimum ** * ****."
  • "**** ********* ** * concern ** ******** *** mounting ********* *** ****** always ***** ** * high ****** **** ** mount *** ****** **** is *** ** *****. Seems ** ******** ****** all ******."
  • "** **** **** ***** cameras ** ******* **** to *** **** ** high ****** ** ***** random ********* *** ***** low ****** ** ** serviceable."
  • "** ***** ******* **** when ******, ****** *** conduit ** ************, *** IK10 ***** *******, ***** bullets *** ******** ********, etc."
  • "**** ****** ***** *** easy ** ***** ******* a ******, *** ****** where ** *** *** the **** *****. ** the ****** *** ** be ******* ** * low ********* ****, ** use ****** ********* ******** dome."
  • "******** **** ** ******* 12ft ** **** **** they *** ********, *** using ****** ***** (** they ***'* *** ****** out ** ********), ** believe ********* **** *********."
  • "*** ****. ** ********* never ******** ***** *' AFF ** **** ******* mischief ** * *******. Sometimes ********* **** ******* at ***** ******* *** we ****** **** **** it's **** * ****** for **** *** ****** to **** *** *** even ** *** ************* vandalism."
  • "*** *** *** *** vandalism ******** *** **** of *** ******* *** up ****** **** ** feet **** *** ***** door ******* ***** *** exception."
  • "***** ************ ********* *** significantly ****** *********. ***** cameras ***** ** **, any ******* *** ********** wiring *** ** ******* etc..."
  • "****** ********* ******* *** camera ****** **'-**'"

Some ********* *** **** ********* ***** **** ******

*********** **** **** ** use ****** ********* ******* in **** *********, *** expect ** **** ** replace ******* **** ***** there. 

  • "** ************ ********** ** have * ****** ****** damage ******** ****, ******** 5-8% *****."
  • "** **** * *** customers **** ******* ** the ****** ******. ** just ******* *** ****** after * ********."
  • "** * **** **** crime **** ****** ******* lot *********** ** ******* we **** ********* *** installed ******* ** ****** resistant ********."
  • "*** ******* ** **** in ***********/**** ********* *** targeted ***** ** ******* and ** ********* *** doing ********* **** * month **** ***** *********."
  • "*** ******* * *******, but **** ** ** a ******* ** ** a ***** *******."
  • "********* ***'* *** **** of * *******. *-** environments **** ** ** where ** *** **** the ****, *** ******* more **** ******."
  • "** ******* - **** serious. ***** ** ** solution *** ***** **** be. *** ****** ** for *** ****** ** be ********** ** ***** a ****** ********** ** swap *** **** *** in *******. * ********* camera ** ******* **** a ***** ** ***** replacement **** ***** **** time ** **** ******** in *** ********."
  • "** **** * ** 5 ***** ***** ********* shoot *******, *** ** get *** ********** **** about * ***-******* ****** being ****** ** *******, but **'* *** **** common."
  • "** ** *** **** vandalism ** ****** *** significant ****** ** ******* unless **** *** ******* in **** ***** **** areas."

**********, **** *********** **** us **** **** ***** have ********* ****** ** their *******:

  • "*****'* *** **** ****** with *********, ******* *** installations *** *** ** locations ***** ********* *******."
  • "** ************* **** **** behaved ******* ** **** behaved *****!"
  • "** ** *** ******* in ****-*** ******* *** similar *********** ***** ** have ** *********** ******** with ********* **** ** outdoor *****."

Some Form ******* **** ********* ****** / **** ******

**** *********** ********* **** they *** **** ** turret ******* ** ********* where ********* ** ********, and ***** ***** ****** or *** *******. 

  • "** *** *** *** external ******** - *** easily ****** *** **** with ****. ***** ** Eyeball ******* ****** ** foot."
  • "* **** ********** ******* using *** ******* ** exterior ********** ** **** are *** **** ** move. * ********* *** exterior ***** **** ** my ******* **** ** to ***** * ****** better."
  • "***** ** ****** ********* cameras ** *********** *********. We **** ****** *** minidomes *** * ***** profile *** *** ****** damaged."
  • "** **** *** * few ******* ********* *** we've ******** ***** ******* with ***** ******* ** bullets ** ***** ***** to **** ** ******. So *** ****'* ******."
  • "***** ****** ***** (** they ***'* *** ****** out ** ********), ** believe ********* **** *********. "
  • "****** ***** **** ******* to ******* ****** *********** or *** *** *****, if ** ** ********. To ******* ****, **** cameras **** *********."
  • "** **** ******** * system ********* ****** ******** of ******* ** *** neighbor **** ******* **** with ****** ** **** them (*** ** *******) and ** ****'* **** attempted ** ***** *** domes." 

Integrators ****** ******* **** ****** ********* ******** 

*********** **** ** **** they *** ****** ********* cameras **** ****** ****** vandalism ** ********.

  • "***** ** ***** ** the ********, * ****** some *********, ** ** protect *** ******* ** using ****** ********* ********."
  • "*** ******* ******* ** sell *** ****** *********. We **** ****** ** retailers *** ** ** required. ** ********** *** many ******* *** **** vandalizes."
  • "** *** **% **** specified ***** :) - to ** ** *** secure ****...."
  • "********* ** *** ****** dome ***** **** **** protection."
  • "** ****** ****** **** vandal ********* *******, *** rarely *** **** **** vandalized."
  • "** *********** ** ****** proof ****** *** ** make **** ** ***** them **** ****** ** as *** ** ** too **** ** **** with."
  • "****** ***** *** **** in *** ***** ** which ******* *** ****** reached ** *** **** public ****** ** *********** people ******."
  • "** **** *** * few ******* ********* *** we've ******** ***** ******* with ***** ******* ** bullets ** ***** ***** to **** ** ******. So *** ****'* ******."

Even * ****** ********* ****** *** ** ***** *** ** **********

* *** *********** ******** ** that *** ****** *** be ******** / *******, vandal ********* ******* ** no ****** ********* *******. 

  • "**** ** * ***** a ****** *** ***** put * ***** ** gum ** ** ******** camera, ** ******* ** a *********** ********** ******* might ***** * ***** over ***."
  • "** *** '***' ******** of **** **** *** still **** ****** **********. More ***** **** *** simply ******* ** ** a ***, ** ******* with ********* ***. *** actually *******."
  • "**'** *** * *** issues ** ********* ******/******** cameras ** ***** *****, etc. ** ******** **** of ******** *****, *** other **** **** ** real ******."

Comments (10)

Can you test a vandal done camera that has been sprayed with a can of wasp spray at 30'.  

Does it still produce a clear image?

 

We can do different tests of substances. Let us know of other ideas / techniques?

Seems that other than maybe a residue left on the dome might make the image a little hazy but the next time it rains would most likely come off. Also if wasp spray damages a vandal dome, or any dome for that matter, it is most likely made of a cheap plastic. I would guess if you pay <$100 for a sub-par IP camera then you might have an issue with the plastic being etched by wasp spray. If anything you may have a bigger issue with the wasp spray getting into the camera if not sealed properly.

Just another day servicing a camera...

Seriously, where is this from?  This seems insanely stupid/brave.

I found it on gify when I was looking for a visual to open the post. Not sure what it is from, I just thought it would be an eye catching opening.

It's awesome. Great find!

End user/manager of over 2300 cameras in K-12. We use 100% vandal domes with the latest models primarily very small. Unless simply impossible, all cameras mounted at minimum 12'. We avoid mounting near gutters, fences, covered walkways, etc. Access to interior cameras mounted in 10-12' high ceilings are the easiest, with some tape, gum, or sticky-notes applied. Exterior cameras occasionally have the star athlete that can jump high enough to grasp the camera and sometimes pull it from the wall. Most cases of exterior vandalism are lucky shots with a basketball or soccer ball, or as in one case, a single bull's-eye shot with a paintball gun. Fools seldom realize that we caught it all on video, even if not on the vandalized camera, another camera caught them in the area. Not too difficult to piece the video puzzle together for a strong case, even bluffing, it scares most into full admission or self-incrimination.

Randy, thanks! Very informative!

Question: If you mounted the cameras, say, 8 feet high, what do you think would happen? A little more vandalism? A lot?

Absolutely much more. Inside the buildings the students already attempt to hit ceiling tiles, exit signs, fire alarm devices, etc. So a camera at 8 foot would definitely be targeted. Outside the building, not only would students vandalize them, but would-be thieves, arsonists, and general mischief seekers would rip the cameras from the wall.

While vandalism has been rare, the most significant event we ever had was last year when just about half way through the project, someone broke into the outside NEMA boxes on several different poles at the community entrances and stole the recorders out of them. It was not a bad community. We're pretty sure it was related to a board member who was upset the association did not go with his brother's (or someone somehow related) proposal.

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