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IACP Police Show Best and Worst 2013

The IAPC is the nation's biggest law enforcement trade show featuring all kinds of police equipment from cameras to drones to tanks from more than 750 companies. We attended this year's show in Philadelphia, a great place to see what's popular whe...

By John Honovich - about 6 years ago

Privately Owned Public Camera Network

Grant funding is drying up, but the need for technology is not. Cities are getting creative when it comes to finding new ways to fund surveillance systems. Some are looking at adopt-a-camera programs or leasing systems. But more often, they are co...

By Carlton Purvis - about 6 years ago

Retail Surveillance Operator Secrets Revealed

What's it like to be a surveillance operator? What problems do they face? How do they do their job? We interviewed one with extensive experience at major retailers, both in management and operations. Here are some of the key topics and lessons c...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

What Did a Drug Dealer Use For Surveillance?

The bad guys want video surveillance too. Recently, footage from a violent shootout caught on a Miami drug dealer's surveillance system was played in court. We were curious to know what he used. Given the amount of money and need for security that...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

NC City Surveillance Challenges

City surveillance systems can be challenging, even for a small city of one hundred thousand people with just a handful of cameras. In this note, we dig into the problems that Wilmington NC faces and the solutions that it is planning to fix them. ...

By Ben Wood - over 6 years ago

Lancaster City Surveillance Case Study

Most city surveillance systems are owned by local governments and paid for by taxpayer dollars, but shrinking budgets can cause cities to skimp on a system or neglect maintenance. However, one Pennsylvania city has created a citizen-run network of...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Police Performance Massively Improved by Surveillance

A California city police chief used his department to conduct an experiment on the power of surveillance. For a year, officers were fitted with cameras to record every interaction they had with the public. Would the cameras help reduce complaints ...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Crappy Cameras Trigger City Surveillance Shutdown

An Australian city has shut off its surveillance system after being ordered to determine how to operate its cameras without violating privacy laws. The order was passed down months after a case brought by one of its residents who argued the city h...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Philadelphia SafeCam Pays You To Install Cameras

In a time of declining government funding, one U.S. city is bucking the trend. Believe it or not, they are going to pay up to half the cost of installing new cameras. What's the catch and what's in it for them? We talked to the city and reviewed i...

By John Honovich - over 6 years ago

Interview With Law Enforcement On Surveillance

We recently interviewed International Association of Chiefs of Police experts about various issues, uses and best practices for police agencies regarding video surveillance. We touched on topics ranging from storage and codec frustrations to crime...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

Police Top Surveillance Pain Point

We recently interviewed surveillance experts from the International Association of Chiefs of Police about various issues, uses, and best practices for police agencies regarding video surveillance. Interestingly, one point that the group frequently...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

City Wide Mesh RFP Reviewed

Mesh wireless has a dubious reputation, with many stories of system failures and finger pointing between manufacturers, integrators and end users. A Califonia city is actively looking for a new municipal surveillance system and is requesting a me...

By Ben Wood - over 6 years ago

Cheap City Surveillance Case Study

City surveillance systems often cost huge amounts of money - $10,000 per camera deployed is common. One Pennsylvania city took a different approach spending less than $10,000 for the core network and adding on cameras for just $1,000 each. Unfortu...

By Carlton Purvis - over 6 years ago

World's Best Alarm System Guarantees?

In the cut-throat intrusion alarms industry, guarantees can make or break deals. Few companies have guarantee policies as bold as ADT, who issue several incredible promises, including $500 reimbursement if a theft occurs and full reimbursement for...

By Brian Rhodes - about 7 years ago

Panoramic MP Cop Cams (Panasonic)

Cop cams seen on TV are usually grainy and shaky with a narrow field of view. While they are helpful in providing evidence and assisting in arrests, these have been significant limitations. Now, Panasonic is offering a new model of body worn camer...

By Ethan Ace - about 7 years ago

Trend: Sharing Surveillance Video Via YouTube

An important, growing trend is police departments sharing surveillance video via YouTube, vastly increasing the reach and probability that the public can share details that solve cases. In this note, we look at this practice, key issues in making ...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Storage Duration for Surveillance 2012

How long should video surveillance be stored? 1 week, 1 month, 1 year? This is a fundamental question for security systems. Store for too short a time and you could lose critical evidence yet record too long and it could waste a huge amount of mon...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

FBI CCTV Recommendations

The United States FBI provides a CCTV Best Practices guide in a unique form of a TV show episode. In this post, we review the FBI's recommendations, providing feedback and commentary on what is realistic and what can best be done to improve commer...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Video Alarm Verification Guide

Increasing fines for false alarm dispatches plus police non-response to unverified alarms have made video alarm verification a hot topic in the alarm industry. The hope is that it can eliminate false alarm fines, increase police response and make ...

By Ethan Ace - over 7 years ago

Murder on Video - The Value of PTZs

While many argue for the end of PTZs, a recent murder demonstrates the value of using PTZs versus multimegapixel fixed cameras for monitoring large high crime areas. Inside this note, we show why through a series of real world surveillance video c...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Body-Worn Surveillance Overview

In the past year, body worn video system use has increased. Many police departments are adopting this to protect against false allegations and potential litigation. They are seen as an answer to increased public surveillance of police actions via ...

By Ethan Ace - over 7 years ago

Sharing Surveillance Video with the Police

Sharing surveillance video with the police is a regular and important aspect of having a surveillance system. This can be crucial in prosecuting crimes committed against yourself, your neighbors or the general community. To do so, a number of impo...

By Brian Rhodes - over 7 years ago

Private Surveillance of Public Spaces

While public surveillance systems get most of the attention, private surveillance cameras surely solve far more crimes than public ones. This is not only inevitable but perhaps even a growing trend featured in recent news articles [link no longer ...

By Ethan Ace - over 7 years ago

LPR Warning Letters: Innovation or Privacy Invasion?

A US city has devised an interesting strategy to combat drug usage: LPR cameras monitor vehicles going into and out of areas with high criminal activity, tracking vehicle usage patterns. Letters are sent to vehicles owners warning them of potentia...

By John Honovich - over 7 years ago

Cop Kills Pedestrian - Surveillance Video Reviewed

In this note, we review real-world surveillance video of a California sheriff en route to a reported stolen vehicle, prior to his fatal impact with two pedestrians as they crossed the street. Allegedly, the officer was traveling at a very high spe...

By Ethan Ace - almost 8 years ago

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