City Harnesses the Use of Video Surveillance for Citizen Safety

Posted on January 14, 2014

More and more cities across the country are looking for innovative ways to monitor and prevent crime. Various networks of video surveillance cameras and red light cameras are being used with the hope of curbing crime and gaining better insight on crimes that are committed.

Each year the FBI publishes Crime in the United States 2012, an annual report that synthesizes crime data from across the country. It is a great snapshot of what has been going on in the country and in our own backyard. As an example, I pulled some interesting statistics for Fresno County, where Sebastian’s headquarter are. The numbers are a bit surprising.

In 2012 there were:

  • 825 violent crimes
  • 136 robberies
  • 5,248 property crimes
  • 948 motor vehicle thefts

While these numbers aren’t enough for you to run home and never leave, they do shed some light on the need for extra security precautions.

Eyes on the City

Cameras watch city 24/7A year ago, Sebastian installed a security camera system in the City of San Joaquin that now allows the Sheriff’s Office to monitor sections of the city 24 hours a day.

Using the latest technology, Sebastian installed new security cameras and integrated them with existing cameras into a wireless system accessible by the Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies as well as by the city. The new system will allow for all of the footage to be archived and reviewed at a later date. All of the cameras can be manipulated from a remote location for maximum monitoring.

San Joaquin Mayor Amarpreet Dhaliwal said, “The innovative the San Joaquin Video Infrastructure Protection Program will augment the law enforcement contract to provide greater security to the community.”

The city currently has the lowest crime rate in Fresno county and it intends to keep it that way, the mayor said during an interview with ABC 30.

Eyes on Your Business

You don’t need to be a large city or company to take a stand against crime. Small and medium sized businesses can use the same technology to protect their own property.

With options like access control, perimeter security, video surveillance and burglar alarms, there is a solution for every business.

Sometimes you just can’t put a price tag on peace on mind and knowing that your business is safe and secure 24/7.