Amazing video by FBI teaches business owners about CCTV systems

I just investigated a burglary in Washington D.C. this past weekend in which a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of equipment was stolen. If the neighboring businesses had had proper CCTV systems in place and operational, it would have been a relatively simple matter of obtaining video footage of the perpetrators and license plates of the vehicles they used.

This following link is a video produced for the FBI and it shows businesses what type of CCTV equipment they need, how to locate and position it, correct lighting, etc. http://www.fbi.gov/multimedia/cctv031610/cctv031710.htm

The video is shot in a similar fashion to an episode of the hit television drama series; “24″. It shows a hypothetical bus bombing in the U.S. and the subsequent FBI investigation. It teaches various techniques but dones not appear as an instructional video at all.

If you do any consulting to businesses or investigations, you probably already know that many businesses do not pay proper attention to their camera systems. I can’t tell you how many systems I have come across where the cameras don’t work properly. It seems that many use them as a silent deterrent, like having a “Guard Dog” sign on the property fence, but not actually having a dog.

This video is a great resource to educate clients on how to properly set up a CCTV system. We are all together in the fight against terrorism. Aiding Law Enforcement is not justy a civic duty, it’s a matter of survival.

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