Category Archives: Crime

Nanny Cam Shows Brutal home Invasion in NJ

Police are on the hunt for a home invasion suspect caught on nanny cam. Video from a nanny cam shows a vicious attack during a home invasion in at a residence in the quiet suburb of Millburn, New Jersey. The footage is being broadcast on news stations in an attempt to identify the suspect, who repeatedly punched and kicked the female resident of the house while her 3-yr old daughter sat on the couch terrified. The video below shows the extremely violent attack and is difficult to watch. The video footage provides enough details of the suspect’s description and is proving useful to police. A $5,000 reward is being offered.

News story:
WABC-TV: Frightening Millburn home invasion assault caught on camera
Frightening Millburn home invasion assault caught on camera

Security Camera Use Increasing in Cities

Recently PBS Newshour aired an interesting story on the increasing use of video surveillance in society and the increased push for more security cameras in big cities. In particular, the San Francisco police chief is calling for more real-time monitoring of surveillance cameras throughout the city.

Some groups have expressed concerns about the right to privacy and this raises important questions: Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy in public areas? Should police be allowed to continually monitor any public area in real time? What are the boundary lines that need to be drawn regarding the use of video surveillance by police departments? Just how effective are security cameras at preventing crime? Does the value of video surveillance evidence outweigh privacy concerns?

Video analytics (software algorithms designed to analyze objects in a scene for a while, facial recognition, biometric analysis etc.) are also increasingly being used. Video analytics software company 3VR was interviewed for this story and the capabilities and limitations video analytics were discussed. Video analytics isn’t perfect, but it is constantly being improved to allow for more in-depth analysis of security camera footage.

While security cameras in and of themselves cannot necessarily prevent a crime, the video evidence they provide can be used to solve and prosecute crimes, as well as gather information about criminal activity in an area. However, privacy concerns and the “big brother” creep factor have some people concerned. So what do you think about the increased use of video surveillance by police departments in public areas?

Article: Home Security Measures Burglars Hate

Yahoo article regarding home security measures, and yes surveillance cameras are listed as a measure. While security cameras can’t always prevent crime and are by no means foolproof, they can serve as a useful deterrent in some cases and provide evidence in the event that a crime does occur. Furthermore, security cameras can provide useful information about suspicious activity around your house and neighborhood which can then be provided to local police departments so that they can beef up patrols in your area. Read more on home security measures in the article:

http://homes.yahoo.com/news/protect-home-from-burglars-005405786.html

A comprehensive home security plan that incorporates some or all of these measures in combination will work the best to prevent crime before it happens.

FBI Releases More Detailed Boston Bombing Suspect Photos

FBI has just released new detailed photos of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing which provide greater clarity than previously released images.

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #1 Closeup
Suspect #1 Closeup

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2 Closeup
Suspect #2 Closeup (High Facial Detail)

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects Together
Two Suspects Together in Crowd

For more information visit: http://www.fbi.gov/news/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston/updates-on-investigation-into-multiple-explosions-in-boston

FBI Releases Surveillance Video and Photos of Boston Bombing Suspects

FBI has released video surveillance of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing incident. Granted video surveillance isn’t foolproof and both the suspects are wearing baseball caps and one of the suspects is also wearing sunglasses.

However, there are subtle clues that show up on the footage. For example, note the gait of the suspects, in particular suspect #2 wearing the white hat (about 15 seconds into the video) – he has what appears to be a significant bow or curve in his right leg (credit to CNN’s Anderson Cooper who pointed this out). This is a very distinct characteristic, which would be very difficult to conceal in normal daily living:

It is a bit odd that while one of the suspects wears both a cap and sunglasses to obscure his identity, the other only wears a cap without glasses, leaving his face exposed.

Suspect #2 Front Face

Suspect #2 Profite View
Suspect #2 Profile View

For more still pictures of the suspects and more information visit: http://www.fbi.gov/boston/

AC theft caught on security camera

From WSVN news: Surveillance cameras captured the thefts in progress outside the NDT Solutions in Hollywood.

Thieves stole an air conditioning unit (apparently for the copper wire and metal) and were not deterred by being potentially electrocuted. What makes this interesting is that the thieves appeared to be a mom, dad, and their child (along with what is possibly their dog). This gives new meaning to the concept of family night out! Thieves across the country are stealing copper due to soaring metal prices and the broken economy.

To add insult to injury, a few days later, a man seen on a bike scavenges the remnants of copper wiring from the scene!
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RADWIN’s Video Surveillance Transmission Solutions Deployed in Security Projects Throughout South Africa

From Sacramento Bee: “Farmer owners use RADWIN 2000 to protect their livestock, and game farmers use live video to monitor poaching and to protect endangered species. RADWIN’s systems transmit video with excellent image quality, and their rugged reliability and advanced technologies enable them to operate flawlessly in non line-of-sight and severe weather. This makes them the best video transmission solution available in the market today.”

Some of the systems are claimed to be able to transmit video over a 300 km range.

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