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How Hidden Spy Cameras Can Help Increase Cash Flow

Aug 17, 2007
Businesses large and small can benefit financially from buy and installing Hidden Spy Cameras in their shops. The technology of video surveillance is constantly evolving and can be expensive for both retailers and law enforcement. Some businesses opt for low-quality or no security systems because of the cost and hassle of buying and maintaining them. Local businesses spend about $1,000 a camera but companies sometimes can get away with spending less. Ten cameras and a DVR could cost $5,000. As the cost of security cameras decreases, businesses are slowly transitioning into higher quality, digital color images.

Gas station owners can inform police were using image isolated using a Hidden Spy Surveillance Camera of intruders inside their store and give it to local media.

One incident ended up with the criminal pleaded guilty to the robbery and admitted to taking $200 from the store. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Police can fight back by using video footage that can be enhanced, duplicated and printed for use by the media, detectives and prosecutors. The video from the Hidden Spy Camera can help rule out suspects or implicate others.

Having video or even still images of a crime is one of the most important factors in determining whether police will be able to solve a robbery.

If the images captured offer a glimpse of the robber's face, police will pass a photo to the media in hopes that readers will recognize the person and call police, he said. The names and information give police an idea of whom to search for.

Providing clues to finding culprits is one the main advantages of business owing and installing surveillance equipment.

The biggest difference between robberies and burglaries is that police find little evidence left behind at a burglary scene.. Police rarely find usable fingerprints; there is no surveillance camera footage particularly from home burglaries, and using a police dog to track burglar's results in an arrest only a small percentage of the time.

With robberies, police typically have a victim who can provide details about the hold-up and robber. A surveillance camera could provide additional details. DNA evidence on discarded clothing, fingerprints from places or items robbers touched and firearms testing if any shots were fired can also help narrow down the list of possible suspects.

But even if the camera doesn't capture the robber's face, the surveillance camera footage can reveal other important details. They can show where robbers touched the floor or counter, leaving shoe prints; whether they wore gloves or are right- or left-handed; whether they have tattoos; and what type of weapon if any was used.

A $25,000 computer system that can produce still prints from video footage, movies from still pictures or better images from blurry ones.

The still images police take from surveillance camera footage can also be helpful in court. The images can weaken a defense attorney's case if prosecutors present a photo showing the accused person at the crime scene or even in the middle of committing the crime.

Video showing a series of actions can prove more helpful than just one image. A hidden surveillance camera set up inside a local business caught an employee sitting in front of a computer screen in the dark. In one incident a business owner was able to lighten the footage, making the thief visible as he spent 20 minutes in the office of the business looking in filing cabinets and office drawers.

In the past five years, locally owned Gas station started placing digital surveillance and recording systems in the company's gas stations around Fort Wayne, beginning with stations in more high-risk areas that have a higher volume of customers.

Since installing the new systems, the store has seen a decline in internal and external theft. Internal thefts cause the largest hit to the company's pocketbooks, so the cameras also keep employees accountable.

Hidden Spy Cameras also improve the safety of staff and customers, and outside cameras can capture crimes or accidents on neighboring properties so all benefit of having the cameras.
About the Author
Glenn Freiboth is a business consultant and author for many online businesses and lives in Illinois.
Hidden Spy Camera products can be found at http://www.SpyGearCo.com.
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