International Law Enforcement Agency
Viseum IMCs (Intelligent Moving Cameras) are used by the overt operations division of an International law enforcement agency who support the majority of law enforcement organizations around the world, including the FBI and the CIA to name just a two.
Viseum received a report from this agency that just 4 Viseum IMCs deployed by just 1 surveillance officer, produced more results and significantly sooner than at least 20+ of any other PTZ camera installation with multiple officers.
The following case studies are described by a specialist Surveillance Officer dealing primarily with detecting crime, assisting front line officers, organising operations and advising on strategy, all with the use of CCTV.
We came into contact with Viseum in Spring 2010 whilst organising operations involving serious offences for a wide variety of issues. Just four Re-deployable Viseum cameras have been located in one of the highest crime areas within our Capitol. The Viseum cameras are in constant use as they are able to move by themselves and monitor suspects so that faces can be clearly identified. Viseum’s technical support team trained us how to easily mask out unnecessary parts of the picture so that the camera would only focus on what we needed. The camera’s evidence is easily viewed on a laptop. The evidence obtained and gathered is of immense value during the case building process. Viseum records for a vast time allowing download to be accessed easily. This enables other avenues of investigation to take place while Viseum cameras are left working on their own.
We were in possession of intelligence detailing that a group of suspected drug dealers were at a location dealing drugs in addition to organising fights. We requested our overt operations division to supply us with the Viseum IMC equipment, necessary to conduct surveillance on this specific group. This was the initial installation to see just how effective these cameras were.
The playback facility was easy to navigate and use. By using this we were able to collate information relating to the suspects who were gathering and with this vital information put into action arrests during a drug deal which resulted in the suspects being convicted. Since this operation there have been no sightings of the gang members or their associates within the area.
The next project we were tasked to deal with was in June 2010. This involved a suspect who was sexually assaulting females on a public common. Our problem here was that there were no lamp posts with power adapters for the CCTV deployable cameras. The Viseum cameras gave us the solution by locating the cameras outside the common but focusing on many areas leading into and away from the area. The six wide view cameras covered the vast area and the fact that each camera has a PTZ meant that we had complete close-up coverage.
We were able to capitalise on this project by using three Viseum cameras, we were able to view all areas in and around the common. Each camera was able to zoom into the common as well as the adjacent roads. With this coverage we were confident in a successful result and in due course a 13 year old was arrested and charged on multiple offences of sexual assault. Viseum had proved once again that it was able to gather vital evidence as well as follow suspects in real time.
Viseum’s evidence was also used to identify a vehicle used by a gang stealing motorcycles. Having been identified by Viseum this vehicle was later found abandoned and then examined for intel on the gang prior to crushing the vehicle. None of this intel or evidence could have been achieved without the Viseum camera.
This involved the arresting of a suspect who was known as the ‘slit throat robber’. The suspect was committing these crimes in an area that was in a CCTV black spot. We immediately requested that the Viseum units be deployed. We were able to cover the area with ease and with the aforementioned capabilities of Viseum cameras were able to gather intel immediately on the pedestrian traffic. Within days we had gathered intel on a few known suspects and were ready to have them brought in for questioning. The suspect was arrested from a victim identifying him as a result of the images seen from Viseum’s intel.
At present we are faced with yet another task of gathering evidence on a number of suspects who have targeted a well known food and off licence store. Upon reading through crime reports and also visiting the site it was determined just how the suspects had managed to get away with not being caught. The site has four side roads and a petrol station that all offer cover. The only way we could combat such a task of maximum evidence gathering with minimal equipment was to endorse the use of Viseum again. The Viseum units were set up and immediately intel was being gathered. Whilst the first unit was being erected a suspect nearby who was paying close attention had walked a circuit of the area. His movements were immediately noticed by the Viseum camera and he was followed automatically.
The Viseum support team have proven throughout that they are willing and able to deal with any technical requests. The team offer support when others do not have support. Their vision in wanting to improve an already great service and product is astounding. Their support team has often asked us how the system could be improved for users. I am equally impressed that Viseum not only listens to comments but are continuously willing to take on board those suggestions and implement them.
The Viseum camera has the ability to offer a complete package in CCTV. We have not come across anything within law enforcement that is better. In traditional installations we would have to use five to six cameras to cover an area, we can now use one Viseum unit. The ability to shade out buildings and other borders is vital to having exactly the right view on playback. The evidence gathered by the Viseum cameras has also enabled us to collect intel on antisocial behaviour throughout all projects, which we are now collating to find patterns leading to more serious offences, as it inevitably does.
Having had to constantly deal with an enormous amount of video evidence throughout my career and having now used the Viseum cameras in various projects to ensure quality and reliability, I can honestly say, it does what it says on the tin. I will use the Viseum System whenever faced with a situation where CCTV is needed and during each deployment, in addition I now actively look for future projects to carry on benefiting from and utilising these cameras.
“I have had first-hand experience of law enforcement during security deployment after 9/11 and 7/7 . Having Viseum at that time would certainly have been of assistance. It is evident that my support is with Viseum, for its effectiveness in service. This is an endorsement for the use of Viseum cameras as I am happy to recommend them to other law enforcement agencies, so that they too can take advantage of this essential deterrent.” Police Surveillance Officer