Town Centre Regeneration
Town Centre Regeneration CCTV Camera Catches Criminals Red-Handed
Criminals are learning fast that there is a new camera being deployed for crime detection and prevention for Town Centre Regeneration. A camera that actually delivers the strongest long term deterrent by significantly increasing the chances of criminals being caught red handed. One of the London authorities to realise the power of Viseum’s Panoramic Security Camera is the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, who report the Viseum IMC was an almost instant success in clearing up trouble in their reported crime hot-spots.
Stuart Thompson, Viseum’s Managing Director and inventor of the best in class IMC technology, said: “We’re incredibly excited about the IMC and our customers are too. We have developed the multi-tasking camera that doesn’t just tick all the boxes – it actually records and prevents crimes, unlike traditional PTZ cameras that simply face the wrong way most of the time and have become a laughing stock with hardened criminals.”
In Richmond, the borough’s first Viseum IMC captured high quality evidence from over 150m away This was of criminals preparing themselves for a ‘day’s work’ by putting on the tools of their trade – the hoods and gloves they would then use to try and commit crime anonymously. This is just one of the scenarios where the Viseum IMC really comes into its own.
“Groups of men putting on black hoods and gloves in broad daylight is a very unusual activity,” explains Stuart Thompson, “and it is certainly something that CCTV operators and the police would be interested in. Yet standard PTZ cameras would simply miss everything unless they had the good fortune of pointing the right way with an operator controlling and watching the scene. With the Viseum IMC, we pre-programme in the intelligence so that a range of unusual activities like this are not only recognised, but are exactly the specific activity our cameras are ‘trained’ to zoom in on.”
The Manager of the Richmond CCTV scheme, Keith Free, said: “In this particular location, Viseum’s IMC had only been deployed for a couple of weeks, to combat reported anti-social behaviour . It was an added bonus that, following the reporting of a burglary, the footage was viewed and these criminals were caught red handed. The quality of the evidence was excellent. Despite it being shot from over 150m away, and the suspects being disguised in hoods and black clothing, the police were even able to identify them leaving with their bag of ill-gotten gains.
“A standard PTZ camera would, unfortunately, be potentially ineffective in this and many similar scenarios where multiple areas and activities are required to be monitored. The local area has had no reported crime or anti-social behaviour since. The Viseum IMC cameras have proved very effective in targeting anti-social behaviour and we are in the process of deploying further IMCs in other identified problem areas across the borough.”
Elsewhere, the Viseum IMC has also killed anti-social behaviour problems stone dead. It has immediately had the effect of making criminals realise they were actually being watched, and making the general public realise they were actually being protected – unlike previous technologies which often prove so ineffective that criminals all but disregard them. Most open space PTZ cameras have already exceeded their life expectancy and in any case, through cost and lack of resources, most of these are pointing the wrong way when crimes occur . Viseum presents an unparalleled value for money offering for clients to stay on top of all their camera installations. This is being achieved by replacing or upgrading PTZ cameras to become IMCs, which in turn enables control room staff to spend their time most effectively, maximises overall efficiencies and enables a much more viable solution for CCTV scheme expansion.
Now it’s possible for everyone to be tuned in to the power of the Viseum IMC and to have well-managed schemes in operation. Local authorities and law enforcement agencies can view real footage at www.viseum.co.uk, as well as connecting to real time live camera demonstration, and pre-register for forthcoming technology events.
“Our revolutionary IMCs are killing the problems they are used for stone dead. This is proving a hit with local councils and police forces across the country, including Richmond, where a gang of criminals were recently caught red handed.”