crime

Did You Catch An Employee Thief? Should You Prosecute?

There are many factors whether you should prosecute an employee after you have caught them red-handed. Although sometimes the decision is not yours, but simply a matter of your organizations policy or your legal teams decision. When that decision is yours to make or yours to convince others, there are many factors to consider. The time involved for you and your team can be very costly, as preparing for trial, the trial itself, and perhaps fighting or preparing an appeal can appear to outweigh the value of prosecution. You must consider what else is on your agenda to establish whether you can afford your time, or others’ time in your organization.

San Fran’s BART Withholding Surveillance Videos Of Crime To Avoid ‘Stereotypes’

In the last three months, there have been at least three robberies on BART involving groups of teenagers. “I think people are genuinely concerned – they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors. “To release these videos would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district,” she was told. “And in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.” According to a memo distributed to BART Directors, the agency won’t do a press release on the June 30 theft because it was a “petty crime” that would make BART look “crime ridden.” Furthermore, it would “unfairly affect and characterize riders of color, leading to sweeping generalizations in media reports.” The memo was from BART Assistant General Manager Kerry Hamill.

Police Say Video Surveillance Helps Solve Crime Spree

With recent statements by Reno (NV) Police, arguments made by those against the usage of video surveillance —such as the ACLU— should start to understand that overall, video surveillance is indeed making an impact on crime. Many times, those arguments go along the lines that video surveillance does not decrease crime, only helps to arrest criminals. However, if the use of video surveillance is helping to capture, arrest, and prosecute criminal offenders, then that is removing criminals from repeating crimes and causing injury. Reno Police say the main reason detectives were able to solve this recently case was the quality and amount of surveillance video provided by victims and adjacent businesses.

54% of Federal Video Surveillance Data Goes Unanalyzed

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, announced the results of its new report, The Video Vortex.

The study, based on a survey of 151 Federal decision makers —evenly split between physical security and IT managers— and sponsored by EMC Corporation, looks at video surveillance across Federal IT and the opportunities for agencies to enhance the value of their video data assets.

Few Laws Regulate Police Use of Surveillance Systems

Police across the country are using increasingly sophisticated surveillance systems to monitor daily life in their communities. Ultra-high-definition cameras, software that can read license plates and recognize faces, and systems that can alert police to suspicious behavior have given law enforcement unprecedented access to our everyday activities. Average citizens and privacy advocates say the ability to monitor and record public activity at such an extraordinary level is a threat to personal privacy.

City Police Trying to Expand Eyes on Streets With New Program

City police are trying to expand their eyes on the streets. They’ve started a new program encouraging business owners and homeowners to register their surveillance cameras with the city. That way if a crime is committed in the area, police will know who might have potential evidence.

Are Taxpayer Funded Security Cameras in Downtown Columbia Effective?

After a weekend shooting in downtown Columbia, MO, ABC 17 News reached out to the Columbia Police Department to see if any parts of the incident had been caught on any of the security cameras downtown. The question was never answered. ABC 17 News also asked for a report showing numbers of how many crimes the cameras have helped solve to see if the taxpayer funded security system is effective.

Assessing Safety, Council Pays Another Visit to NYCHA Residents

"Fix the locks! Put up security cameras!" called out Olivia Taylor from a corner of the Breukelen Houses’ Community Center in southeast Brooklyn. Taylor interrupted the crowd’s silent focus on the City Council’s latest public housing hearing, until order was restored with several strikes of the committee chair’s gavel. Taylor was one of several public housing residents, lawmakers, and advocates who gathered at the public housing complex on September 16 for a hearing to discuss the roll out and progress of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $210.5 million plan to reduce violent crime in public housing.

Rohnert Park CA PD Adds Video Registry to Crime Fighting Toolkit

Rohnert Park, CA, police are encouraging anyone with a security camera to join a new registry. Restaurant owner Isidro Velasco told ABC7 News the best investment he ever made was four security cameras that watch over his restaurant. The database in back of his restaurant records everything the camera sees. The cameras have come in handy when stuff behind the bar went missing. Valasco said he supports a plan by Rohnert Park police for a registry of security cameras to help them fight crime faster.