Experienced in many aspects of security, including locksmithing, intrusion, access and CCTV, the team were recently asked to provide CCTV security for the complex it’s office are situated in.
The client’s brief focused on HD video footage, a video storage and management system with a small footprint, a video storage and management system with a small footprint, the ability to read licence plates from entering and leaving vehicles, and clear video footage of key areas, day and night.
The critical areas identified for surveillance comprised the main entry gate, the front of the complex alongside Victoria Road, the 60-meter long car park at the back of the complex, and in particular the driveway with a boom gate entry.
Integrity chose Bosch cameras, ranging from 720p FLEXIDOME IP cameras through to 1080p DINION IP starlight cameras, with a DINION IP starlight 8000 camera to provide an overview of the rear carpark. The cameras and a Bosch DIVAR IP 3000 recorder running the Bosch BVMS system, were chosen due to prior product experience and trust of their performance. A key factor in the decision was the low bandwidth provided by the cameras, particularly at night time due to their Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (IDNR) features. With noise reduced at the source during image capture, the low bitrate would not compromise any video quality, but would significantly reduce storage costs.
Caught in the act with irrefutable footage
Having designed and installed the system, Integrity didn’t have to wait long before it proved its worth – and not only to complex management, but to the whole Integrity team. Just a couple of days after commissioning, a suspected thief was caught in the act on multiple high resolution video streams, giving the Integrity technical team the perfect opportunity to assess just how well its new system met operational requirements.
According to Integrity Locksmiths and Security technical manager, Rob Harding, the suspect did not time his activities well. The CCTV system was installed just a few days prior to his excursion onto the premises. The high positioning of the cameras could have also contributed to the suspect’s lack of awareness of a CCTV camera presence.
Clear video footage showed the suspect scouting the car park area and looking into cars, then breaking into one of the parked vehicle, as seen in images A, B and C. A boom gate camera picked up the intruder talking to a person walking through the complex and then caught him leaving the complex via Victoria Road.
Integrity Locksmiths and Securities provided the video footage to NSW Police on a USB thumb drive with the Bosch VMS Archive Player included for quick and easy review on any Windows PC. According to Harding, police were very impressed with the quality of the video and commented on the clarity of the images. Utilising these images they were able to apprehend, build a case against, and charge the suspect.