Showing posts with label crime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label crime. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Catching Crooks is the Game, Deterrence is the Aim

Career criminals who have previously done time for past crimes realize that if they are caught again, they’ll do even more time. For this reason, they cannot afford to be caught again. Many of these crooks specialize in what they do and many of them do it quite well.

Some of these career criminals will resort to setting the scene of a crime ablaze in order to destroy evidence. Fire is one way to destroy fingerprint residue as well as the media that holds video evidence. Examples of this include SD/Micro-SD chips in cameras, DVR’s (digital video recorders), NVR’s (network video recorders), DVD’s, and other means of video data storage.

“Fires, by their destructive nature, consume the evidence of their initiation and progress as they grow. Investigations are compromised, and often scenes are further destroyed by the activities of the fire service, whose primary responsibilities are to save lives and protect property against further damage” (Fire and Arson Scene Evidence: A Guide for Public Safety Personnel,
Video combined with intrusion/fire detection is one way to fight this kind of crime right from the beginning. The mere presence of cameras in and about a targeted business is often enough to send this type of criminal scurrying to an adjacent business who does not display any sign of cameras or a security system. The existence of a siren box on the side of a building, the presence of a working keypad inside the foyer, having foil tape or vibration detection bugs attached to the window glass around the perimeter, the presence of cameras inside and out are often enough to deter would-be criminals before the crime has been committed.
“Again I say, catching crooks may be the name of the game, but deterrence is always our aim,” says John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Columbus, Ohio.
Toward that end, having a quality video surveillance system with off-site image archiving is one way to retain valuable evidence, evidence that would otherwise be destroyed in an intentionally set fire.

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (@ESC_LLC) specializes in the sale and installation of quality video surveillance, intrusion, and fire detection systems. Off-site image archiving is available at competitive prices.

Give ESC a call today and we’ll be happy to visit your place of business where we’ll develop a game plan specific to your situation. Call us today at 614-754-1393, send us an email at, or use our quick quote form on our website at (scroll down, on right).

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Monday, April 13, 2015

How to Deter Robberies in a Convenient Store Setting

What is the best way to protect my convenient store during hours from robbery?

There are all kinds of ways to discourage robberies in your convenient store. Probably one of the most significant ways to accomplish this is to install cameras in your store. They should be quite visible to the assailant with a means of recording that is hidden and locked up. There also are services where video is sent to a video storage service over the Internet. This assures that if the robbers take your digital video recorder (DVR), they can still be caught on film, so to speak.

One camera should be facing the door through which the perpetrator(s) enter the store. Another camera should be set watching the count as well as the person on the other side. If money allows, a third camera should be positioned looking at the behind-counter view just in case the assailant enters that area from the side.

Camera placement of a fourth camera might include the isle in which you stock high-risk items. This camera is optional of course. Also where beer and liquor is made available to customers, just in case someone might try to hide one under his/her coat.

Another means of visible deterrence is to place a small monitor where the assailants can see themselves on it. This is a very powerful deterrence because they know their actions are being recorded.

In closing, although we’d like to say that total deterrence is possible, it goes without saying that there are some criminals who will commit a robbery no matter what you or your alarm company will do. By having a quality, well-maintained video surveillance system, the robbery will be documented as well as the assailant(s) involved.

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC of Columbus, Louisville, and Cleveland is ready and able to assist you in deterring would-be criminals from committing a robbery in your store. Give us a call and allow us the opportunity to provide you with valuable advice as well as a competitive quote for security and the cameras you need. There is no cost for consultation as this is what we do each and every day.

Call me, John Larkin, at 614-754-1393, or send an email to

John Larkin, Senior Partner


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Importance of Video Surveillance

Business and homeowners, Federal and State government institutions, educational facilities, huge campuses, and others can benefit in a huge way by implementing video surveillance. There are three reasons for doing so:
  1. Crime Prevention. The visible presence of cameras outside and inside is often enough to stop a crime before it happens.
  2. Documentation. When a crime does occur, a quality video surveillance system will be able to provide pictures of the criminal, possibly in the act.
  3. Remote Access. Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) can connect your video surveillance system to your smart phone or laptop so when you’re out and about you can look in on things.
Crime prevention is perhaps one of the most important aspects associated with CCTV implementation because it seeks to stop crimes from happening in the first place. For example, the very sight of a camera  staring you in the face when you walk into a retail store tells the would-be criminal that chances are that he'll be caught doing his ill deed. The idea is that he'll then go elsewhere, where he knows there are no cameras.

Documentation is also an important part of security because it assures us that when something bad does happen. law enforcement will have a full accounting of it on film, so to speak. Of course, today's video surveillance systems do not use photo-sensitive film to record images on. Instead, analog images are converted into digital data and then they are stored either within a solid-state memory device or on a hard drive in a digital video recorder, for example.

Remote access to your video surveillance system allows you to see cameras in action in real time as well as review recorded video clips. Best of all, this capability allows you to see them from anywhere in the world. In years past this feat was performed over a standard telephone connection using a modem of some kind. Today's DVRs do this through the Internet.

ESC offers the finest in IP (Internet Protocol) as well as traditional CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) systems. We offer the following brands:
  • Vicon
  • Openeye
  • Pelco
  • Samsung
  • Eastern CCTV
  • Bosch
  • Sony

For more information on ESC video surveillance services, visit our services page at