ABC 6 ‘Caught In The Act’ story leads to police arresting suspected thief | #ESC_LLC #VideoSurveillance #Camera #Arrest | A Columbus man is locked up and charged with theft after being identified by ABC 6 viewers, police say. Roy Meade, 52, is accused of stealing dozens of expensive tire rims last October, from Williams Tires in South Columbus.
Court documents read during Meade’s arraignment hearing Wednesday morning in Franklin County Municipal court, state detectives learned about Meade as a possible suspect after ABC 6 viewers called the police.
“Local TV Channel 6, aired the information, with the suspect description and vehicle description,” said Monique Shafer, as she read from charging documents, “The next day a tip was received by police, ABC 6’s “Caught In The Act” segment broadcast surveillance video of the crime, which showed a man and woman drive up behind the business shortly after it closed and steal dozens of metal tire rims worth more than $1,000.”
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“The above news item proves without a doubt that video surveillance works. We actually install overt cameras in order to prevent crime, and it will do just that because most criminals are smart enough to know when not to commit a crime. When there’s cameras on a building, they should know better,” says John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio. “Those who proceed to commit a crime under the watchful eye of an ESC camera system are destined to be caught by police, arrested, and prosecuted, as was the case with this group of criminals.”
The fact is, video as a means of asset protection has taken off over the past two decades. Not only that, but market experts say that we haven’t seen anything yet.
“Security surveillance, the act of monitoring a certain activity, place, or person for safety reasons, is a growing market. Technology plays a major role in enhancing security and surveillance capabilities by offering many increasingly technical solutions, such as alarms, access control devices, and video surveillance. In 2015, the security technology and services market generated about 75.6 billion U.S. dollars in revenue worldwide. This figure is expected to grow to 82 billion U.S. dollars by 2016” (http://bit.ly/2SBqMD8).
ESC handles a wide variety of camera systems. From small self-contained, four-camera systems with a local DVR (Digital Video Recorder) to that of huge network-based systems with hundreds of cameras.
“In this case, we offer local NVR’s (Network Video Recorders) as well as Cloud-based recording and processing services,” says Larkin. “Our cloud-based systems also provide you with immediate Smartphone access so you can see who’s inside your business when there’s an alarm.”
ESC’s Smartphone App also allows you to interact with the central station, alerting them when the individual that caused the alarm belongs there. A soft button on your smartphone allows you to automatically send this message while doing whatever you’re doing.
For more information on ESC’s video surveillance products and services, conact John Larkin at 614-754-1393 or email him at ESC@tpromo.com.