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Crime Ring Targets Car Dealership


On September 20, 2016 By admin

Authorities and investigators in Auburndale, Florida have been perplexed by the sudden increase of burglaries caught on car dealership video surveillance footage in recent months. An increase so alarming in fact that many security experts suspect the involvement of a crime ring.

Video surveillance footage shows the group of thieves in the act of smashing through the glass doors and climbing through to steal five sets of keys and subsequently drive off in five stolen cars.

What is perhaps most troubling about this incident though is the fact authorities say this was not an isolated incident, as similar burglaries of other car dealerships have been on the rise in areas throughout central Florida.

The footage captured on the video surveillance system of the car dealership seemed to indicate that these thieves knew exactly where to go to locate the keys, evidence that could indeed indicate the involvement of a crime ring, as most run-of-the-mill thieves don’t operate with such coordination while burglarizing a car dealership.

While authorities were able to recover all five of the stolen vehicles, these burglaries should be troubling to any car dealership owner, or any business owner for that matter.

Authorities have also revealed that some arrests have been made but that there are a number of car thieves still out there that have not been brought to justice, leading many to believe that this pattern of criminal activity just may continue on until they are.

There is however still hope, and that hope remains not only in the law enforcement officers and other officials who help investigate and even prevent these burglaries from happening in the first place, but also with the video surveillance technologies that make it possible to help apprehend those criminals once they have committed a crime.

In other words, while we may not be able to stop all criminal activity from ever taking place and every robbery from ever being committed, what we can do is help deter and capture criminals with the use of surveillance systems like video cameras and other smart security solutions. For example, authorities in Auburndale were able to analyze the footage from the surveillance system at the car dealership to ascertain important information that leads to the capture of the car thieves. The technology behind the surveillance system made it possible for investigators to connect the multiple car dealership burglaries across the state of Florida to the one captured in the footage.

So if there is a lesson to be learned from this story it is that we are better off protecting ourselves and our businesses with security solutions like video surveillance cameras, and similar solutions that make is more likely to prevent and stop theft and crime.

The video surveillance system of the car dealership in Auburndale should serve as a reminder to all businesses and business owners out there that we must do everything we can to protect our companies, our investments, the people we work with, and the safety and security of all three of them.

Contact CalAtlantic today to find out how we can help you keep your assets protected!

 

Caught on Cam: Dog Crashes Car


On September 15, 2016 By admin

Believe it or not, the following news headline is actually true: “Surveillance video shows dog crashing owner’s car into Walmart, 2nd dog rides shotgun” (Carscoops.com, 8/2/16).

Sounds like a scene out of a movie right? Well, if it wasn’t for the surveillance camera in place then the world might not have learned about this crazy story, and many would be left wondering how in the world the car crashed into the Walmart in the first place!

At the beginning of August this year in a Walmart parking lot in West Virginia, the dog’s owner (and licensed driver, unlike the dog) left her canine companions in the (running) car while she went into the store for a quick purchase. Then upon returning to the parking lot, she was greeted by the police who informed her that her dogs had crashed her car into the Walmart building! Thankfully, it was a minor crash and no one was hit, but you’re probably now asking yourself just exactly how a dog was able to put a car in drive and end up crashing into a building! Well fortunately for everyone involved in the situation, we are able to answer this question thanks only to the presence of a high-quality video surveillance system that captured and recording the entire incident.

Aside from the natural hilarity of this situation and the fact that no person or dog was injured as a result, there is an important lesson to be learned from this incident, and it is simply that a surveillance system is absolutely essential when it comes to protecting every facet of your business. Now imagine this: the same situation as described above happens, the only difference, this time, is that there is no surveillance system in place to record said incident. How would having a surveillance camera set up in the parking lot make any difference in this situation?

As was the case in the West Virginia Walmart parking lot earlier this summer, there were no witnesses to the canine car crash, and so if it weren’t for the presence of the surveillance camera, no one-not the owner of the car, the manager of the Walmart, or the insurance company- would have been able to prove what had happened to cause the crash. Needless to say, if this incident had not been captured on the surveillance system network it’s likely that some type of damages would have had to have been paid on behalf of the Walmart or the car manufacturer. But thanks to high-definition surveillance footage from Walmart’s security system, authorities were able to quickly determine that one of the dog’s dislodged the gear shift, causing the vehicle to coast straight into the nearest building.

So the moral of this story for every business owner is that if you want to protect your company, employees, and customers from everything from car crashes to robberies, you must invest in a high-quality surveillance system that catches even the most unexpected of situations. For more information on what the optimal surveillance security options are for your business, contact CalAtlantic today to find out how we can help protect all of your company’s assets!