Surveillance Video Part of Our Future After Helping FBI Identify Boston Marathon Bombers

By Tom Vigilante, Jr.

I wonder what would have happened if video surveillance cameras were not able to provide the Federal Bureau of Investigation any identifying evidence of the terrorists responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15.

Once the FBI released still images and good quality video surveillance footage from a Lord and Taylor department store that publicly identified two male suspects in conjunction with the Boston Marathon bombings on April 18, federal authorities had their needle in a haystack of evidence to launch a massive manhunt to track down the terrorists. A day after the video footage was made public, one terrorist was dead and the other was in federal custody, preventing further harm to people living in Boston.

There is no doubt that surveillance video played a crucial role in solving the Boston Marathon bombing. Video cameras have helped solve and prevent other crimes as well.

The criminal investigation of the failed car bomb in Times Square in 2010 was helped enormously by surveillance video. Closed-circuit television footage identified four men involved in the London subway bombings in 2005 that killed 56 people. Phillip Markoff, who became known as the Craigslist killer, was captured in part because of video footage identifying him at the scene of the crime.

According to NBC News, more than 30 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the United States over the last decade. There are surveillance cameras everywhere and you cannot operate on public property and public streets thinking that anything you do is private. And people are asking for more video cameras to be installed to catch criminals and deter terrorists.

Across the Atlantic Ocean, there is probably no other capital city intensively photographed as much as London. Great Britain currently has approximately 2 million surveillance cameras installed, which is an astounding one camera for every 32 people in the country. An average person walking throughout London can expect to be viewed on surveillance video hundreds times a day.

While privacy and civil liberties groups have recently expressed concern about too many video surveillance cameras being available for the government to view, I believe the good heavily outweighs the bad when it comes to having Big Brother watching over us. If surveillance video can help law enforcement officials solve a crime and prevent other crimes from being committed, I believe it is a fair trade for all of us to appear on video surveillance every now and then.

After all, what more could have happened if video surveillance cameras did not capture images of the Boston Marathon bombers?

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Centralized Vision Builds Relationships with Security Camera Providers at ISC West Conference

By Tami Vigilante

Tom and I just returned from a three-day trip to Las Vegas to attend the International Security Conference West show at the Sands Convention Center, where we established great relationships with various security camera software and equipment providers throughout the country to become advocates of Centralized Vision.

ISC West is the largest annual gathering of the security industry in the United States. Each year, security industry brands launch new products, solutions and technologies to the more than 23,000 security professionals visiting Las Vegas. There was more than $50 billion in buying power walking the aisles during the conference’s three days, showing how healthy the Security Industry Association is that represents all of the more than 350 security product manufacturers and service providers.

We met with numerous security camera companies, including Sony, OnSSI and Axis Communications, and video security software companies, Proximex, CNL and VidSys, to discuss if they could offer our video monitoring service in contracts to their customers, as a value add to enhance their solution. We also learned about new video security system camera technology that will be available soon, along with new software platforms that can be used to enhance our real-time video managed services.

Although we are one of the top-ranked security companies in Phoenix AZ, we were able to discuss business deals with conference attendees from anywhere in the country because we can connect our tech center monitoring service to any video camera systems around the world. Centralized Vision’s video surveillance system monitoring is very affordable and our security technology interfaces with all brands of video equipment and proprietary reporting software.

We are excited about further developing the relationships we made with numerous security industry companies at ISC West. We are also counting down the days to return to Las Vegas for ISC West in 2014.

Phoenix TV Station Discusses Surveillance Cameras with Centralized Vision After Boston Marathon Bombing

With the FBI and Boston Police Department reviewing every photo and piece of video footage they can gather from the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy on April 15, 3TV television reporter Jared Dillingham looked into the increasing role of surveillance camera video and how it is being used in solving various crimes.

Dillingham interviewed Centralized Vision President and Founder Tom Vigilante Jr. about how the Phoenix metropolitan area is increasingly being monitored by more video security systems. Centralized Vision recently expanded its video monitoring service center in Central Phoenix after growing its client base by 30 percent in 2012.

“It’s pretty safe to say that somewhere somehow you are being watched,” Vigilante told Dillingham.

The real-time video verification services provided on the more than 5,000 cameras Centralized Vision monitors in the Phoenix area has helped local police departments make a couple of arrests each month to protect its clients’ assets.

“Improving technology, dropping costs and improving crime fighting are giving more birds’ eye views of everything we do,” Dillingham said in the segment.

Hopefully, the presence of security cameras at large public gatherings, sporting events and office buildings will deter criminals from committing these devastating acts of violence in the future. Because of technology and enhanced communications methods, it is nearly certain they will be brought to justice.

Increase in Auto Inventory Could Lead to Potential Criminal Activity at Car Dealerships

By Tom Vigilante, Jr.

The current economic rebound has been great news for auto dealerships throughout the United States.

According to a recent J.D. Powers and Associates study, new cars and trucks sales are expected to reach nearly 1.5 million vehicles in March and experts are forecasting that 15.3 million automobiles will be sold in 2013.

Because growth in auto sales is outperforming earlier expectations, dealerships in Arizona are adding more vehicles on their lots to satisfy customer’s demands. However, an increase in an auto dealer’s inventory may also bring the potential of theft, vandalism and trespassing at dealerships.

Providing real-time video managed services for auto dealerships has developed into a core part of our business at Centralized Vision. With the addition of Earnhardt Cadillac in North Scottsdale and Desert Cadillac in Scottsdale as clients recently, Centralized Vision now monitors 16 auto dealerships in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

By providing remote-camera monitoring with real-time response actions, our technicians have been successful in capturing and arresting trespassers, graffiti taggers and thieves on the property of various clients, including car dealerships. Centralized Vision posts signs throughout our client’s properties to act as deterrents and if available, has the ability to utilize one or two-way audio speakers, to speak throughout the property with, to warn would-be criminals that they are being watched. Our service has proven to be a more affordable and efficient option when compared to other similar security options, with savings up to 85 percent less than the typical physical security officer.

As long as the economy continues to grow, people will continue to purchase big-ticket items like new vehicles. Centralized Vision’s service is designed to eliminate petty theft and vandalism and to ensure vehicles remain on the lot so auto dealers can meet consumer’s demands.

Tom Vigilante, Jr. is President & Founder of Centralized Vision, which has offices in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver. For more information on real-time video managed services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094.

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