Cops nab copper thief, thanks to CV monitoring

copper-thief-12-13-14Retail shopping centers are especially busy this time of year, but the customers entering through the front doors aren’t the only people shopping for something shiny this holiday season.

On December 13, 2014, at approximately 8:20 p.m., a Centralized Vision Operating Tech observed two suspicious males arrive on bikes at a retail shopping center in Phoenix, AZ. The men proceeded to the rear of the center and approached several secure boxes containing copper wiring and attempted to open them. The CV tech notified the authorities and Phoenix Police was dispatched to investigate. The officers arrived and located the two trespassers hiding behind a block wall. One suspect was immediately arrested.

And that’s one less Grinch roaming the streets. Watch the video here.

Phoenix Police Arrest Metal Thief at Arizona Recycling Facility

A Centralized Vision technician noticed that a male suspect was trespassing on the property of Arizona Recycling Corp. after seeing him on video surveillance going through copper and other metal materials in cardboard bins at 8:45 p.m. on Feb. 13, 2013. The technician immediately called the Phoenix Police Department’s dispatch center and three units were sent to inspect the property near downtown Phoenix.

In the video, the suspect was spotted on Arizona Recycling Corp.’s property by the spotlights from a Phoenix Police Department helicopter. Phoenix Police confirmed seeing the suspect on property at 8:57 p.m. Five police officers, along with a K-9 unit, entered the property at 9:17 p.m. to search for the suspect. At 9:25 p.m., two officers can be seen on video escorting the suspect on the property in handcuffs.

The Centralized Vision technician confirmed with Phoenix Police Department’s dispatch at 10:29 p.m. the suspect was arrested and going through processing at a local jail.

Centralized Vision Camera Monitoring Leads to Copper Theft Arrest at Phoenix Recycling Facility

After a Centralized Vision technician noticed suspicious activity while monitoring surveillance cameras at a Phoenix recycling facility around 6 p.m. on October 27, 2012, he alerted the Phoenix Police Department about the incident. As the tech zoomed in with the security camera, he noticed the trespasser in the bottom-right corner of the screen was wearing a light-colored bandana over his face and a dark hat while he was removing copper metal from the facility.

At 6:13 p.m., Phoenix Police arrived at the facility and five officers along with a K-9 unit were allowed on the facility’s grounds to look for the suspect. As the officers and K-9 looked for the suspect on foot, camera surveillance showed a Phoenix Police helicopter shining its lights from above trying to find the suspect. At 7:14 p.m., Phoenix Police notified the Centralized Vision technician that the suspect was found and arrested.

Metal theft has become an epidemic in Arizona since the economic downturn started in 2008. Law enforcement agencies blame the trend on a combination of the unemployed seeking items to sell for cash and drug addicts looking to finance their next score. Insurance claims arising from metal thefts rose nationwide by 81 percent during the last three years compared with the number of claims filed from 2007-08, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Catching Female Trespassing Suspect Proves Centralized Vision’s Role as Crime Deterrent


Centralized Vision sees female suspect trespassing on client’s property and calls Phoenix Police at 8:03 p.m.

At 8:50 p.m., Phoenix Police officers escort female suspect from secured area of the property without an arrest.

By Tom Vigilante

What separates Centralized Vision from most security companies is that we offer remote-camera monitoring with real-time response options. Centralized Vision’s 24-hour technicians constantly monitor our clients’ property and assets through video verification and serve as a deterrent to prevent crimes from occurring.

To further prove that point, one of our technicians was recently monitoring the video feed during routine tours of the security cameras at the West Highland Shopping Center in Phoenix one evening. Around 8 p.m., our technician noticed a female walking around the loading dock that was in a secured area behind Food City. At 8:03 p.m., our technician called the Phoenix Police Department’s dispatch and described the female trespassing suspect to them. Phoenix Police dispatched a unit to the shopping center at 8:06 p.m., and by 8:11 p.m. a police officer had arrived on the east side of the property. The police officer did a quick visual inspection while patrolling the property but did not see the female suspect and left the property at 8:16 p.m.

After another tour of the video feed from the shopping center at 8:23 p.m., our technician noticed the female suspect was still trespassing on the property and called the Phoenix Police Department’s dispatch again. Two police officers arrived on site at the shopping center at 8:50 p.m. and found the female suspect. They alerted the female that she was in a secure area at the shopping center and that she was trespassing. The police officers escorted the female suspect off the property at 9:02 p.m. and left the scene.

Although the female suspect was not arrested, an example like this shows how Centralized Vision acts as a deterrent to criminal activity on our clients’ property in addition to the perseverance of our technicians to work with local police departments as a team. We have established great relationships with local law enforcement agencies so that they can trust our technicians for giving them detailed information when we call them after witnessing criminal activity.

Tom Vigilante, Jr. is President & Founder at Centralized Vision. For more information on real-time video verification services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094.

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