How Proactive Response Helps with Public Safety

No one wants to feel unsafe in their own neighborhood. And no one wants visitors to feel uneasy when visiting an area they are not familiar with. Talk spreads fast about the security of a particular location, and negative reactions aren’t helped by reports of crime and other dangerous acts occurring in certain places. Public safety surveillance systems can show that there are those who care what happens in their municipality.



Local residents and visitors deserve to feel safe no matter where they are. Public safety should be a top priority for officials. A safe community encourages residents to stay and invites businesses to open. It is possible to achieve a safe and secure neighborhood with public safety surveillance.



The presence of surveillance systems makes it easier for officers to respond proactively to situations. People caught smoking in a park that prohibits it can be warned simply through audio rather than having an officer respond to the situation. Suspects in a robbery have a greater chance of being apprehended if public safety surveillance systems are installed that track their movement.



Disruptions are a part of everyday life, but should be addressed when it threatens public safety. And having several surveillance systems installed can help officers respond in a proactive manner.


Public Safety Surveillance Systems


Knowing that someone is watching gives both residents and visitors confidence in a community. Sharing these resources with law enforcement also helps minimize crime and other untoward behavior.



Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Leverage Champions a Unified Surveillance System for Public Safety


Resource sharing improves first responders’ decision making and keeps communities safe


Riverside, California (US): Leverage Information Systems, a provider of high-quality networking solutions, encourages unified surveillance systems for the better protection of communities. The sharing of resources such as municipal cameras, traffic cameras, and even private cameras helps towards building a better public safety network. With the unification of surveillance systems, existing assets are made greater use of, resulting in a cost-effective system for public safety and protection.


The availability of real-time video provides officers with a tool that they can use to improve response time to critical incidents. With real-time video, officers can find ways to respond better to events, such as a shop robbery or a suspected DUI. The forensic-quality recordings can also be used in investigations and prosecutions.


Leverage works by making an inventory of municipal surveillance systems. The information gathered is used to formulate a plan for building a public safety video network. With an experienced staff, Leverage Detect can have a unified surveillance system up and running in no time.


Not only does a municipal-wide surveillance system protect the public; a unified surveillance system also keeps responding officers safe. After a 911 call is received about a robbery at a local Wal-Mart and with the suspected thief already making an escape, an officer is immediately dispatched to the scene of the crime. The officer is guided by a remote operator who uses the network of cameras to keep track of the suspect while also providing aid to assisting officers.


On their partnership with Leverage Detect, Captain David Povero of the Covina Police Department said, “I am proud to partner with Leverage and appreciate their commitment in providing high quality surveillance technology to improve our ongoing public safety efforts. Our relationship has been a tremendous asset for Covina.”


About Leverage Detect: Leverage Information Systems, Inc. designs and delivers networking solutions for commercial and government sectors. It offers data center, cloud, voice and video, network infrastructure, wireless, RFID asset tracking, unified communications, Web collaboration and conferencing, virtualization, INFOSEC service, IT security, and IP surveillance solutions. Leverage Detect serves education, finance, the federal government, gaming/casino, healthcare, hospitality, enterprise, state and local government, public safety/first responder, security, intelligence, defense, science, mid-markets, and utilities.


It provides its solutions through distributors. Leverage Information Systems, Inc. was formerly known as Federal Network Services, Inc. and changed its name to Leverage Information Systems, Inc. in March 2007. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Woodinville, Washington and services all surveillance solutions in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and San Diego Counties.


Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Best Practices for Surveillance and Security

Security camera systems have embraced internet connection. And given that many web-related services have reported troubles with cyber attacks in recent years, it makes sense for security operators to come up with best practices for surveillance camera systems. Not only that, security staff should also think about applying certain practices to physical security for better overall protection.



Keep Up to Date on Cyber Security News


To be very specific: both the good and the bad news. Paying attention to the good news gives new ideas on how to make security better. On the other hand, listening to the bad news helps address security concerns as early as possible.



Security systems cannot afford to be plagued by cyber security attacks. While it is increasingly getting tough to defend internet-dependent systems, security staff should really make an effort.



Update Passwords Frequently


Decide on a time frame for change. Is once a week too much? Is it more convenient to update passwords once a month? What if password updates were made every quarter? These are the questions you need to ask to determine how often passwords should be changed.



Passwords should also be strong. It should be made up of a string of characters that are not easy to guess. As convenient as it is to use simple, easy-to-remember words as a password, a strong one can protect surveillance camera systems better. It will take time to set up, but it will all be worth it.



Keep Operating Systems Up to Date


Security camera systems will have an operating system and it will be susceptible to vulnerabilities, be it a Windows-, Linux-, or Mac-based system. As such, staff should be diligent in making sure security patches are installed once they are available.



Encrypt Videos


It’s always best for videos to be encrypted, whether they are in transit or stored on a disk. Doing so limits privacy risks.



Keep Security Equipment Safe


The online threats are stressful enough to think about, but you shouldn’t forget about the physical threats as well. It makes sense to keep cameras and other associated equipment in an area where it can be secured. Access to the area or room where security equipment are stored should be restricted to authorized personnel only.



Make Sure to Update Supporting Software


Aside from updating operating systems with security patches, it also helps to keep all supporting software up to date. After all, they could also serve as entry points for attacks if they carry vulnerabilities. While you can always check if there are updates, you can also make calls to the vendor in case news breaks of new cyber attacks.



The increasing amount of cyber security concerns could leave surveillance camera systems vulnerable. It would be detrimental for an organization to have security systems break down. This is why having a surveillance system shouldn’t just stop at installation – it’s a process that involves hardware, software, and physical protection as well.



Implementing – and updating – best practices for surveillance and security ensures that troubles are kept at a minimum.


Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Benefits to School District Surveillance Systems

Students should feel safe in school. It’s a place where they make and meet friends, and is a place for learning. However, the violence that has happened on campus over the years has brought to question the safety and security of schools. And in response, School district surveillance should be looked into and implemented around the country.



Is enough being done to ensure that children are being protected while at school? Installing a system of security cameras is one of the more important tools in safeguarding children while on campus. Having such a system can aid towards not only identifying potential issues, but also finding quick resolution.



The need to put up school security cameras shouldn’t just be the responsibility of individual schools. School district surveillance systems provide a better way of dealing with challenges such as violence or vandalism.



Benefits of School District Surveillance Systems


Sharing resources is always better than working in isolation. A proactive response to any situation greatly increases the chances of resolution. It also allows problem solving even without the need for police intervention. For instance, students caught smoking in a non-smoking area can be warned off through audio speaker, rather than having authorities come over to ask them to leave.



It’s not just in policing misdeeds that make school district surveillance systems useful, they are also helpful in monitoring visitors. It’s not just students that can roam a school campus – visitors are welcome as well. With security cameras installed at entrance doors, staff have a much better way of making sure visitors have been properly signed in.



School surveillance systems can also be configured to fit particular needs. This is important because security officers are often in varying places, and it helps to have a flexible system that permits that to happen.



Schools also deal with issues like vandalism. With school surveillance cameras placed in conspicuous places, the chances of such acts being committed can be greatly reduced. Many students also face harassment and having cameras in many areas helps keep them safe because authorities can address the issue at the first sign of trouble.



Public areas such as cafeterias and sports fields can also benefit from having security cameras installed. These are areas that receive a high amount of traffic, and it helps to have others watching over what’s unfolding. However, there are certain laws that govern when and where surveillance systems can be installed so it’s still best to check with the school board.



Areas that Benefit from School District Surveillance Systems


Main entrances benefit from having cameras installed because these serve as entry points and it always helps to know who has entered campus. Putting up cameras near exits also helps since they could also be potential areas where trouble may take place.



Cameras aren’t just useful for monitoring people. They can be used to protect valuables such as books and computers.



Parking areas can also benefit from having surveillance systems as it protects students and staff members as they arrive and leave the campus. Knowing that there is someone watching can also discourage break-ins and vandalism.



Students should feel safe while they are in school. And knowing that there are security cameras in many areas across campus lets them know that their school cares about their safety.


Leverage Detect is proud to offer its services nationwide and to the following counties and cities: Chino, Fontana, Hemet, Jurupa Valley, Loma Linda, Moreno Valley, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Leverage Information Systems Completes Surveillance Upgrade for Inglewood

Leverage Information Systems recently completed a surveillance system upgrade for the City of Inglewood.  Having partnered with Leverage Information Systems to provide their city-wide surveillance solution, the City of Inglewood engaged Leverage to complete the upgrade of equipment in and around the police facility.  The upgrade included new cameras for the jail facility as well as the parking structure.  These new cameras provide enhanced detail and quality not available in the older equipment.  The new equipment improves the efficiency of the existing surveillance system while improving the security and safety of those citizens in and around the police facility.