Handling Nuisance Crime with Surveillance

A good surveillance system is, at its core, about keeping communities safe: citizens, schools, officers, and buildings and public spaces. These are all important components of a healthy community environment, but it’s crucial to implement a model of proactive response — that means understanding the situation and reacting in the best and quickest way, the first time.

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Protecting Your Community

Improving quality-of-life metrics is a standard and appropriate goal of any municipal initiative. Citizens want and deserve to feel confident about their safety, both inside their homes and out among their neighbors. Public perception of a city’s crime statistics and incident response can either bolster or erode the public’s confidence in their elected officials and safety professionals.


A municipal video surveillance system is often deployed initially in parks, schools, and public areas. There is usually strong support for such systems, and because they have proven to dramatically decrease nuisance crime and vandalism, it’s a great way to earn public trust in a new system.

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Once the success of the program is demonstrated to citizens, the system is easily scalable to include traffic monitoring, public building interiors, and even private companies, without adding significantly to the cost of operation and monitoring. DETECT is a force-multiplying technology that permits a small number of technicians to monitor a vast area, and allows officers to focus on what’s really important.

Monitoring School Grounds

Property crime is another major concern of many school districts.  An innovative and effective method to monitor and protect property includes sharing cameras from different surveillance systems. A local school district saved thousands of dollars with DETECT VMS as shown in the video below:


And aside from the property infractions, campus security is up against a unique set of challenges in today’s heightened threat environment. Our K-12 and higher education institutions have been facing increasingly more dangerous threats, and parents and communities are expecting or even demanding better security options to protect their children. These new challenges require intelligent solutions, and DETECT VSS has worked with school districts to solve face this modern reality.



In this age of budget cuts and economic crunches, investing in DETECT VSS is a smart move. Between unifying assets, consolidating video monitoring, and using off-site crime deterrent methods, a community can actually improve response rates without adding a single responder.

Leverage DETECT is a sound investment in a number of ways:

  • Increases the effectiveness of existing surveillance assets through city-wide unification and sharing.
  • Multiplies law enforcement assets and implements PDA intervention in non-critical situations
  • Maintains forensic recordings as evidence for prosecution and recovering damages.