In recent years, many law enforcement agencies across the nation have faced a staff shortage. This drought has strained many agencies, often leading to either overworked employees or gaps in coverage. While there has been a strong recruitment push, some cities are turning to citywide surveillance to assist their local law enforcement. But what is citywide surveillance and how does it help cities? We discuss this below.
What is Citywide Surveillance?
Citywide surveillance is the strategic use of cameras and sensors to alert officials of crimes and other events within a municipality. This solution is comprised of a variety of tools, each selected and positioned based on your city’s unique needs.
As an example, one of our clients has over 20 cameras distributed throughout the city, consisting of different types such as 360°, bullet, and our NOMAD cameras. Our solution has helped them reduce capture time, increased situational awareness, and created a force multiplier.
Another one of our clients with a citywide surveillance solution captured a wanted criminal within 10 minutes of installing their system!
More Than Just Cameras
Citywide surveillance solutions are generally comprised of more than just cameras. Depending on your city’s need and budget, your solution can utilize a wide range of sensors to track targeted events.
For example, if violent crime plagues your community, it might be valuable to invest in a gunshot detection system. When a nearby sensor detects a gunshot, it not only alerts officers, but it can direct nearby cameras to focus on the area, identify the number of shots, and more!
Other sensors (such as car-crash detection, ground radar, and IR lights) can be mixed and combined to create a system that truly addresses a city’s needs.
Designing Your System
A truly efficient citywide surveillance solution that requires expert planning and understanding. In almost every case, you’ll want to hire a security systems integrator (like us) to design and install the system for you.
A decent systems integrator will come visit your city to learn more about your needs and get a better understanding of your city’s current infrastructure and layout. Afterwards, they will design a system that pulls from different cameras and sensors to optimize effectiveness and work within your budget.
Your final, integrated system will help your local law enforcement agency respond quickly, accurately, and efficiently.
Do you have any questions about citywide surveillance or its impact? Be sure to leave a comment in the section below!