How to define vandalism and prevent defacement and criminal damage with video security software with video security software
Damaged building sides, stolen alarms, riots, memorial destructions, car arson, graffiti, desecration of the graves – no matter its form or intention, vandalism causes disorder and an unnecessary expense.
A single instance of vandalism acts like a chain reaction. Defacement can increase your area’s crime rate, decrease your property value, resulting in property riots, incur repair costs and cause delays to construction projects.
Nowadays we come to one question, how can we define vandalism to prevent defacement and protect our parks, public places, administrative buildings and the city itself?
First of all, you need to identify the weak points. No matter, whether it is a park, office building or historical site. Once you identify the groups likely to target your building, assess your facility from the eyes of a vandal, that will help to protect your property from defacement effectively. Look for weak perimeter points, unlit areas are good for hiding, architectural features are ideal for defacement.
Secondly, you need to suppress and frighten away the vandals. Buildings where vandals do not see visible video security monitoring are an easy target. You can suppress and frighten away the vandals with different strategies, create both physical and psychological barriers. To physical barriers also refer gates, fences, ID card accesses, limited number of access points. What touches upon the psychological barriers, among them are presence of security guards, noticeable security cameras and surveillance signage.
Many of you can think how can video security software help us define vandalism and prevent defacement? I advise you to remember that case in North Bergen. When a teen “tagged” the words ‘Bone,’ ‘B1’ and ‘B5’ in black spray paint on several properties along Court Street, soon he was found with the help of footage from video security software. However, we always have the reverse of the coin. In Berlin, a group of people were causing defacement to surveillance cameras within a game framework. The game called Camover, was played across Berlin. The participants would do criminal damage to cameras in protest against the rise in close-circuit television across Germany.
Read also about the ways to prevent vandalism acts in banks in this article.
|Xeoma’s ‘Text Recognition‘ module is powered by artificial intelligence and is a great aid in background scanning of the surroundings for graffiti.|
So it is up to you to decide whether using video security software will help you to define vandalism to prevent criminal damage to your property or not.
26 September 2014, updated 13 July 2022