More fuel for hosted video's business case

Lots of little burglary stories come across my inbox every day, but this one piqued my interest:
According to investigators, officers responded to the business on Route 70 at 3:09 a.m. because of an activated burglar alarm. They found a rear door had been forced open and the digital video recording system was removed but no money or merchandise was missing, police said.
Yes, a liquor store was robbed, but the only thing taken was the video surveillance system. I'm assuming that means a DVR. Doubt they went around and grabbed all the cameras as well, but maybe so. How about that? Lord knows what the motivation was. Someone broke in, set off the alarm, took the DVR and left, all inside of about five minutes. Is it because the DVR was a decent one and was in fact the most valuable thing in the store? Is there a resale market for DVRs on Craig's List/eBay? Is there an underground need for DVRs and cameras by criminals looking to protect their own valuable stashes of drugs and guns and cash piles? Regardless, this further makes the case for solutions like Speco's DVR that looks like an alarm panel, but also for hosted video in general. They can't steal the video if it's stored in a secure location thousands of miles away. I think this becomes more and more of a selling point as criminals get more savvy about how video works and these storage devices are seen as more and more critical to an operation's day to day activities. At least hot-redundant back-up will be required, and it's hard not to see the value of taking that storage box out of the equation altogether for locations like the liquor store involved here that are unlikely to have any kind of secure data center.


What's the percentage of DVRs that are stolen each year? .1%? .01%? 

It's rare. I am sure anecdotes exist (if only because there are over 5 million DVRs deployed in the world). I just do not see it as a likely threat justifying changes.

Actually, I think it's more common than you think. Speco created a whole new product to combat it, and if you google "DVR Lockbox" quite a few solutions come up. I think it's more the threat of damage than the threat of theft. I think it's fairly common now - going by anecdotes from dealers - for criminals to search out the recording device and try to destroy it. I'll see if I can come up with some kind of more firm data, though.

Starting to get more anecdotal evidence in. Here's a response from the VP of a large integrator about whether stolen DVRs is a problem. I did not mention hosted video in my question to him:

"Yes, I have a customer that it just occurred with and it did not end well. The DVR got removed and someone got shot. The bad guys used to take the tapes from VCRs but they have adapted understanding technology and where it’s going. I have a multi-site client looking for us to stream his video off-site to avert this. Actually a hot topic, Sam."

I hope I am wrong, but I find myself agreeing with John. The fear of having a DVR stolen is outweighed by the fact that you can "touch" a DVR, lift it up and feel how heavy it is. You can't do that with a hosted video service. It will be a long slow process to wean dealers and integrators away from their trusty old DVR's :-(