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.