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Car thieves caught in the act by IQeye cameras

IQinVision : 14 August, 2008  (Application Story)
Megapixel resolution of the IQeye surveillance cameras in a Florida restaurant brought car thief into clear focus leading to successful conviction
Car thieves caught in the act by IQeye cameras
IQinVision has announced that IQeye MegaPixel cameras were instrumental in detecting and prosecuting two recent major incidents of crime.

At a southern Florida branch of one of the nation’s largest casual dining chains, staff and customers were subjected to a high amount of car theft and break-ins in the restaurant’s parking lot. The legacy CCTV system’s analogue cameras could not provide positive identification on subjects even 50 feet away. A recent violent incident on the restaurant grounds motivated management to ask their integrator, NAVCO, to upgrade the video surveillance system.

NAVCO installed IQeye Sentinel cameras to cover the parking lot in forensic detail resolution. In short order, a patron reported that their car had been broken into, the video was retrieved, the police called, and within days the perpetrator had been apprehended. “It’s like two different worlds, the IQ video is so crisp and clear, we could see the make and model of the perpetrator’s car from 100 yards away,” reported Lee Brazzel, NAVCO Networks & Security. “With CCTV analogue cameras, we would have been lucky if we could tell a pickup from a sedan! I’ve been looking at analogue images for 20 years, there just isn’t any comparison—the IQeye images are amazing.”

In another recent incident, a man stole a $47,000 engagement ring from a Pennsylvania jewellery store. The man, who spent over two hours in the store, was able to palm the engagement ring while the salesperson was busy putting away multiple rings he had already viewed. A few months prior to the incident, Access Security had upgraded the jewellery store’s standard resolution camera system with an Exacq Technologies DVR and IQeye MegaPixel cameras.

The upgraded system caught the entire crime on video and that evening Access Security was called to help retrieve the video. After positively identifying the man stealing the ring, Access Security exported the video to a CD for the police and created a still picture for the newspapers. After the picture appeared in the local papers, it took only two days for the police to apprehend the suspect. The owner of the jewellery store was impressed, “With our old CCTV system we would not have been able to catch this guy and our ring would be gone.” The Chief Deputy District Attorney was quoted saying that the video was “critical” to the arrest.

“We’ve been saying it for some time now, MegaPixel is now mainstream,” commented Pete DeAngelis, IQinVision President and CEO. “When end users truly understand the full range of benefits and the favorable total cost of ownership for MegaPixel technology over CCTV, they invariably choose IQinVision.
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