NYC Burglars Tie up Victims, But Are Caught by Security Cams

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The two biggest developments in home security services are safer cellular monitoring and interactive monitoring services (remote control notifications, video, and even home automation). But on the alarm equipment side, security cameras for the home have experienced the greatest growth. It’s hard to scan the crime headlines and reports from across the US (which I do daily) without seeing a story about an intruder being captured on video. Video services are growing, which should make us all feel safer, since it’s much easier to catch a perp when you have his image to share with police. Here’s a high-profile burglary report from The Big Apple, where the stakes were high, and security cameras were on the job. It’s a good thing, too.

Security cameras filmed the mugs of two robbers who stole cash and jewelry from the midtown home of a business executive who may have been set up by someone he invited to a recent party, police said Tuesday. George Bardwil and two business associates were overpowered Monday afternoon by two men who then bound them, stole their money, credit cards and up to $300,000 in jewelry.

More Background on the Crime

“Somebody set me up,” Bardwil said, noting the crooks knew exactly what to steal and where they needed to go inside his Turtle Bay home to steal it. Bardwil was in the middle of a meeting when someone rang the buzzer at his E. 51st St. duplex. Bardwil himself opened the door, assuming it was a friend. Once inside, the suspects, one of whom was armed with a semi-automatic pistol, forced Bardwil and his associates to lie on the floor, face down. They bound each of them with twine and one of the suspects headed straight for the bedroom.

Perps Knew There Were Cameras in Use

The suspect halted the recording of the video surveillance system that controls 15 internal cameras, and then stole the contents of a safe, knowing just where to go to find it. Bardwil said the suspects took between $200,000 and $300,000 worth of jewelry but Bardwil said he doesn’t care about that. “My life is what matters,” he said.

He’s right. Too many people knowingly confront burglars when they should just call the police, not realizing just how dangerous these criminals can be. This time there may have been no recourse, but in many situations homeowners have chosen to risk their lives, with tragic results.

But These Burglars Weren’t That Smart

Bardwil also said the surveillance system was installed six months ago. Despite their efforts, the suspects were captured on video before they disabled the internal security system. A camera outside the home also captured their image.

If the suspects had been more thorough, they would have destroyed the video storage device, in addition to disabling the camera system to prevent it from capturing more footage. That vulnerability is why many people prefer a Security camera system that stores motion-activated video clips off-site – and all you need is an internet connection. This solution is a lot less expensive than buying a DVR (digital video recorder to store your own footage. FrontPoint’s system work that way, and you can even choose to have the video clips sent directly to your smart phone as they occur. Plus, you can view live video any time from any remote location with your smart phone. The world has changed – and technology is now able to provide more peace of mind than ever.

We certainly hope the police will use the images and take these burglars off the street. But, let’s not forget that there are plenty more to fill their shoes. Increasing drug use, high unemployment, and other factors have taken property crimes to new heights. That’s why FrontPoint is so committed to spreading the word – about wireless home alarm systems that are safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat. We specialize in cellular monitoring and interactive services, including advanced video features – one more reason why we are recognized as the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. Why wait until one of these burglars makes you a statistic? Check out FrontPoint – now.

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  1. Mike

    Peter, I noticed your upload limits, 50mb per day or 500 per month I believe. That seems pretty light for someone who wants to record multiple camera footage daily in HD to capture quality images of a perpetrators face, vehicle, methods, items taken, etc. for prosecection purposes. My question, are you compatible with any off the shelf DVR systems or even better, or can the system copy image or video to DropBox or another online archive to achieve higher volume long term storage?

    Thanks,
    Mike in Roanoke, VA

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Mike – Thanks very much for your comment. I’m not aware of compatibility with a DVR or the other solutions you suggest, but we are looking into it and will get back to you. Thanks again.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Mike – here is more info.

      Currently the standard video storage limit is 50MB with a 500MB monthly upload limit. We do have additional storage available for our customers at an additional cost per month which is $5.00 for each additional 250MB of storage. We also have the option to go up to an additional 2000MB per month per account. The customer’s Monthly upload limit will always be 10 times the storage limit with no daily upload limitations. At this time there are no other online or DVR storage methods which are compatible with ADC.

      Below is an Alarm.com Video FAQ that you may find helpful.

      https://alarmadmin.alarm.com/Docs/VideoFAQs2011.pdf

      Thanks,

      Peter

      • Mike

        Peter,

        Thank you very much for your prompt reply to my previous question and Happy New Year! I am in process of building a house in a rural county in SW Virginia. GSM is known to be very unreliable here (one bar or often none). Did I read correctly in another of your blogs that FrontPoint has the option for a GE Simon compatible CDMA/Verizon cellular module rather than the standard GSM unit? Is there an upcharge for this option?

        The more I am learning about FrontPoint, the more I am serious about dropping ADT for my new home under construction!

        Thanks,
        Mike from Roanoke VA

        • Peter M. Rogers

          Mike – You are welcome. Yes, we offer CDMA/Verizon radios, as well as AT&T or T-Mobile. Just let us know which works best for you, and we’ll use that radio for your system. There is no upcharge for any of the three options – we normally check coverage for each system and use what we think has the best coverage at your address. But if you already know that Verizon works, and the others are less than stellar, please tell us that when placing your order with the FrontPoint Security Consultant. Glad to hear we are gaining your trust!

  2. Mike

    Peter, I noticed your upload limits, 50mb per day or 500 per month I believe. That seems pretty light for someone who wants to record multiple camera footage daily in HD to capture quality images of a perpetrators face, vehicle, methods, items taken, etc. for prosecection purposes. My question, are you compatible with any off the shelf DVR systems or even better, or can the system copy image or video to DropBox or another online archive to achieve higher volume long term storage?

    Thanks,
    Mike in Roanoke, VA

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Mike – Thanks very much for your comment. I’m not aware of compatibility with a DVR or the other solutions you suggest, but we are looking into it and will get back to you. Thanks again.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Mike – here is more info.

      Currently the standard video storage limit is 50MB with a 500MB monthly upload limit. We do have additional storage available for our customers at an additional cost per month which is $5.00 for each additional 250MB of storage. We also have the option to go up to an additional 2000MB per month per account. The customer’s Monthly upload limit will always be 10 times the storage limit with no daily upload limitations. At this time there are no other online or DVR storage methods which are compatible with ADC.

      Below is an Alarm.com Video FAQ that you may find helpful.

      https://alarmadmin.alarm.com/Docs/VideoFAQs2011.pdf

      Thanks,

      Peter

      • Mike

        Peter,

        Thank you very much for your prompt reply to my previous question and Happy New Year! I am in process of building a house in a rural county in SW Virginia. GSM is known to be very unreliable here (one bar or often none). Did I read correctly in another of your blogs that FrontPoint has the option for a GE Simon compatible CDMA/Verizon cellular module rather than the standard GSM unit? Is there an upcharge for this option?

        The more I am learning about FrontPoint, the more I am serious about dropping ADT for my new home under construction!

        Thanks,
        Mike from Roanoke VA

        • Peter M. Rogers

          Mike – You are welcome. Yes, we offer CDMA/Verizon radios, as well as AT&T or T-Mobile. Just let us know which works best for you, and we’ll use that radio for your system. There is no upcharge for any of the three options – we normally check coverage for each system and use what we think has the best coverage at your address. But if you already know that Verizon works, and the others are less than stellar, please tell us that when placing your order with the FrontPoint Security Consultant. Glad to hear we are gaining your trust!

  3. Cams In Action

    This is really an interesting blog as it focuses on the very important topic as security cams in action.we always use security cams for safety purpose.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks, Andrew. Happy summer to you in Australia!

  4. Cams In Action

    This is really an interesting blog as it focuses on the very important topic as security cams in action.we always use security cams for safety purpose.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Thanks, Andrew. Happy summer to you in Australia!

  5. Alan

    Yeah, immediate off-site video footage storage can hardly be over-emphasized.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Safer – and you save money, not having to invest in a DVR. Cameras have gotten very “smart,” so combining the new video technology with the off-site storage just seems like the wise choice to us.

  6. Alan

    Yeah, immediate off-site video footage storage can hardly be over-emphasized.

    • Peter M. Rogers

      Safer – and you save money, not having to invest in a DVR. Cameras have gotten very “smart,” so combining the new video technology with the off-site storage just seems like the wise choice to us.