Improved surveillance helps police
More businesses are adding first-class surveillance systems ó much to the delight of law enforcement.
Salisbury Police Chief Mark Wilhelm said some of the new digital systems have very good quality ó almost portrait like.
“The price has come down, and the quality has improved,” he said.
While the police department doesn’t make recommendations on companies or products, it does provide free advice to business owners considering installing surveillance systems.
In past years, many of the businesses wanted to focus cameras so they could catch employee thefts. “That’s important, but you might as well have enough (cameras) to deal with the other thefts … robberies.”
And more businesses are putting cameras on the outside to cover parking areas and rear entrances.
When a robbery occurs at a business with surveillance cameras, it makes it a lot easier for police to identify and later convict the suspect.
“If we have a picture, it’s better than 1,000 witnesses,” said Wilhelm. “You’d have 900 different descriptions.”
Businesses interested in getting police advice on surveillance, may call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333.