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Depot Monitored

by msecadm4921

Event-driven remotely monitored CCTV is helping to protect South Ribble Borough Council’s main works depot from attacks out of hours.

Here operators can visually confirm what is happening and rapidly alert the police and keyholders so they can act. First connected to RemGuard’s RVRC in February 1996, the depot now features the latest RemVu Aquila on-site transmission equipment. The Aquila, which is able to digitally record from up to 16 video sources went live in June 2002 and complies with the latest BS 8418:2003 Code of Practice for detector activated CCTV. Derek Sutton, the council’s Community Cleansing Services Manager, is one of three managers responsible for the depot. He says: "Over the years by virtue of our location on an industrial estate, away from public view, we have had problems with theft from the depot particularly out of normal operating hours. It has really been a mixture of the opportunist and hardened criminal, in the latter case we have even had people actually trying to crash through our gates. In the early days of the depot, about 10 years ago – before remotely monitored CCTV such as RemGuard’s had even been thought of – we suffered from a number of costly incidents. These attacks mainly consisted of criminal damage, items being taken out of vehicles parked up and the theft of diesel and even batteries from vehicles. Obviously we wanted to find a way to tackle this threat and called in local installer Stour Security who conducted an audit of the depot and suggested that the RemGuard solution would best meet our requirements.’
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What end user says
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RemGuard is now responsible for remotely monitoring a number of local authority sites and Kevin Crosby the company’s Customer Services Manager expects demand for this type of solution to continue to grow: "As pressure on local authorities to protect their premises, especially, out of hours from hardened criminals and mindless vandalism remains high, more and more councils like South Ribble are likely to turn to event-driven CCTV technology. This is also becoming a more attractive preposition with the publication of the BS 8418:2003 Code of Practice for detector-activated CCTV so there is an agreed standard in the public domain which has been welcomed by the police. The cost of this type of solution is also falling with initiatives such as our own ‘free for use’ offer. In this case, a customer who signs up for monitoring stands to save as much as £4,000 – effectively we are leasing our RemVu Aquila transmission system at no charge for the duration of their monitoring agreement with us."

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