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by msecadm4921

In the City of Lynwood, California for the past 10 years the city has been dealing with gang related crime and prostitution, prevalent along Long Beach Boulevard, Lynwood’s busiest thoroughfare.

In 2008 the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Century Station, under the direction of Captain James Hellmold, ran a tactical surveillance trial in partnership with Leverage Information Systems using IndigoVision’s IP video, combined with ‘Leverage Surveillance Node’ units. Cameras were installed using a wireless network at the entrances to two hospitals and at Century Station itself. Shortly after beginning the trial, the Century Station Command Center caught on camera an incident that enabled the Sheriff’s department to intervene and neutralise an escalating situation between two warring gangs. Based on the trial, Captain Hellmold knew that by expanding the surveillance system to cover Long Beach Boulevard, prostitution could be curbed. By the end of 2008, Lynwood’s Advance Surveillance and Protection (ASAP) program was born. Its goal was to utilise technology and keep the community united and working as a team to “take their city back”. In early 2009 the installation was completed with cameras on the busy Long Beach Boulevard corridor and in other areas around the city.

Captain Hellmold said: “I don’t like to name other cities, but I can tell you that Lynwood crime statistics are significantly lower. Whereas in the past, Lynwood used to be thought of as a dangerous and violent area, it’s now been turned around and businesses are seeking to invest in the area.”

According to the Sheriff’s Department, these efforts have resulted in the lowest number of homicides in the city since 1985. Leverage reports success in the Public Safety market in Southern California.

“It is because of the cameras that criminals know that they cannot mess around with Lynwood. We have had several recorded interviews with criminals who have admitted that they knew not to enter the city with the intention of committing a crime,” added Captain Hellmold.

In 2010 the City won the All-America City Award, which recognises communities that come together to identify and take on challenges and accomplish results. At the heart of the City’s award submission was the surveillance system. Commenting on the award, Mayor Maria Santillan, said: “The city has come a long way and that the surveillance camera program has a lot to do with the improvements, along with an aggressive plan to attack violent crime between the Sheriff’s Department, the city and residents.”

IndigoVision’s distributed architecture allows cameras to be at any point on the wireless network, providing a flexible surveillance platform for the current installation and any expansion. Live and recorded video, which is archived on IndigoVision’s Network Video Recorders (NVRs), is viewed on a PC workstation running ‘Control Center’, IndigoVision’s Security Management Software. Analysis tools, analytics and alarms all enable operators to identify and respond to incidents. Evidential quality video clips can be exported for further investigation and for use in court. Visit –

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