The primary job of law enforcement is to maintain social order. Though that may sometimes involve the pursuit and arrest of criminals, a significant part of the job is also investigation and, in some cases, watchfulness. Of course, the number of officers available on the ground at any one time is always limited, especially now, at a time when issues like COVID-19 make personal interactions a potentially high-risk event.
Technology, however, has ways to make the job of law enforcement safer without compromising the ability to investigate. One essential device that can help both law enforcement and the general public are field surveillance cameras.
Watching Without You
The surveillance camera has already proven its worth in various law enforcement investigations. Cameras installed at ATMs, for example, have sometimes been instrumental in identifying suspects or suspect vehicles in parking lots. Surveillance cameras in retail outlets have enabled businesses to provide valuable evidence of suspect movements during an investigation, to give a direction for investigations, and create accurate timelines of suspect movements and actions.
Field surveillance equipment plays a similar role. These are cameras that are designed specifically to endure the elements outdoor. These hardier versions of indoor surveillance cameras can withstand summer heat, winter cold, rain, snow, and other outdoor hazards. However, the critical component, as with any surveillance camera device, is that this is an eye that never blinks and never forgets.
COVID-19 is a global pandemic that is changing the circumstances of everyday life at a rapid pace. Depending on the part of the country a law enforcement agency is in, there may even already be a shelter in place directives declared by state officials. Unfortunately, despite the urgency of these orders, this doesn’t mean that everyone complies.
With field surveillance, areas declared off-limits and non-essential, such as parks, can be monitored to enforce shelter in place guidance. Cameras can be placed at the entrances to parks with warnings, fines and other legal consequences issued to anyone that is identified on this footage. This makes it much easier for actual law enforcement officers, relieving them of the need to stand on guard, especially at night. Wireless versions of these cameras transmitting footage to law enforcement even allow them to respond quickly if intrusions are picked up on the camera.
State Line Monitoring
Depending on the progress of individual states, there may come a time when even state lines must be locked down. If that happens, field surveillance can be invaluable in helping to monitor activity across state lines. Only essential services, such as trucks hauling freight, firefighting, law enforcement, or emergency services vehicles, should be permitted to cross state lines if such a declaration occurs.
Field surveillance cameras, properly positioned, are a perfect way to monitor traffic activity. Today’s high-resolution cameras come with a variety of different enhancements—including night vision—making it much easier to see the make and color of a vehicle and even the license plate.
If you need to enhance your law enforcement efforts with more security technology, we can help. Contact Supercircuits, and we can assess your needs and find the right solution.