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Crime Ring Busted at Security Event

Night cleaning crew swiped more than dust in trade show booths but got caught on surveillance cameras being displayed
Night cleaning crew swiped more than dust in trade show booths but got caught on surveillance cameras being displayed.

COPENHAGEN – October 26th, 2010.  Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night October 12th, a few of the cleaning crew did more than just vacuum and dust on the evening tour of duty: they also swiped computer equipment from exhibitors’ booth displays. However, failing to notice that the convention had gathered the best of the security industry meant this was the last time they would be performing that job. 

At the ASIS 2010 security trade show held week before last in Dallas, Texas, several exhibitors discovered missing electronics on the second morning of the event.  Milestone Systems fortunately had a neighboring booth with surveillance cameras set up to demonstrate XProtect™ IP video management software, which recorded the dirty deeds. 

“I arrived at our booth early Wednesday morning to get our security systems up and running when I realized the laptop that ran our radar surveillance system was gone; it stored proprietary software from Moog QuickSet.  I immediately reported it to the Arata event managers, who contacted the security personnel, as well as the Dallas police.  They suggested I ask booths around mine if they were missing anything, so I approached Kevin Gramer from Rimage, who was exhibiting in the Milestone booth.  He immediately fired up the Milestone video from an Axis camera that was pointing at the Moog QuickSet booth all night. Needless to say, I was more than impressed when he pulled up the video of the two individuals clearly stealing the laptop.  Kevin was extremely accommodating, showing me the features of the software, zooming in on the individuals’ faces, slowing down the video, rewinding, etc.  He burned five CDs for me and I immediately gave Arata services a copy of the video clearly showing the perpetrators in action.  The video surveillance helped the authorities positively identify them; they were confronted and we got our laptop back,” relates Trish Logue, Marketing Manager at Moog QuickSet. 

Another Milestone Solution Partner also assisted.  The developer of video synopsis solutions called BriefCam used their award-winning search facility embedded in the Milestone XProtect Smart Client to review 10 hours of video from the previous night in just minutes, presenting a summary of the culprits’ entry and movements with exact time stamps. Rimage then used their Surveillance Publisher solution to export those sequences directly from the Smart Client to DVDs.

The cleaners were greeted when arriving for their next night-shift rounds, and questioned about the missing electronics.  In the face of the video evidence, one of the crew confessed, and agreed to return the missing equipment. To the authority’s surprise, however, not only did he produce the purloined laptop and an iPAD, but several bags full of stolen items from another trade show that had taken place weeks earlier!  It turned out that several thieves had been carrying out this criminal activity for their own ‘fringe benefits’ to the normal night work.  Needless to say, they were fired from the cleaning personnel roster immediately. Charges were not pressed by any of the victims: they were satisfied to get their stolen items back.

See the video of the thieves in action. 

Read also the article: The Dumbest Criminals on Earth, by Ralph C. Jensen, Editor of Security Products magazine.

About Moog QuickSet
Moog QuickSet is a Division of Moog Space and Defense Group, based in Northbrook, IL. Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind turbines, marine and medical equipment. www.moog.com.

About Rimage
Rimage Corporation (www.rimage.com) is the world’s leading provider of workflow-integrated digital publishing solutions that produce CD/DVD/Blu-ray DiscsTM with customized content and durable color or monochrome disc labeling. Key vertical markets and applications include video workflows, retail, medical imaging and law enforcement. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rimage is a global business with operations in North America, Europe and Asia.

About BriefCam
BriefCam, Ltd. is the developer and provider of Video Synopsis solutions for CCTV surveillance systems. BriefCam’s Video Synopsis (VS) technology summarizes hours of events into a “brief” that takes just minutes to watch – with an index to the original source video – whether real-time feed online or archival footage offline. BriefCam has been awarded the Wall Street Journal 2010 Technology Innovation Award for Physical Security, the 2010 IFSEC Security Industry Award for Best CCTV System, and named to the Red Herring Top 100 Europe and CNBC Europe’s 25 Most Creative Companies lists. www.briefcam.com.

About Milestone
Founded in 1998, Milestone Systems is the worldwide industry leader in open platform IP video management software, according to IMS Research six years in a row. Milestone XProtect™ products have been installed in thousands of customer installations, sold through authorized and certified partners in more than 100 countries.  With support for the widest choice in network hardware and integration with other systems, XProtect provides best-of-breed solutions to ‘video enable’ organizations – managing risks, protecting people and assets, optimizing processes, and reducing costs.