Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for August 21, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for August 21, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 8.7.17 to 8.20.17

St. Petersburg, FL – Reported 8.7.17

Three Teens Die After “Cat and Mouse” Game with Stolen Cars

In the grey dawn hours of 8.6.17, three teenagers lost their lives in a fiery car crash after playing a game of “cat and mouse” in speeds exceeding 100 mph.

The two cars involved were stolen three days before from a local Clearwater car dealership, potentially for criminal activity. While sheriff’s deputies spotted the vehicles, they did not pursue. Instead, they tried to set up a perimeter to trap the cars, but saw the cars outside of the established area.

Eventually, one stolen vehicle car hit a bystander’s vehicle around 100 MPH, went airborne, hit five more cars at a dealership, hit a billboard pole, and caught fire. Three of its juvenile passengers died at the scene, while one passenger managed to escape with her life. Police managed to arrest the teenagers in the other stolen vehicle. Later reports discovered that the group of juvenilles shared a staggering 126 prior arrests between them, most relating to automobile theft. (Original article)

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Eyewitness Surveillace Blog: 12 Common Signs of Scrap Metal Thieves

12 Common Signs of Scrap Metal Thieves

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The opportunity for a quick buck entices ne’er-do-wells to sell stolen scrap metal to their local industrial recycling yard. Unfortunately, this action has dual consequences. First, businesses and organizations must replace the stolen goods, since the metal may never be recovered (or in a usable state if recovered). Meanwhile, scrap yards lose the money they paid for illicit material and the material itself.

Throughout the country, law makers and police officers are cracking down on scrap metal theft through databases and detective work, but that’s not enough. With so much on the line for scrap metal business owners, it’s vital your yard employees and managers recognize suspicious metal offerings before they purchase stolen goods. Here, then, are 12 commonly stolen metal items and potentially suspicious situations for your people to watch.

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Eyewitness Surveillance Blog: 4 Ways to Spot Identity Thieves—and 2 Ways to Stop Them

4 Ways to Spot Identity Thieves—and 2 Ways to Stop Them

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Not every car thief is out there with a slim-jim and a crowbar. Some try to steal a car through “buying” it with someone else’s identity. It’s hard to hot-wire a car when nobody’s looking, but stealing a credit card, driver’s license, or Social Security number? Now, that’s (comparatively) easy to get hold of. Once an identity thief has that information, they can “finance” using fake credentials, or take off with a test drive vehicle and never return it. (In fact, one study shows that 70-75% of all stolen vehicles in the 2000s were taken through some form of identity theft.)

So, here are a few tips on spotting identity thieves before they, well, take you for a ride.

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Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for August 7, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for August 7, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 7.31.17 to 8.6.17

Talahassee, FL – Reported 7.31.17

Car Buyer Has Every Document Except an Authentic Identity

In late July, a prospective customer asked to buy a $42,000 car at a Talahassee dealership. All his documents seemed to be in order: a driver’s license, a credit application, his insurance card. When dealership staff ran a credit report, however, they discovered that the man’s name was flagged as an identity theft victim.

The police subsequently arrested the identity thief. He now faces charges of criminal use of identification, grand theft over $20,000, forgery, and possession of a counterfeit driver’s license. (Original article)

Morristown, NY – Reported 8.1.17

Scrap Thief Arrested After Stealing $25,000+ In Metal

On 6.20.17, a man tried to scrap nine manhole covers and three sewer rings, valued at $2,650. Suspicious of the haul, a scrap yard employee contacted the local police, where investigators discovered that the man had also scrapped a “unique lead-coated seven-strand copper wire” stolen from a local residence, worth $1,290.

In total, the scrap metal thief scrapped more than $25,000 of stolen copper and other metal before he was caught. Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office at 315-379-2222 (Original article)

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Eyewitness Surveillance Blog: History of Security Systems

The History of Six Commercial Security Systems

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While making the Security Systems 101 industry guide, we got lost down the proverbial rabbit hole that is the history of each of the six security systems we cover: Security Guards, Guard Dogs, Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), Remote Video Surveillance, Keyless Access Control systems, and Intrusion Detection (aka burglar alarms). Did you know that the first official security guards in Rome were actually firefighters? Or that the same RFID technology in your key fobs was used in WWII to identify friendly aircraft? We didn’t, either. So read on to discover the ancient history of the security technologies you use today!

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Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for July 31, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for July 31, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 7.24.17 to 7.30.17

Conway, AR – Reported 7.24.17

Police Recover Reported Stolen Car—and 6 Unreported Stolen Key Fobs

Last week, a tipster called police to tell them a man was “driving around in a stolen Toyota Camry LE with a stolen license plate.” When police arrested the suspect, they discovered extra key fobs stolen from a local car dealership that the man claims he stole “off a salesman’s desk when the man’s back was turned.”

He admitted to planning on returning to the dealership to steal the cars from the lot later. (Original article)

Decatur, IL – Reported 7.25.17

Rims Go Missing in Illinois

Tire and rim thieves hit a Decatur dealership “sometime between 3 PM Sunday and 7 AM Monday,” according to a police statement. This theft echoes similar incidents at dealerships in Effingham and Macon Counties. If you know anything about these incidents, please contact Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS. (Original article)

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Eyewitness blog: 5 Common Causes of False Alarms in Commercial Intrusion Systems—and How to Fix Them

5 Common Causes of False Alarms in Commercial Intrusion Systems—and How to Fix Them

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False alarms account for up to 98% of all burglar alarm calls in the United States, wasting billions of tax dollars and hundreds of police hours. Several cities have begun charging alarm system owners for false alarms, racking up hundreds in penalty “service fees.” We’ll review five common reasons for false burglar alarms, and give you some practical ways to diminish your false alarm rate—and your police bill.

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Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for July 24, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for July 24, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 7.17.17 to 7.23.17

Hermantown, MN – 7.17.17

Burglar Alarm Trips Up Would-Be Car Thief

Responding to a burglar alarm at a car dealership, police arrived on scene early Monday morning to discover a forced entry, along with missing money, merchandise, and a motor vehicle from the lot.

Thanks to evidence at the crime scene, officers managed to track the stolen vehicle to a Duluth neighborhood. There, they detained “a lone male occupant” who Hermantown police officers identified as the man responsible for the dealership break-in. The suspect remains in custody as formal charges are filed. (Original article)

Chicago, IL – Reported 7.18.17

Poor Key Management Is #1 Cause of Rising Dealership Thefts, Police Say

Local business leaders and aldermen have a simple message for local car dealerships and rental lots: Lock up your vehicle keys!

Sgt. Keith Blair of the Chicago Police Department’s major auto theft unit says poor key management has become a widespread problem in the area. He told reporters, “What [car thieves] are doing is they’re burglarizing the dealership, they’re entering, finding cars with keys in them, and exiting the property with the vehicles they can get easiest with keys.”

Criminals then use these stolen cars in crimes throughout the city. Cutting off their source of illicit transportation may have a ripple effect in reduced crime across Chicago.

For those interested in a guide on Advanced Key Management policies and training you can implement today to stop theft immediately, please email our Content Marketing Manager at astryker [at] eyewitnessmail [dot] com (Original article)

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Eyewitness Surveillance's National Crime Alert for July 17, 2017

The Eyewitness National Crime Alert for July 17, 2017

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These incidents were reported across the country from 7.10.17 to 7.16.17

Racine County, WI – Reported 7.10.17

Scrap Metal Theft Used to Fund Birthday Party

On 6.8.17 at 4 A.M., an eyewitness reported scrap metal theft at a local recycling center, valued at $200-$400. The husband-and-wife team fled the dispatched police, leading a high-speed chase at 100 MPH.

Eventually, the couple pulled over to the side of the interstate. When police interrogated them, they insisted that they were planning to sell the stolen scrap for extra money to fund their 7-year-old son’s birthday party.

The husband happened to be on bond in Kenosha County for a battery and disorderly conduct case, released on condition that he commit no other crimes. (Original article)

Chicago, IL – Reported 7.10.17

6 Dealership Vehicles Vandalized Overnight

Vandals damaged six vehicles at a local dealership sometime between 6.23.17 and 6.27.17, according to police. The vandalism includes two shattered car windows, and the hoods and windows of four SUVs damaged with rocks. (Original article)

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Eyewitness Blog: Introducing Security Systems 101: An Industry Guide to Commercial Security Systems

Introducing Security Systems 101: An Industry Guide to Commercial Security Systems

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If you’re a regular reader of our National Crime Alerts, then you’ll know the huge problem millions of business owners combat every day: Theft and vandalism across their properties. Much of this can be avoided with the proper security systems in place, of course, which is one of the primary ways we at Eyewitness Surveillance help businesses succeed.

However, as the Eyewitness team spoke with business owners across the country, we realized that many people just don’t know about the security options available to them, or the pros and cons of each security system on the market. There’s a lot at stake, after all, when you’re trying to protect your property from vandals and thieves. Sometimes, having so many choices with no clear winner can lead to paralysis, leaving your business vulnerable while you try to decide.

That’s why we put together this 30+ page guide, Security Systems 101: An Industry Guide to Commercial Security Systems—completely free for anyone who wants to get serious about their security.

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