It was 2:50 a.m. on November 11 when Joe, an Operator in our Verification Center, received a motion viewer alarm signal coming from a large construction site in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. According to the arrest report, Joe saw “a pair of legs” and dispatched Seattle PD. He continued receiving alarm signals and outdoor video verification clips as police were en route. When Joe called the police department back to confirm, they reported that two subjects were in custody for questioning. One was arrested and one was released.
A common explanation of outdoor video verification that our consultants use out in the field is that when something with four legs trips the alarm, the operator resets. When something with two legs is responsible, the operator calls police. This arrest demonstrates that explanation down to a tee! Rather than using surveillance cameras to track down the suspects after the fact, video verification helps catch bad guys in real time. All that matters to the operator after an alarm is tripped is whether or not someone is at the facility when they shouldn’t be. Seeing that proof– be it legs, arms or a close up of someone’s face–allows them to dispatch police at a high priority to get a fast response that ends in arrest.