The Copper Theft Issue
Skyrocketing prices for metals, especially copper, have made what was once a minor nuisance into a major problem costing over $1 billion/year according to the US Dept of Energy. Pipes, wires, cables, gutters, flashing are being torn from walls and buildings. Roof-top air units are being stripped of their copper coils. Thieves target copper in vacant buildings or difficult-to-secure areas, often without power or communication lines.
Catching a Copper Thief in the Act
A multi-camera Videofied system installed at a remote cell tower site caught a thief in the act of attempting to steal copper. The event is captured on 3 video clips (see below).
While proving the effectiveness of the system, these videos also demonstrate Videofied image quality, detection, and response time. “Hollywood” video quality is not the goal: the goal is apprehensions by immediately alerting monitoring staff of what caused the alarm. Why black and white? Because it delivers the best low-light and night vision images. Videofied enables monitoring centers to see the situation and make the right call.