Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Business Without Fear


A man in Newark has discovered how video surveillance can be effective in apprehending criminals and keeping our streets safer, first hand. Zakery Neldon is a 19-year-old young man who was identified with the help of a convenience store surveillance camera and has since been charged with rape, kidnapping, and robbery. The camera footage was vital to finding and identifying Neldon, and using a combination of footage from several area businesses, the police were able to piece together what happened on the day where he followed and sexually assaulted a local high school student. The police were also able to get a facial shot from one of the cameras, which helped them to positively identify him.

Police are not always so lucky as to get a view of suspects' faces in video surveillance, but the effectiveness of cameras is not dependent upon seeing peoples' faces - the way they walk or the clothes they wear can be very helpful to police, and by using a combination of surveillance from several stores or homes, police can track the movements of a suspect to figure out where they were and when, which can be vital to investigations.

Cameras and other security equipment are not only to help investigations of events that occur outside of a business, though - they can keep your business safe from internal theft. The use of external systems can set off alarms to alert you and/or the police of a break-in; camera equipment can deter people from attempting robbery, or can help to apprehend them and recover stolen items if they do rob a business. Another major issue that is often ignored is internal security: It is estimated that 70% of theft in small businesses occurs from the inside - employees stealing from right under the noses of the owners! Security equipment such as video surveillance inside the building can go a long ways in deterring potential thieves, and can catch them if they do steal from the business.

Security systems can help you to prevent theft and keep you and your employees safer. Eye Spy Electronics can provide you with the systems that you need to help you to secure your business. We can provide hardware and installation to upgrade your security, keep you safe, and protect your goods. Contact us today by phone (877-821-4880) or by email ( - we can provide you with a free quote, discuss your best options for security, and we provide an excellent selection of security equipment to suit your needs.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


A Crime Without Electronic Witness

On September 23rd, 2012, several young people stepped outside of Club V.I.P. in East St. Louis to settle a dispute over dance partners. Within minutes, shots were fired, leaving three dead and two wounded.

Security guards were present, but not nearby. Police indicated that without security camera footage, it would be difficult to lay charges. Currently, although three were detained after the shootings, no arrests have been made.

Folks, this is a situation where three young people have lost their lives - Alonzo Phifer, 18; Henry Byrd III, 21; and an unnamed 20-year-old. Two were also wounded. It seems obvious that although no one is blameless in an exchange of fire like this, there needs to be some sort of closure for the families of the victims - and consequences for those who perpetrated the crimes.

Club V.I.P. had no security cameras that we're aware of. In a situation like this, not only could the murders have been deterred by the presence of visible surveillance, but the criminals could have been brought to justice.

Cameras Can Save Lives

When surveillance is obvious and in a visible location, potential criminals might think twice before committing an act which they will never be able to take back. Hot tempers can be quelled by the knowledge that one's actions are being monitored and recorded by a camera. If temper takes control, however, the crime can still be resolved after the fact by pinpointing those responsible and bringing them their due.

In this situation, there are three lives that might have been spared by the presence of visible security. What a horrifying trade-off - a few dollars saved by the club in exchange for three promising young lives. And the club itself will suffer, too - reputation leaves a permanent mark, for better or for worse.

With the installation of security cameras in public and even private locations, prominently displayed, violent crime - the apex of our fears - can be averted. This can help us live our lives in peace, comfort and with a sense of safety. Although much of the time it's easy to think of surveillance as a helpful tool only after something bad has happened, it can be a powerful force for prevention.

Not only are cameras a good idea in public places such as businesses, parks and busy venues - they can also help to ease our minds when placed in and around our homes and neighborhoods. You can help prevent crime in your own backyard and around your place of business, simply by installing the appropriate deterrents!

At Eye Spy Electronics, we provide a wide array of security options, including a large selection of cameras for any environment or context. Our goal is your peace of mind - and we can provide it with the lowest installation costs and great ongoing service. Don't leave your home and business security to chance - take it into your hands today. We can help you get started.