Sunday, December 30, 2012

St. Charles City is offering grants for security cameras

  The City Mayor of St. Charles is asking business owners on Main Street to invest in their own security cameras.
This will increase security for all the businesses in St. Charles as well as assisting law enforcement with arresting the law breakers.
It’s just one of several suggestions to help decrease crime in the downtown area.
Mayor Sally Faith told shop owners the cameras are a good deterrent. Each would cost about $1,000.
The cameras would not be monitored by police, or tie into their system, but if something should happen, police could use evidence from those cameras.
One business owner likes the idea, but thinks it puts too much of a burden on the business owners.
“I think one of the things is putting the responsibility back on us,” said Julie Brack of Cobblestone Cottage.
I see this can be a win for the business owners. With the grants the equipment would be owned by each business. They could add as many cameras as they need with no one telling them what they can and can't do.
Mayor Faith said the city will offer 10 $500 grants to help pay for cameras.
Eye Spy Electronics will offer a 10% discount to all the businesses in St. Charles that uses these grants to help this great area.
If the City is offering money why not take the money and help protect your area.
Thanks for reading.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Today, let's have a look at two very different security systems, and the crime they each put an end to. One of these systems was very advanced, a cutting edge home security setup. The other was extremely basic: a single security camera, installed on the fly to put an end to repeated incidents. Both were totally effective.

Wired for Prevention: Maryland Trio Caught in the Act

A resident of Hyattsville, MD, had the foresight and resources to install a top of the line digital video surveillance system at his home. His motivation was the same as anyone else's when setting up home security: to provide a safer and more secure environment for family and property.

At 9:30am on Monday, November 26, local police received a call from the homeowner himself, stating that his home was in the process of being burglarised. Police went immediately to the address in question, interrupting three home intruders in the midst of their day's work.

Amazingly, the victim was not even at home when the break-in occurred: out for the day, he was actually notified by his phone of a breach in his security perimeter. Using remote digital technology, he was then able to view the burglary in real time through his phone! With a system like that, those criminals didn't stand a breath of a chance.

All three men were caught in possession of stolen goods and now face charges of first degree burglary and theft of items valued between $1,000 and $10,000.

Carpenter's Con: Stopping Crime on the Fly

Working to make ends meet for himself and his family, Benny is a carpenter in Reading, PA. Benny became the target of a particularly malicious series of thefts in early November.

Over the course of three days, first his $600.00 set of tools - the basis of his independent business - and then his ladder were stolen from his truck. Desperate to put an end to the disruptive acts of criminality, Benny came up with a simple, affordable plan: he would lure the thief back, and catch him on camera.

Having carefully wrapped an assortment of sand and bread in sealed boxes, Benny loaded his lure into the back of his truck - plain for all to see. He installed a basic security camera next to his home, and sat back to wait.

It wasn't long before the cat came back. In broad daylight, a man approached and entered Benny's truck soon afterward. He left, but came back to examine the goods later on. The carpenter's beautifully basic setup worked: Frederick Devon Allison was identified from Benny's tapes and arrested for his efforts.

Cameras Help Put an End to Crime

At Eye Spy Electronics, we work to make sure that no matter what your need or budget, we meet you where you're at. Whether you're looking for a comprehensive setup or just a simple camera installation like Benny's, we have what it takes.

Crime prevention - and dealing with those crimes that happen anyways - is something we've been promoting ever since Eye Spy began. With over twenty combined years of experience, we know that the world can be a challenging place - but we're here to help you make it that much safer for you and your family.

You don't need to wait another day. We offer free consultation and quotes: contact us. Let's talk about what we can do for you!

Dan Parrington is a freelance content writer for a variety of small businesses across the web. He operates out of his primary business website, The Parrington Review. You can contact him at