Sheriff G. Sanders advocates cameras to protect property
“We all lead active lives, and we travel a lot, and are away from our homes so much more than we used to be,” Sanders said.
Sanders also said that with the increased traffic, Emmons County, along with much of North Dakota, has noticed an increase in burglaries.
Surveillance cameras are a tool that are becoming more popular even in the rural areas.
“I am a big advocate of surveillance systems as we have seen them utilized with businesses and personal residences,” Sanders said. “They have helped us solve many crimes.”
Back in 2008, the Sheriff’s Office used surveillance videos from two different businesses to help solve a crime that involved 13 businesses that were burglarized. Avideo camera from a private business assisted in solving a major accident on Highway 83 in 2012. With the video, investigators were able to determine the time of the accident and the estimated speed of the vehicle. The camera also detected a second vehicle that was involved in a race on the highway.
“Those surveillance systems have definitely been beneficial to our department, but they can also be beneficial to property owners,” Sander said.
He said surveillance systems are much more feasible and user friendly than what they used to be. He recommends when considering the purchase and installation of a surveillance system, people know what they are buying and its possible limitations.
There are several companies that sell and install the systems. In this case, people should be aware of what type of camera and system are best.
Sanders said in many cases when companies install their systems for property owners, they often do it during the daylight. He warned that many systems do not function well in low light.
“So, it is important that the system be tested in low light, as quite often, crimes happen at night time,” Sanders said.
He said it is crucial when companies try to sell video systems to you, that you turn off the lights and test the system in the dark, as you may need additional lighting systems that are available.
Many companies also offer the data being stored off the premises. Sanders believes this can be very beneficial, as in many cases, burglars have stolen the video system’s recorder, and then there is no recorded data available to review.
“If you as a owner choose to have the recorder on your premises, it is important that you have that device in a secured location,” Sanders said.
Another benefit of having the system off site is that the property owner does not need to maintain the system.
“Some property owners just fail to maintain the equipment properly; therefore, it is convenient to have the off site service,” he said.
BEK Communications Cooperative offers a surveillance system. BEK Spyder WebWatch is a web-powered surveillance camera system that can monitor activities for property owners and store data at BEK’s facility.
Businesses use it to monitor activities on company property and are able to watch for theft. Farmers are using surveillance cameras to keep an eye on calving barns during calving season, or on fuel tanks and equipment that may have been tampered with. Homeowners are using them to protect their property, especially when they are away from home.
“Protect what is important to you with our BEK Spyder WebWatch surveillance service,” Derrick Bulawa, CEO of BEK Communications, said. “We can help in recommending and installing a system that will provide you protection for your business and personal property, family and livestock.”
Sanders said alarm systems have also become popular, and last year nearly a dozen of them were installed by property owners in Linton.
“People have been very pleased with those alarm systems, and we are starting to see more people install them,” he said.
Along with using alarm systems and surveillance systems to protect your property, Sanders also has some other suggestions.
“Keep your doors locked in your home and your vehicles,” Sanders said.
He suggests using dead bolt locks as many doors do not have proper locking systems and are easy to pry open and enter. He also recommends properly latching windows and using a dowel on sliding patio doors.
“Do not make it easy for someone to break in,” he advised.
Sanders said in your vehicles, never leave items such as electronic devices, purses, cash or even medication in sight.
“You don’t want to give anyone the temptation to break in your vehicle,” Sanders said.
If property owners have any questions about the security of their property, Sanders encourages them to call the Sheriff’s Office and their staff will offer some pointers and recommendations for their protection needs.
To learn more about BEK Spyder WebWatch, visit their website at www.bekspyder.com or call 1-888-475-2361 and ask for WebWatch.