4 Real Life Cases of Video Surveillance Catching Criminals

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Sometimes, you just never know what’s going to happen, do you? Life is so unpredictable and crime is always occurring somewhere in the world. Years ago, when there was no video surveillance systems to help law enforcement authorities, criminals could commit heinous crimes and get away with it very easily. In the modern world with advanced video surveillance systems, just about everywhere, it is harder for criminals to get away.

Let’s take a look at some cases where criminals were caught and brought to justice thanks to video surveillance systems.

1. The Boston Marathon Bomber

During the Boston Marathon in April of 2013, a couple of pressure-cooker bombs went off near the finish line. It claimed the lives of 3 people and injured more than 200 people, some severely. Some of them ended up losing their limbs. Thanks to loads of video footage, authorities managed to look through hours of tape and virtually pinpoint who the perpetrators were. It happened to be two brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

This event made world headlines as the brothers went on the run, pursued by police. The older brother, Tamerlan was killed in a shootout while the younger brother managed to evade authorities until eventually being caught.

2. The Abduction Of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

In 2014, a 24-year-old woman named Carlesha Freeland-Gaither had just got off a bus and within a few seconds, a man named Delvin Barnes had grabbed her and locked her in the trunk of his car before speeding off. The whole incident was caught on tape. Thankfully, the young lady was eventually found alive.

Investigators launched a manhunt and Delvin Barnes was apprehended three days later. It was discovered that he was a serial abductor. Other abductions from him have now been prevented since he was thrown in jail, but he was caught thanks to video footage.

3. Carolina Trooper Shoots Unarmed Man

This incident took place in 2014 and fuelled the debate on how law enforcement officers treat black men. Sean Groubert, a white state trooper shot Levar Jones, a black man, during a traffic stop. The officer pleaded guilty to assault and battery. Levar appeared to have done nothing wrong and was shot several times by the state trooper. Groubert was fired from his job and sent to jail. The irony here is that it was Groubert’s own dashcam video that caught everything, so in essence, the trooper shot himself in the foot!

4. London Nail Bomber

In 1999, London (England) was terrorized by David Copeland who was responsible for three bombings when he placed them in public places. It resulted in three people being killed and many more injured. He was identified by CCTV footage, captured and given six life sentences.

Having video footage can help apprehend criminals, but sometimes, it can also be grainy or unclear. Some really good systems have very clear footage which would make it easier for investigators to identify the criminals much quicker. Video surveillance systems are also great for places of business. It can help with disputes and insurance purposes. Depending on the nature of the business, it could also help to have a good system that is clear. It is also helpful to have good systems in subways to increase and help with security.

Having a surveillance system in schools is also beneficial and trouble can even be spotted as it is happening. The need for video surveillance systems seems to be growing and it will have many benefits especially in places of business, schools and other public spaces.

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