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Security System Helps ID Thief

June 8, 2004 -- In the early morning hours of June 4, 2004, a person entered the JSU International House and took a 52 Sony Plasma Screen Television valued at $7200.00. Within hours of a burglary, university police officers had identified and arrested the perpetrator and recovered the stolen television. The crime was reported to the University Police at 9:30 a.m. on June 4, 2004.

Officers met with Dr. John Ketterer who provided officers with access to their newly installed Digital Video Recording System. The security system pictures showed the male suspect entering the International House and then leaving with the television. The pictures were e-mailed and printed from the digital security system and a positive ID was made a few minutes thereafter.

The suspect was identified and apprehended within 6 hours of the incident being reported to the police. The security system was key in the rapid identification and arrest of the thief. With this one incident, the digital security system paid for itself.

If any building managers are interested on campus, I would be happy to show them the demo digital video recorder that we have installed at Salls House. We are currently testing and evaluating the March Networks 4310. The March Network 4310 will support 16 cameras, motion detection, alarm interface, and much more. If you would like more information about this test project, please contact Cpl. Neil Fetner at 5566 or nfetner@jsu.edu.


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