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MASS Anti-CCTV happening in the USA

Below is a Self Portrait of myself on the top of a McDonalds fixing a CCTV Camera

There is now MASS Anti-CCTV happening in the USA now……So if you think you have a problem with your employee unplugging the DVR from the wall, how about random vandals or better yet ANTI-CCTV US Citizens that are using anything from Twig Clippers, Spay Paint, to Sand Paper, to Flash Lights to tamper with a video cameras image.

Let me explain further before giving the links that go forever

Twig Clippers
Most outside cameras use a rubber tube to protect the wire from water, but a 20 foot twig clipper can cut the wire.

Spay Paint
Take a 20 foot painter pole, some duct tape and you favorite color spray paint with a handy plastic spary paint triggger and you have a spray paint on a $3000 Pan Tilt Zoom Camera. “How do you stop spay paint to be painted on glass or a plastic bubble?”

Sand Paper
Oh, this one sucks! Take any type pf sand paper, a dome camera within arms read, and a little bit of elbo grease and you have a dome camera that see nothing but a haze of sanded down plastic.

Flash Light
Two flashlights are better than one…but a whole bunch are better….So if most camera have low light, and have an auto iris, then pointing a flashlight at a camera, would shut down the iris…Unless Sony, has a anti-flashlight CCD lens I don;t know about.

OK, now, let me introduce you to your worst enemy…..and its not terrorist people in another country. Its the US Citizens of America.

EPIC Video Surveillance Information Page

Observing Surveillance MPD Photos

Below is Project Demonstrate of a PTZ Video from robotic webcamera on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley


August 29, 2005 at 4:56 am 1 comment

Less then Par Video Surveillance Regulations for SF Pot Houses

As you know, Tiger Woods uses the same gold club As many other golfers, but yet using the same Club, concludes different results, based by the Users experience.

My point is, that you may require video Surveillance At pot houses in SF, but if your regulations are not More defined, then the effectiveness will be less then less then par.

Some regulations to consider….(and I create a lot more)

At least 80% if not all 100% space needs to be covered using wide angle cameras.

At least 1 hidden camera mounted in the doorway or no futher then 1 feet from the door must be at eye level or At 5′ 5″ high, which increases the detail visibly of Face.

All cameras inside and outside must be housed in a doom container for the simple reason of not tampering with the original camera position or allowing a employee or customer know which way the camera is positioned.

No on/off power button to recording devices shall be Seen by any or all employees.

No video or power cables are visibly noticed.

If cables are being covered with protective molding All cables and molding must be installed from the Top of the ceiling down to the camera.

Pot Transactions must be conducted in a booth Type area, such as bank does allowing for video Cameras pointing at transactions area.

At least 6 months of archived video must be saved.
(Due to the cost of decreased hard drive space, this is financially affordable.)

All cameras must use a CCD lens, and not be CMOS lens which produces a foggy like image.

All Video Surveillance must be installed by a professional Company or at least provide proof of an independent installer That has least 5 years working and installing video equipment.

SF Mayor wants camera installed in SF. Great let me tell him what to do…..

August 24, 2005 at 5:12 am Leave a comment

DVR Server Monitoring Solution

360DVD – Full Circle Digital Video Data

An Online Application remotely monitors the status of 1 to thousands of Digital Video Recording Security systems*. Simultaneously, it monitors connected video cameras at multiple business within a city, state, country and even worldwide. The application retrieves information from the DVR system log, and displays it in a FLASH graphic format, including graphs and gauges.

Business owners and managers can determine the status of all DVRs selected for automatic polling at a glance. Other options include having detailed reports emailed directly to you. These documents display a variety of status graphs, screenshots, and log files including:

~ # of days of recording on the hard drive
~ # of times a manager logged into the DVR
~ # of times a customer walked through a door
~ Temperature of the DVR ,CPU, and Case
~ Camera and Power Failure
~ Screen Shots of Applications Used
~ DVR Error Messages

These features allow the user to quickly troubleshoot, anticipate problems, as well as schedule any preventive maintenance. The 360DVD Online Application saves the user an incredible amount of time, since he/she won’t have to individually log into every owned DVR, or wait to find out about a problem.

Acme Inc. owns 30 locations with 30 DVR Systems. If they spend a mere
15 minutes logging into each DVR, it would still take them over 7.5 hours to review all statistical information on the DVR System. This isn’t even taking into account additional notes they would need to document by themselves.

If Acme Inc. is using the 360DVD Online Application, it would only take
a maximum of 15 minutes to review ALL statistical information from all 30 DVR Systems. Additionally, the company would have a clear “peace of mind,” knowing that all 30 DVRs are working and recording video on an everyday basis.

August 24, 2005 at 4:04 am 1 comment

Looting and how Private Business Can Help Society

Just found a great website..We are getting closer. Maybe I just need to YELL Louder for someone to hear me!

Check this website out Help society prepare for 72 hours. This is great, but our local business, need to also be prepared. And they more a local business prepared the better it is for society. Let me explain.

Lets just say, a major 8.5 earthquake hits San Francisco and we loose our power for 72 hours and most of the citizens are prepared because of your website. So this is good. The bad news you have no information about what To do if you’re a business or let alone a bank. Big problems will arise Of no power. The biggest problem, is that all of the looting. Either from Walmart, Sporting Good Stores, that have guns. Then what about banks. It is Practically impossible to send police officers to secure every bank.

Ok, now think about this. No power. No Power. No Power.

What this means to me, is that all the video cameras that are supposed to Record, are not recording anymore. Because the average UPS that was purchased to help if power surge can only handle 16 camera and 1 recorder, will only last 5-7 minutes.

Not only does a section need to be created on but under a HLS law, it should be required and released publicly that all business are required to have at least 12-24 hours of battery backup for all CCTV System. Banks should have at least 5 days. Also there needs to be a policy and standard on NO CCTV exposed wires and all CCTV cameras must be in cased in a vandal proof dome or rectangle housing. Because even if you battery backup, they can cut the wires and make a camera pivot on its access with a simple throw of a shoe.

Also all business should be required to have on their premises, enough plywood, screws and a constant charge of a portable drill, to seal up Windows in case of a natural disaster or terrorist act happens.

The cost for each business to implement this would cost an average of $1000-$3000, and I am sure many manufactures of UPS, would create a rebate program, as well as home depots, and lumber yards would create an rebate program.

More info about how long you can run a computer and cameras can be found here If this policy would be in order and mandatory, then the police can focus On what is really important. Saving a persons Life and not be distracted for Looting across the city. Which just pisses me off…Becuase if you really think about……

Who cares, if people are stealing TV’s, Electronics and Jewlery. As long as the GUN Shops Are Closed, Let the cheap business owner call his insurance company, but then again, screws up the economy.

So the buttom line is that the HLS needs to create standards for CCTV for small, medium and large retail business including are banking systems. What are they waiting for. DO IT NOW! It will cost the US GOVERMENT, practically nothing to put in place compared to all the money they are spending. Its not called GOVERMENT LAND SECUIRTY, so why should this money come from tax payers. Make it come from the local business. The best comparision, is that you can’t let a baby run around without diapers, so why do business get to run around with no diapers.

Article I found that relates to what happen, if the policy and standard on no created that I have written above.

Looting on Tchoupitoulas Street
By Michael Perlstein
Staff writer

Looting in New Orleans was so widespread Wednesday that police were forced to prioritize their overwhelmed enforcement effort.

Winn-Dixie’s Riverside Market Place on Tchoupitoulas Street was breached in the morning by foragers who broke through a metal security door. Eight police officers in marked cruisers made it to the parking lot by noon, but they had a more pressing problem than people walking off with food and liquor.

The officers were rushing to a break-in next door at the Sports Authority, desperate to secure the store’s stockpile of guns and ammunition.

“I think we ran them off before they got any of it,” said the commanding officer at the scene. The cops secured the store with heavy plywood before moving on to other emergencies.

At about 2 p.m., the officers rushed back to disrupt a second break-in at the sporting goods store. An officer in a squad car tried to chase a Bell South utility truck that fled the scene, but he lost the truck amid fallen trees.

Upon surveying the thefts, the officer said the most conspicuous missing items were all the weapons from the store’s knife case.

Before boarding up again, the officers took some essential supplies for themselves: socks, T-shirts and Power Bars. As officers were pounding the last nails the commander yelled: “Let’s roll it, someone’s driving around in a mail truck.”

I also sent what I written above to and this was their response.

Hi Peter, thank you for your thought-provoking comments. The website is just dedicated to personal preparedness. We are working with various aspects of the business community to assist in their emergency planning efforts, from the Small Business Commission to the Building Owners and Managers Association.

Best, Amy

Ok, Great………Lets just see how long this takes to implement!

August 12, 2005 at 5:06 am 6 comments

Banks need new CCTV cameras, in 2005

I wish I had time to write more tonight, but I have things to do, then to bitch about how stupid banks are, or maybe its how stupid the companies they hire that sell the CCTV equipement to the banks.

I’ll start by saying this……..Why do most bank in the year 2005, still use a 1998 style C-Mount Video camera on a wall mounted arm device with the wire exposed.

Can anyone give me a reason why this is better than a smokey transparent dome camera, in which nobody from an employee, customer or robber would know which way is pointing,

Wait one more thing!
Why do most banks, have only 1 camera per teller window, but NO cameras in the lobby or personal banker area? and please I don’t buy that they are hidden. “Which was told to me by a bank manager that had brick and solid marble walls since the 1900’s. “That was said to me over a year ago”

A month a go, I was back in the same bank, and guess what? I saw new CCTV Cameras all over the place. My favorite camera was when you walk into the bank. The camera is actually pointing right over your head and facing the same direction as I am. As I am look above, I can actually follow the cable across the wall and then, the cable makes a 90 degree angle and comes down the wall. The exposed wire is now at eye level to me.

Oh it gets even better………Since this old 1900’s bank is made from brick and marble, they did not mount any cameras on the wall looking at teller’s window. I guess a very bright person convinced this Bank to actually mount the cameras
inside a 2″ black, plastic pole right next to the teller looking at the customer. You would think, at least theyt would hide this wire……but nope, thats exposed as well. OK, so you think these camera poles are mounted in the counter with a nut and bolt….but nope…..try 2 wood screws…and the one that I saw, even looked like the screw was bent.

I am assuming they have Internet Secuirty Specialist working for banks, and making sure they are are using the latest firewall and secuirty software to stop a hacker from hacking into a bank. So, then how come they don’t have a CCTV Specialist consulting with banks.

August 1, 2005 at 5:03 am Leave a comment


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