South African criminals now stealing security cameras

Some South African criminals have found new, lucrative products to steal in secure neighbourhoods – high-end security cameras.

According to Axis Communications there has been a spate of security camera thefts in various areas within Johannesburg, which includes Linden and Emmarentia.

“During these robberies, thieves would make their way around secure neighbourhoods in search of high-end security cameras,” the company said.

“They would then simply walk up to the cameras, snip the cable and claim their prize – a high-end camera to sell in South Africa’s profitable second-hand CCTV cameras business.”

Stealing of security cameras became so commonplace that Axis Communications is now punting their anti-theft security camera ranges.

Basic anti-theft measures include tamper alarms and motion detection, but this is not always enough to stop criminals.

“Our camera ranges also offer audio alarms that pick up changes in audio or changes in scenery when the cameras are being moved from their fixed position,” said Roy Alves, Business Development Manager for Axis Communications MEA.

“Some of our high-end camera models have a sensor that detects any vibrations, so that any tampering on their mounting pole would lead to an alarm going off back at the surveillance stations,” explains Alves.

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