F.B.I. Recommends Business Surveillance

By Michael Stafford
Newswest 9

It's situations like this week's bank robbery in Odessa that call attention to surveillance systems at area businesses.

Federal Authorities say a clear picture of the suspect could determine whether they ever make an arrest.

We spoke with a local store and an F.B.I. agent who tell us a video system is definitely worth the investment.

"It's uploaded to a central database and then they can date and time."

This new local business we won't identify, firmly believes in a good video surveillance system.

They may have spent thousands of dollars on it, but one of the store owners say it's already paying off.

"A couple of weeks ago, the window was broken at our store, the cops showed up, and we went to our camera system and were immediately able to pull it up on video, and show the Cops, so they could use it in their investigation," says one of the store owners.

Five seperate cameras, showing five different angles of the business.  If a robber enters, authorities are much more likely to make an arrest.

In fact, Federal authorities tell us that almost 50 percent of robberies are solved quickly when the store has an unmistakeable photo of the suspect.

"Anyone really who has surveillance equipment on site, that it's used properly pointed properly that it's running, because it really is a help to us in solving cases," says F.B.I. agent Matt Espenshade.

If you own surveillance equipment, you might want to double check to make sure it's functioning properly.

If you're a business owner without a system, the F.B.I. highly recommends it, because they'll usually pay for themselves.

After all, it's not always the bad guys ripping you off, you might just find one of your own employees up to no good.