WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton police count on surveillance video but if the lens is dirty, the footage can be useless. Kendra Slugoski reports.
EDMONTON — The Edmonton Police Service is reminding businesses and homeowners to clean their security camera lenses and maintain their equipment to help fight crime.
Video surveillance has become an important element in about 80 per cent of police investigations. But some investigations are hindered because of dirty security lenses, including a recent a case of reported card skimming at a mall food court.
“The security camera lens was so dirty and greasy, we couldn’t make out the suspect’s features, and the video footage was useless. Dirty lenses produce fuzzy images, however, clear images help us catch criminals,” said Const. Elvin Toy, Edmonton Police Service.
There have been many cases in which organizations have suffered financial losses and embarrassment, as well as faced legal issues because their surveillance systems were not working properly, police explain.
Here is a list of tips for maintaining security cameras:
Edmonton police are delivering the message as part of Fraud Prevention Month, and will be handing out 2,000 free lens cleaning cloths to local businesses to encourage owners to clean their security cameras regularly.
WATCH: The Edmonton Police Service has released a video comparing a dirty and clean camera lens in a re-enactment.
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