Does Video Surveillance Make a Difference?

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Monty Haltiner is counting his tequila. All because of shoplifters.
Monty Haltiner, says, "We had a couple guys working the store stealing, shoplifting high end bottles of tequila." Something Haltiner's 16 camera surveillance system captured digitally.

Haltiner, says, "They usually bring someone in that goes up toward the counter that distracts the clerk while the other gentleman goes behind some shelves and just puts a bottle of tequila down his pants."
Haltiner hopes this video will help catch the thieves but just by catching someone on camera doesn't mean the crime will be solved.

Sergeant Tony Clayton with the Grand Junction Police Investigations Unit says, "It does really no good to tape the top of some one's head or the back, you want the facial shot." When good video is available Clayton says chances of catching the perpatratpr do increase, like when police say this video surveillance at Johnny's liquor helped them nab James Joseph Jones, the man they say robbed the store.

All Sound Designs installed the camera system at Crossroads Liquor and says they look to set up a few key shots.
Eric Landis with All Sounds says, "Facial recognition coming in and out of doorways as well as at the register (is best)." Landis says one of the misconceptions of video surveillance is that the picture will be perfect every time. "A lot of times we just have height, approximated weight and skin color and that's what we end up going off of."

Police are still looking for a man who stole cigarettes from seven local convenience stores. Something that surveillance video captured.

Clayton says, "We may not get a facial feature but can identify clothing, how tall they are, what particular weapon they might have used if they left on foot or did they leave on a bike."


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