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Proliferation of cameras and law enforcement reliance
March 13, 2021
Proliferation of cameras and law enforcement reliance
          This just posted on the Washington Post.  Interesting article.
          Home-security cameras have become a fruitful resource for law enforcement - and a fatal risk
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Daniel Oppenheim, CEO
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          Law enforcement, actually fire responders too, have long relied on alarm – security – fire alarm systems.  The proliferation of inexpensive camera surveillance has only added to that reliance.  The synergy between law enforcement and the alarm industry is so prevalent that I rarely bother to discuss it.  I frequently run across cases where reported criminal convictions relied heavily on a burglar alarm or video surveillance. 
          If you read the article in the Washington Post you too may be dismayed by the “concern” for the rights of privacy, especially the protesters.  Is this guy nuts?  And a camera permitted a gun man to see someone approaching his door.  So would a peep hole.  Maybe we shouldn’t even allow a front door.
          Security systems are designed to provide end user protection.  Sometimes neighborhood surveillance cameras are installed.  These are designed to surveille common public areas; of course protesters will be captured on camera. 
          We haven’t reached the place where camera surveillance is restricted to your own property.  I get requests regarding camera disputes between neighbors often; sometimes I use them for an article but most times I just ignore them. 
          How the data is used is going to determine if anyone’s rights have been violated.  As the installer it’s not your responsibility to oversee the use of the surveillance systems you install; it’s enough that you advise your subscriber to use the systems lawfully, which you do in the All in One agreements for Commercial or Residential, and the camera agreements. 
          You surprised to hear that first responders rely on alarm systems and law enforcement relies on cameras?  Well just wait until the personal injury lawyers find out about’s Connected Car [which I wrote about in my March 4, 2021 article].  If that device can’t save a complete history of a vehicle right before an accident I’m sure it won’t be long before it can.  Hold on to the data, someone is going to ask for it.  By the way, the Residential All in One has been updated to include this device and service.

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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
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