Vandalism Falls By More Than 90 Percent After Denmark Municipality Installs IP Video Surveillance

The municipality of Egedal in Denmark has experienced a significant drop in crime since the implementation of a surveillance system based on Milestone XProtect Enterprise open platform video management software. The number of vandalism acts alone has fallen by 90 percent. 

When the children and personnel of Egedal come to school on a Monday morning, it is now with a feeling of comfort and safety -- but it has not always been like this. The public institutions have had visits from unwelcome guests, who vandalized or broke into the properties. These incidents cost a lot of money for the government budgets. When several county districts were combined in recent years, Egedal decided to renovate a number of buildings, with a simultaneous agreement to reduce the scope of these crimes once and for all.

"For many years we fought against vandalism, especially in the schools, and it was hard on the students.  It wasn’t fair that every Monday morning they had to fear finding their classrooms destroyed or their computers stolen. So we investigated the options and discovered that IP network video surveillance was the absolute right solution," said Henrik Jørgensen, Head of First Response for Egedal.

In 2008 Egedal registered glass repairs totaling 700,000 Danish crowns -- one school alone had damages totaling a quarter of a million. Around Christmas that year an unknown perpetrator smashed 36 windows in the city hall. The municipality was 70,000 Danish crowns poorer as a result, but richer in experience. Video surveillance has now become part of the daily procedure here -- and not just for the purpose of managing costs from vandalism, but just as importantly to ensure a safe environment for citizens.

Since the video surveillance was installed in 2009, the amount of vandalism has fallen by 90 percent. Egedal is using the Milestone IP video management software platform to control network cameras installed in the sports halls, school yards, libraries, job centers, inter-city train stations and other vulnerable areas throughout the district. 

Only Egedal security staff and central institution managers have access to the surveillance system, and all recordings are deleted after 30 days, unless they are needed as evidence material. They report that it is easy to get an overview of live video or recordings and identify troublemakers. When a first responder gets an alert about a something happening, he can check the video before driving to the site.

"Among other things, it’s possible to scroll back and forth between images, compare and synchronize recordings from different views and locations in the same time period, and zoom in on the perpetrators. The Milestone software is working with vandal-resistent video cameras from ACTi, HIKvision, Mobotix, IQeye and Axis, and the PTZ cameras pan and focus automatically, following motion themselves.  With the high image quality and frame rates per second set up in the software, the system catches many details," said Christian Bruzelius Director of Bruzelius El ApS, who installed the solution in Egedal.

The video surveillance has already proven its worth  as material for the police, and it also has a valuable preventive effect, reports Henrik Jørgensen. "Often we don’t even have to hand over the evidence to the police.  In cases where lawbreaking is done by young people, we talk to them first ourselves, then to the school principal or a social worker, and the parents.  When the proof exists and the cost of the vandalism is on their heads, we’ve experienced that such youth trouble has fallen greatly."

Egedal’s investment in the Milestone IP video management platform is measurably paying off with the reduction in vandalism and break-ins to community property. And that’s not the end of this story.  According to Henrik Jørgensen, the district will continue to follow technology developments in surveillance, and they have already laid plans for the future:

"We are constantly in contact with both Bruzelius El, who installed our solution, and with Milestone. The great thing about the XProtect open platform is that it can be integrated with many different types and models of hardware or software. And if we have a suggestion for Milestone to develop something, they are always interested to investigate new ideas."

Plans include mobile clients in Egedal’s guard vehicles. Via 3G connection to the internet in the cars, security guards can see live video from the area’s many cameras.  This gives more flexibility for security, ensuring that guards are not limited by being in one place physically.  Via mobile surveillance, a guard only has to log in to the central system to get his access to the video to follow different situations at the same time -- able to react before a incidents have a chance to escalate.

"With this technology security guards can track a situation developing and act before it’s too late, or make sure they don’t chase after a false alarm.  This really saves on municipality resources and strengthens our position against crime," Jørgensen said. "We make big demands on our security and choose only solutions that are the most advanced in the market.  This is also why we have surveillance cameras and other equipment from many different manufacturers, and why the Milestone open platform is the alpha and omega for us: it can be built up and scale out with no limits."


  • CISA Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    CISA Kicks Off 20th Anniversary of Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently announced the kickoff of the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Throughout October, CISA and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) will focus on ways to “Secure Our World” by educating the public on how to stay safe online. Read Now

  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Top Five Action Items to Elevate Your Data Security Posture Management and Secure Your Data

    October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and every year most tips for security hygiene and staying safe have not changed. We’ve seen them all – use strong passwords, deploy multi-factor authentication (MFA), be vigilant to spot phishing attacks, regularly update software and patch your systems. These are great recommended ongoing tips and are as relevant today as they’ve ever been. But times have changed and these best practices can no longer be the bare minimum. Read Now

  • Boosting Safety and Efficiency

    Boosting Safety and Efficiency

    In alignment with the state of Mississippi’s mission of “Empowering Mississippi citizens to stay connected and engaged with their government,” Salient's CompleteView VMS is being installed throughout more than 150 state boards, commissions and agencies in order to ensure safety for thousands of constituents who access state services daily. Read Now

  • Live From GSX: Post-Show Review

    Live From GSX: Post-Show Review

    This year’s Live From GSX program was a rousing success! Again, we’d like to thank our partners, and IPVideo, for working with us and letting us broadcast their solutions to the industry. You can follow our Live From GSX 2023 page to keep up with post-show developments and announcements. And if you’re interested in working with us in 2024, please don’t hesitate to ask about our Live From programs for ISC West in March or next year’s GSX. Read Now

    • Industry Events
    • GSX

Featured Cybersecurity

New Products

  • Luma x20

    Luma x20

    Snap One has announced its popular Luma x20 family of surveillance products now offers even greater security and privacy for home and business owners across the globe by giving them full control over integrators’ system access to view live and recorded video. According to Snap One Product Manager Derek Webb, the new “customer handoff” feature provides enhanced user control after initial installation, allowing the owners to have total privacy while also making it easy to reinstate integrator access when maintenance or assistance is required. This new feature is now available to all Luma x20 users globally. “The Luma x20 family of surveillance solutions provides excellent image and audio capture, and with the new customer handoff feature, it now offers absolute privacy for camera feeds and recordings,” Webb said. “With notifications and integrator access controlled through the powerful OvrC remote system management platform, it’s easy for integrators to give their clients full control of their footage and then to get temporary access from the client for any troubleshooting needs.” 3

  • FEP GameChanger

    FEP GameChanger

    Paige Datacom Solutions Introduces Important and Innovative Cabling Products GameChanger Cable, a proven and patented solution that significantly exceeds the reach of traditional category cable will now have a FEP/FEP construction. 3

  • EasyGate SPT and SPD

    EasyGate SPT SPD

    Security solutions do not have to be ordinary, let alone unattractive. Having renewed their best-selling speed gates, Cominfo has once again demonstrated their Art of Security philosophy in practice — and confirmed their position as an industry-leading manufacturers of premium speed gates and turnstiles. 3