Casino Uses Security Cameras to Save Lives

A Philadelphia casino has stepped up its security after a string of recent incidents—not thefts but child abuse.

Twice in the past month and about 10 times in the past year, cash-hungry parents have been caught leaving kids in cars while they go into the casino try their luck at the tables. The spate was such a problem that the casino invested in extra security measures to catch these negligent parents. It doubled the number of surveillance cameras trained on its 5,000-car parking lot, and it also added a second patrol—not an inexpensive venture.

Product manufacturers love to talk about how end users can “leverage” their products by using them for more than one purpose. And while that’s not possible for many installations (what else is a 7-11 going to do with a security camera other than watch the cash register like a hawk?), it certainly is here. The cameras first and foremost seek to prevent theft and provide evidence in case of a theft; now they’re also being used to protect children from negligent adults.

Done right, getting more use out of what you’ve already got can help end users make their expenditures go further. And given the uncertainty of the economy in these past few weeks – up one day, down the next – that can only be a good thing.

Posted by Laura Williams on Aug 22, 2011

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