City of Durham Reduces Property Loss and Break-ins with Enhanced Video Monitoring

The City of Durham, North Carolina is a great place for people to live, work, and visit. Located halfway between the Great Smoky Mountains and the beaches of the Atlantic, Durham is centered in the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area. The more than 250,000 Durhamites enjoy a rich diversity of amenities right outside their doors, including the Durham Performing Arts Center, Museum of Life + Science, more than 300 restaurants of all kinds, and the famous Durham Bulls baseball team and park, just to name a few.

Durham’s business community is also diverse and strong. With an economy driven by the life sciences thanks to Research Triangle Park, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and many Fortune 100 companies, Durham is recognized as America’s eighth leading high-tech metro area and one of the best cities in which to begin a career. With living and working environments as rich as these, it is no wonder that more than 9 million people visit Durham each year.

With such amazing people and businesses to serve, the City government works hard to provide the excellent public services its citizens and visitors deserve.  The City is responsible for a wide range of services—police, fire, public communications, public works, solid waste, 100 parks and recreation centers, and many others. An overarching concern for all of these service areas is the need for the security and preservation of public property.

In 2017, the City administrators prepared a list of priority properties that were in need of improved security. Some of the locations had experienced break-ins or thefts in the past, and others were considered potential risk areas based on the equipment and supplies located in them. The City knew they needed to have a cohesive security system throughout their public properties, and also that they needed assistance from a professional security firm with the right expertise and capabilities.

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