With the value of scrap metal continuing to rise security firm, Trigion, is seeing growing demand for high-tech solutions to prevent break-ins and thefts.
The firm cited the example of a one scrap yard in Kent which is making use of thermal cameras and a ‘virtual perimeter’ system.
Trigion explained that on a site such as a scrap metal yard, there can be a lot of material on view and it is not always easy to determine exactly what is happening on a standard CCTV camera.
Thermal cameras make it clear where a heat source is and when it moves. They can also display an electronic trail showing where movement has taken place; making detection much easier.
In addition, by setting a virtual perimeter on screen, specific areas can be monitored more closely, and an alarm triggered if someone enters it. This perimeter can be altered remotely to meet changing situations, such as the arrival of a greater quantity of metal.
“With scrap metal prices consistently rising over the past year or two, dealers are increasingly being targeted by unscrupulous elements intending to cash in,” said Neil Ricketts, Security & Technical Services Director at Trigion.
“In the case of the scrapyard, the thermal imaging gives a much clearer picture of the situation, and staff at our remote monitoring station can ensure the site is secure at all times,” he concluded.
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