Oakland PD Captain Jeffrey Israel comes by
Saturday was a big day for our neighborhood group, Captain Israel had seen our photos submitted as evidence to the Police and wanted to come by and see the system for himself.
He was greeted by the Chairperson of our neighborhood group and myself.
The first order of business was to show him our recording of him entering our neighborhood.
The Camera had been well hidden and he had not seen it.
The license plate was readable in all the photos.
We did a short demonstration of our system and discussed when it was prudent to call the police. Answer: Every time.
Advice from Captain Israel
1) If someone knocks on your door at 3:00 am in the morning, call the police immediately, that is a time with low call volume, and typically the police will be able to respond right away.
2) If the Alarm goes of in the middle of the night and the burglars flee, call it in immediately, it is an attempted Burglary and needs to be logged in their database so that the police can determine criminal patterns.
3) For both incidents it is a great help for the police if the neighborhood surveillance photos can be tied to a police report number, so again make sure you report it every time.
4) When placing real or decoy cameras on the outside on your property, place it where it is lit at night, so that the criminals can clearly see the camera also at night.
5) Make sure your internal list of trusted license plates is up-to-date so that you don’t report a neighbor to the police.
Captain Israel asked us to share our know-how with other neighborhood groups, and introduced us to another group which is about to start a neighborhood Camera Project. Naturally we agreed to help on the spot.