With the current seeming increase in crime, more and more companies are changing to digital solutions. The recent shooting of an off duty traffic officer at a Petrol Station in North West Province highlights the trend and shows the abilities of the VC 2000 to catch the relevant footage.
Although the detail gives an impression of what can be achieved showing the crime step by step, correct placement of cameras and usage of lenses at correct focal length would have achieved far more. The owner of the station has been advised as to how he can improve upon his current set-ups.
In the frames highlighted, the alleged crooks arrived in the white vehicle and proceed to fill the tank. The attendant is aware of the gun held by the crook. A second vehicle arrives with the off duty traffic officer looking for oil. The white T-shirt guy holds up the traffic officer while his accomplice gets into the traffic officer's car. The traffic officer reacts and is shot in the stomach, he runs away with the white T-shirt crook following. The white car drives away with the petrol pump attached. The other crook has meanwhile robbed the till point and runs out to the new getaway car, while the white T-shirt crook rummages through the traffic officers pockets for wallet, money, etc. The action occurred in under 40 s from start to finish.
The police are currently working with the colour and monochrome snapshots of the event, provided within minutes of the incident taking place. The snapshots and extracted footage have been e-mailed throughout the region, and as a result of the non-proprietary nature of the software they can play the footage back through any media player.
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