Monday, May 26, 2014 (Memorial Day), Houston, TX
At Pro-Vigil, one of the most common questions we hear is “Has anyone ever stolen one of your units? While the answer is still no, we did have someone recently try their luck. This is the story.
Pro-Vigil is monitoring a customer’s construction site when an intruder enters the site in a red truck towing a trailer. The intruder proceeds to unplug, dismount, and load our Virtual Guard Station into his truck.
Live monitors watching the event escalated it to Pro-Vigil Dispatch Operations Center who immediately contacted local authorities. Unfortunately police took over half an hour to respond, and arrived at the site after the intruder made his escape.
All of Pro-Vigil’s Virtual Guard Station models are equipped with a battery backup in case of a power loss so that we can continue to record, monitor, and dispatch in case someone unplugs the unit. Pro-Vigil also monitors the voltage coming to the unit, and our customers are automatically notified via text message or email that their unit is without power.
The unit continued to record video to our data center in San Antonio, TX of the suspect carrying our unit to his truck, driving home, unloading our unit at his house, and disassembling the unit in order to disable it.
Pro-Vigil captured images of the man’s face, his vehicle, his home, his pet, and identifying marks on the man’s legs and arms (tattoos).
On Tuesday, the footage and snapshots of the individual were sent to our customer, and the customer gathered all of the foremans at the job site. Individuals at the site were able to identify the man as being an ex-employee of one of the sub-contractors at the site, and gave the individuals information to our customer.
The man’s former employer contacted the individual, who realized he was caught and tried to make arrangements to return the unit to the property.
Pro-Vigil contacted Houston Police with the identity of the man, and arranged with local authorities to be at the site when the suspect arrived. The man never showed up, so authorities visited the man’s house, questioned him, and retrieved the stolen property.
Since the man was not caught ‘in the act’, a report had to be filed based on Pro-Vigil’s wish to press charges. We are currently awaiting a 2B warrant so the suspect can be arrested and brought to justice.