Lights, Camera, Action: Surveillance Is a Group Effort

In July, employees of a Sonoma, California, Bonneau c-store noticed a car returning throughout the day. Chris Bambury, vice president and general manager of Bambury Inc., which runs three Bonneau c-stores, watched on surveillance as the car returned late at night. So, he called the sheriff’s department to come watch.

“About 3 AM, it all came together,” Bambury said. “In minutes, they swapped their license plates, surveyed the business, looking through the window with bandanas covering them up, and then used a small sledgehammer to hit the front door.” But all they got was arrested.

With the combination of surveillance, coordination and a nearly impermeable laminated glass door, which shatters the glass inside of it and triggers an alarm when hit, it was the perfect mix of prevention tactics.

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