“We have lost enough; many important buildings in Eslöv have been burned to the ground. Norrevångshallen, where the majority of the local sports clubs were housed, was a hard blow. Calculations have shown that 1,500 persons were affected by the incident, as quickly as the next day. The pressure to act increased after this incident. We hope that the monitoring efforts will help us to manage the problems and to create a more secure environment for our residents. We consider the project to be an investment for the future.“ Lars Andersson, Property Manager, service and technology, in the Municipality of Eslöv.
The Municipality of Eslöv in Skåne has had problems with arson since 2008. To handle and rebuild burnt down buildings has to date cost the Municipality roughly 100 million kronor. The Municipality estimates that all together 4,500 square meters of property have been destroyed, among others, a school, a sports center and a kindergarten. An acute demand for action ensued within the municipality, aiming at preventing such destruction in the future. The Municipality had permission to monitor only 2 meters from the front of the properties, so conventional surveillance cameras were not an alternative.
The need of the Municipality of Eslöv was to prevent such incidents happening and to make fast intervention possible. Identification was not a primary need; the objective was preventive detection. The Municipality therefore contacted Axis partner ComTech Group that chose AXIS Q1910-E Thermal Network Camera with a direct connection to an emergency service center. In this case, the camera works as a thermal sensor. With the help of this overall solution, the Municipality may easily monitor places that are particularly at risk, without exposing the identity of the persons. There are a total of 23 cameras placed on seven buildings in the Municipality.
The investment is part of the closer surveillance that the Municipality of Eslöv has invested in to stop the arson. It is also possible that other vandalism can be prevented by the knowledge of the thermal sensors. The system is being installed as a measure of prevention and to hopefully detect problems at an early stage. If the investment produces the intended result, the Municipality of Eslöv will successively increase the surveillance using, among other things, thermal sensors.