Gaining a purchase on crime with Axis

Stratford Square Mall helps local police catch after-hours vandals with Axis HDTV-quality network cameras

“The zoom capability of the Axis cameras is great. We can quickly pick out a face, get a clear image of a logo or a tattoo without any pixilation and push those details out to the local police department.” John Kelsey, Assistant Security Director for Stratford Square Mall.


When new owners bought the busy 1.3 million square foot Stratford Square Mall, one of their top priorities was to install surveillance cameras in the common areas and parking lot to ensure the shopping complex maintained its family-friendly atmosphere. StreetMAC Asset Management Company sought a network-based HDTV-quality solution that would be easy-to-use and shareable with the Bloomingdale, IL Police Department to help apprehend criminals, find lost children and quickly resolve safety issues such as alleged slip-and-falls.


The management company hired Premier Technology Solutions, a Mokena, IL-based IT services company and Axis partner, to design and install a surveillance system that included a fiber optics infrastructure and nearly two dozen high-definition Axis network cameras monitored 24/7 from the mall’s security command center using a Milestone video management system. Because the solution is network-based, it enables mall management to give local law enforcement access to live camera feeds and archived video.


Since the video maintains HDTV-quality, even when zooming in for close-ups, Stratford Square has been able to provide evidentiary detail that assists the Bloomingdale PD in quickly apprehending suspects. Even though the five anchor stores and many of the smaller retail shops have their own surveillance systems, these establishments often rely on the higher clarity of the Axis cameras to help identify individuals-of-interest once they exit their premises.

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