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Securing a brighter future for women and children in need
Lifespring Ministry reduces vandalism and fosters family growth with the help of a network surveillance system
“ Our goal is to provide a place where women feel safe and get back on their feet, and my greatest fear was that we would be vulnerable from a security standpoint.” Jody Cantey, Director of Lifespring Ministry.
Housed inside a refurbished convent in Aurora, Illinois, Lifespring Ministry is a recovery and long-term transitional living program for women who have lost their housing due to addiction, abuse or financial crisis, offering the support and care they need to get back on their feet. The faith-centered ministry provides a safe, caring environment where women can learn the necessary skills to make new choices, live independently and build strong support systems. Additionally, Lifespring is also a safe place for children to play and grow while their mothers get the help they need. Until four years ago, the front door was routinely left unlocked and there were no surveillance cameras to create a welcoming environment. Recent incidents and acts of vandalism created greater concern about the ministry’s vulnerability, leading to the decision to improve overall safety and security efforts.
Lifespring deployed 12 Axis IP cameras inside and outside the facility, along with AXIS Camera Station for viewing video via desktop or mobile device. The overall solution provides coverage on each floor of the ministry’s building, as well as exterior areas where incidents had been a problem in the past.
Since deploying the new Axis cameras, Lifespring has seen a reduction in vandalism and other incidents. Using the AXIS Camera Station software, the ministry’s director can quickly view the interior and exterior of the building at any time, from anywhere. As a result, Lifespring Ministry’s residents are safer. There are now quicker responses to incidents and a peace of mind that was long absent with the ministry’s previous reactive alarm solution, which relied on human intervention to generate alerts.