EDITORIAL – Take the fuzz out of video camera surveillance in businesses

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

A QUESTION about all those store robberies — why is the quality of surveillance videos so poor?

There have been four robberies at downtown stores this month, at least three of which have been recorded on surveillance cameras.

Those videos have been released to the public in hopes they can help with identifying the robbers. They’re so fuzzy they don’t do much more than show the colour of their hoodies.

Lots of ideas are floating around about what to do about armed robberies in the downtown shopping area. There’s the standard stuff about not keeping too much money in the cash register, having good lighting and so on but the quality of video footage doesn’t get mentioned.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Take the fuzz out of video camera surveillance in businesses

  1. Cheap camera systems is of course the problem. Another solution would be like the guy that ran a liquer store somewhere down south, A 38 Smith and Wesson every five feet under the counter.That might do it,but that,s not allowed Giving non addicted purveyors of hard drugs a mandatory 25 years,no parole would help.How about a guaranteed annual income to these fellas with hoodies?How about no hoodies?
    What does all this have to do with cameras?Not much, It,s all do do with our failing society.People who live in Surrey,Langley and Abbotsford are afraid to walk down the street and in their parks.I watched a documentry on PBS last night about central American gangs on Long Island.It,s a gigantic problem and it is slowly heading our way.Toronto and Montreal already has it,but have faith folks,Mr,Trudeau,Bill Blair and Ralph Goodale will solve the problem.

  2. Gary K Thiessen // January 30, 2019 at 8:56 AM // Reply

    ” A QUESTION about all those store robberies — why is the quality of surveillance videos so poor ?”

    That’s easy to answer. Most places buy the cheapest video solution that they can find, and pictures like this are the result. If they upgraded their cameras to ones that would do 720p at a minimum, and tie them to a computer run system, instead of the cheaper DVRs, then their surveillance videos would be superb instead of fuzzy , barely usable images.

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