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Security Survey: Clear Water Bay - Part 1 of 3


Guardian Forest Security decided to start doing site surveys on areas that are likely targets for criminals.

We believe that real life situations can give guidance to security professionals and increase family awareness on the real risks that they are facing.

This time we chose Clear Water Bay because it had been a hot spot for burglary. We were glad with our choosing because the amount of security issues that we discovered were astonishing.

In order to make this security report reader friendly, we will present our key findings in three parts.

Part one: low quality installation

Photo 1:

Exposed security camera cabling.

Photo 2:

More exposed security camera cabling.

Photo 3:

Infra-red motion detection sensor. Nothing seems to be wrong until you look at the bottom of the pole. The next photo tells more.

Photo 4:

Close up shot showing the exposed cabling that is vulnerable to tampering. Also, simply by seeing the sensor's back panel was not installed properly, we suspect that this sensor may no longer be operational due to prolonged period of natural water damage.

Photo 5:

This is a pole with cameras and floodlights mounted. We speculate that the floodlights were installed to support video recording at night.

We have such speculation because the size of the camera is too small to suggest long range infra-red viewing capability. The barbed wire may present a slight psychological deterrence, but it poses little real protection from the floodlight wires being cut.

Once the wires are cut, cameras cannot record clear footage due to low light, video surveillance is compromised.

However, for this situation, one do not even need to bother with the barbed wire or the trouble with climbing. The next photo will tell.

Photo 6:

The cabling for both the floodlights and the cameras were laid in the cabling containment shown here. Yes, you are correct, we cannot make it easier for criminals than this! The cabling are running at the side of the pedestrian path at foot level. This is a senseless design.

There is much more, but this blog cannot tell all that we found. You are, as always, welcome to inquire further either by calling or emailing.

Part two preview:

Is there something not right about this?

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