When the cameras are working, they can deter would-be criminals from carrying out their plans. In the event that they are caught on camera, it makes identifying them that much easier.
Originally, the story of a man pretending to help an 81-year old disabled woman and then robbing her of $200 in the elevator of her apartment building, was reported in the NY Post on March 5, 2017. A follow-up story reported by PIX11 News on March 7th indicates the man who was caught on a surveillance camera in the elevator has been arrested, and charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing.
Back in November 2016, a man who had entered a 20-year old woman’s Parkchester apartment in the Bronx through her kitchen window was caught on a surveillance camera as he left the scene. Unfortunately, in this case, the camera did not get a view of the man’s face. As far as I know, there has not been an arrest made in this case.
In January 2016, two suspects who committed a hate crime in the Parkchester neighborhood were caught on a community surveillance camera running away from the scene. Described as teens, they allegedly beat a man until he was unconscious because they thought he was a member of the Islamic State. The NYPD released the video to CBSNY in hopes that someone might come forward to aid in the investigation.
The Parkchester South Condominium Public Safety and Security Department operates surveillance cameras throughout the neighborhood. They staff 65 Public Safety Officers that are licensed as New York City Special Patrol Officers and are authorized as New York State Peace Officers. In addition to responding to criminal complaints, the staff is also responsible for enforcing condominium regulations. There is a link on their website to Broadview Security, where you can purchase a home security system for your Parkchester Condominium.