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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Case Study – Covert Surveillance Investigation - Bundles of Cash Pocketed in Clear Sight

pocketed cashBarringtons was asked to conduct an investigation into gaming area clearance discrepancies at a Country Club. After a review of the gaming lounge and surveillance of staff activities on two particular days we were of the opinion that a “live” review is was not possible under the circumstances. An application was made to theLocal Courtfor an authority to install four (4) covert surveillance cameras. We recommended three (3) cameras inside the gaming area of the Country Club and one (1) in the area where the clearance count was conducted. It was proposed to concentrate the cameras on three (3) particular machines and the count table located adjacent to the main bar.  This was based on information supplied by a staff member regarding the site relative to the most recent thefts.  With correct camera placement coverage of the other machines that had recorded discrepancies footage could be obtained. Barringtons proposed that after the cameras had been installed the operation be left to run for approximately seven (7) days.  This covered a number of clearances and allowed Management of the club to align any detected discrepancies in the clearance figures.  When it was established that ongoing thefts were occurring and the offenders were identified we proposed the following:
  • All illegal acts detected to be referred to the local Police.
  • The next clearance to be recorded on covert camera.
  • At the conclusion of the clearance Club Management conduct an audit on the money on hand to indicate any discrepancy.
  • The clearance footage as recorded on covert cameras be reviewed immediately.
  • Any illegal activity detected was to be referred to the Police, along with all other previous incidents recorded.
Barringtons briefed local Detectives in relation to this matter and two of Barringtons surveillance operatives were utilised in the monitoring phase of this investigation. The installation took place after close of trade and before staff open the premises for trade the following morning. Monitoring of the clearance of the machines showed that all monies were collected however the camera installed over the count table showed the staff member removing bundles of cash and placing them in his pockets. Police were called and a search of the person revealed the stolen cash. He was subsequently charged and his employment terminated. Learn more about Barringtons Investigation services here. Blayne Webb, Director, Barringtons
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