For the past 25 years, Tony Ibarra’s company, Diganet, has developed surveillance camera technology primarily used by the government for security efforts, including border patrol and homeland safety.
These days, he’s getting more walk-in traffic as residents and business owners along Federal Boulevard try to protect their property.
Ibarra’s cameras offer a 24-hour, anti-graffiti surveillance service that trips an alarm as someone steps onto a property. Security guards back in a monitoring station use a live chat-back feature to tell taggers police are being notified. Some systems come with a flashing blue light and siren.
Buying the camera system was Mike Moore’s last-ditch effort to stop the tagging of his Littleton Capital office on the 600 block of South Federal Boulevard. Moore says his stucco building was hit scores of times over the past decade.
“When people came up here to do a mortgage loan, they would take one look at my building and think this was a bad neighborhood and decide to do business somewhere else.”
His place hasn’t been tagged for the past month – since a camera was installed on the building, as well as on a neighboring dental office that shares the monthly monitoring costs. Last week, the mortgage office had its first set of walk-ins in nearly four years.
“But I can’t really believe it yet,” says Moore. “I still drive to work every day expecting to see the graffiti.”