Posted on 21st May 2012 @ 3:01 PM
When there is a piece of information that you need to obtain, but you want to do it covertly, a hidden camera is the best way to go. With a hidden camera, you will be able to secretly monitor activity and learn everything you need to know about what’s going on when you are not around. Hidden cameras are very easy to use and can be placed just about anywhere and suit any situation. Cub Master Brian Sherbahn used to set up his own sting operations to see if anyone was attempting to steal from cub scouts. But he recently made the wise transition to use hidden cameras to get information.
Sherbahn set up a bright yellow trailer at a donation site at the corner of 72nd and 179th emblazoned with the words "Pack 778 Scrap Metal Drive." But there are some cases, however, where people have been stealing from the donation trailer instead of giving materials to it. Sherbahn personally monitors the trailer and takes time every few days to take it to a scrap metal yard and turn the scrap into cash for his Cub Scouts. The cash is for Cub Scout Vancouver Troop 778.
"These are Cub Scouts," Sherbahn said. "Camp for them is $200 a piece, and we got 14 of them."
He says that there would be more money for his cub Scouters if people did not steal from their donations.
"Give me five bucks and you can have that barbeque. You don't have to steal it," he said. Sherbahn set up a sting last summer to see who was stealing from the Cub Scouts and when. For the sting operations, he used a lawnmower as bait. He then parked behind some stairs a short distance away and watched people "as they drove past, and that little trailer got stolen five times in a day."
But now, instead of having to go through the work of setting up a sting operations, he resorts to something much easier: using a hidden camera to monitor activity without anyone ever knowing about it.
"We're getting all kinds of wonderful videos," he said. "There's a guy that comes up, which we call the 'sneaky weasel video' because he kind of does that Hamburglar walk and kind of sneaks around. We had a guy in a very expensive truck pull up and throw away – I don't know if it was a diaper or a paper towel, but why he drove all the way over here to throw something away, I don't know."
Sherbahn then posts the videos on Facebook where they are shared. He said he hopes the tactic will finally work. In fact, after one video got out, an old broken ladder mysteriously came back.
"It's nice to be able to put some pressure on and get their pictures out there so maybe someone talks to them and says, 'hey, that's not right.'"
If Sherbahn can figure out who's in the video, either by a license plate or a familiar face, he said he shares that information with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.