Home fans were certainly disappointed when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup in the final game. But some of them were destructive as well, taking their frustrations out on innocent people and property shortly after Vancouver lost to Boston.
The ensuing riot sparked a nerve among those more upset at the violence than the hockey loss. Within 12 hours, more than 8,000 people signed up to help clean the post-Stanley city. Similarly, pictures of the wreckage left behind are all over the internet now, giving Vancouver’s police forces some additional help in tracking down the vandals.
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, speaking to media the next day, said his force was ready but that in hindsight it would have been useful to have more police deployed downtown initially.
Mobile surveillance would have also helped potentially deter rioting.
Portable CCTV cameras, located in key locations around the city, can provide police with live feeds of crowds for on-going monitoring in coordination with feeds coming from existing, fixed-position CCTV cameras. And when these crowds turn ugly, as they did in Vancouver, mobile CCTV can help direct in-coming police forces to security hot-spots as they flare up. Mobile surveillance can also capture pictures for use in the legal proceedings which inevitably come once the riot fires have been extinguished.
Fortunately, most such large-scale gatherings in Canada are peaceful.
But when they get out of control, mobile surveillance can play a key role in in-situ monitoring and post-event investigations.