San Luis Obispo (SLO) County had experienced multiple incidences of vandalism at two flood control gates located along the Arroyo Grande Creek levees in Oceano, California. Vandals placed large rocks to block the flap gates and prevent the gates from closing, broke off the lift reels, and physically forced the flap gates to open when they were designated to remain closed—resulting in a number of liability lawsuits against the county.

The County of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department was determined to protect the flood control gates, prevent further liability, and of course, catch those responsible for these acts. To accomplish this, the county began their search for a surveillance solution that could effectively monitor the flood control gates at Arroyo Grande Creek levees and provide high quality video evidence to prosecute vandals.

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