Our Service To The Community

Today we are in the midst of the World Series, the pinnacle of the baseball world. At the start of each Major League Baseball season, 30 teams come together with one collective goal: to win it all.

The World Series is the final round as two teams (the Dodgers and Rays this year) stand alone, fighting for a championship while the rest of the world watches. 

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Winning a championship is the ultimate collective goal; a team comes together, no matter the sport, and it must work together to achieve this great accomplishment.

A professional baseball season is long and at times it can be grueling. The motivation to remain focused often derives from the fantasies of young children, now grown men playing a children’s game—the fantasy of winning a world championship. 

Only a few will win, while many, of course, will not, yet the thought that “maybe it will be me” carries these athletes through their lifelong determination and passion.   

Then there are the fans—we who watch the games with the same determination and passion. 

While some of us played at a young age, and maybe others made it a little further, we do not know the long hours and endless training the athletes endure. Nevertheless, we feel connected to them in a sense that cannot be explained with logic. We ride their highs and sink with their lows as if it was our devotion and lifelong dedication on the line. I think what creates that sense within us is the sense of community. Feeling a part of something, feeling that we are all in this together, makes us feel almost like we are contributing in some way. 

I don’t know about you, but this feeling began to brew within me when my father took me to my first professional sporting event. The united cheer of the crowd, raising our voices for a common goal no matter our differences, was truly inspiring. To this day I am in awe of this feeling at every sporting event I attend. This feeling is one I never tire of. 

The athletes—they feel it too. This sense of representing something beyond themselves, a common goal, is what pushes them to the highest level of competition. 

I know that this feeling is real.

It is, sadly, most prominent when there is a tragedy, a moment when a city comes together and rallies behind its sports teams, often creating the most inspiring moments of unity. 

I fondly remember Drew Brees speaking of winning a championship for the city of New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina ripped through their homes. 

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And when David Ortiz addressed the Fenway Park crowd with words of encouragement and unity after the attacks at the Boston Marathon. 

And who could forget, after the tragic events of 9/11, when it felt as if the entire country stopped to watch Mike Piazza’s home run travel over the head of Andrew Jones; then, a few short weeks later, a sold-out, emotional, Yankee Stadium crowd chanted “U-S-A, U-S-A” as President Bush stood on the mound with a “thumbs up” before throwing out the first pitch, as if to say, “From this darkness we will rise.” 

The correlation of community and sports is definitely real. 

In the odd year of 2020, this feeling should presumably be more palpable than ever. No one needs to recap the events of this year. Not a day goes by where we are not reminded of the “unprecedented times” in which we are living.

While events like these have often brought unity, at this time our country is as divided as ever. 

In our line of business, community is something we vow to protect. We feel it is our duty not only to protect the physical security of our communities, but also our sense of community as a whole. 

In fulfilling our duty, we have partnered with both local city and community leaders as well as law enforcement to help protect our community while restoring the sense of the word itself. 

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Later this week we will be furthering our commitment to this goal when we present the Fruitland Police Department with one of our mobile surveillance trailers. 

We at VDS believe in everyone doing their part to sustain our community and help build towards a brighter future. 

A certain sense of unity brings responsibility to our neighbors. We here at VDS carry that responsibility every day. Yet without this sense of community, the ultimate goal of unity can unfortunately be lost.  

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While in the past I personally would look to sports to bring that sense of unity—sitting together in a stadium, 50,000 strangers of all backgrounds coming together—this year we were not fortunate enough to experience this. Our “new normal” has dictated no fans in the stands for this year’s baseball season. We all missed the summer traditions at the ballpark. Two fans, however, did not accept this new reality and went beyond the limits of this baseball season. 

The first, a man in Boston, climbed the outer wall of Fenway Park to “support” the Red Sox during a home game this season. 

The second incident, and the more notable of the two, took place in mid-September in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, a man walked right into Miller Park and decided to do some gardening. 

The surveillance footage, which went viral, shows the individual circling around the ballpark for several minutes looking  for any opening; he then discovers an unlocked door and walks right in.

He spends the next while administering a private ballpark tour all over the stadium, then later finds himself on the field, where he hopped on a tractor and drove it all over the field for nearly ten straight minutes, racking up an estimated total of $40,000 in damages. 

While the internet had its fun with this episode, I thought about the number of ways this situation could have been avoided.

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Imagine that a team of professionals is watching live and sees this man rounding the outside of the stadium; in real time, they can both alert the authorities of the suspicious activity and notify the intruder that he is being watched. 

The results of these events would be wildly different and the damages avoided. 

In just eight short minutes, $40,000 in damages were caused; with one short phone call, they could have been avoided. 

Vision Detection Systems offers remote live monitoring, with the ability to tap into any camera feed in any location and watch live. We respond with any number of customer-customized protocols in real time, leaving you worry free. 

The idea of feeling secure and, as I said, “worry free,” in times like these may seem like a phantom, but as some of our country’s most important days rapidly approach, I think of this responsibility, the sense we all owe to each other to do what’s best for us as a whole. Look into the mirror every day and ask yourself what you can do to inspire unity. If we do this, we will no longer feel alone. This sense of security is no longer a myth; it is knowing that your neighbor is looking out for you, and hopefully you are doing the same. 

We at VDS will be doing our best to look out for all of you and trying to improve and bring about brighter days. 

I personally will be watching the Dodgers and the Rays unite for one common fight and hope that we, too, can unite for what’s right. 

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