There are surveillance scenarios where it is important to emit an alarm when a person carrying an object is detected. In order to detect when a person is carrying an object, we build models of naturally-walking and object-carrying persons using topological features. First, a stack of human silhouettes, extracted by background subtraction and thresholding, are glued through their gravity centers, forming a 3D digital image
. Second, different
(i.e. orderings of the cells) are applied on ∂
) (cubical complex obtained from
) which capture relations among the parts of the human body when walking. Finally, a
is extracted from the persistence diagrams according to each filter. We build some clusters of persons walking naturally, without carrying object and some clusters of persons carrying bags. We obtain vector prototypes for each cluster. Simple distances to the means are calculated for detecting the presence of carrying object. The measure cosine is used to give a similarity value between topological signatures. The accuracies obtained are 95.7% and 95.9% for naturally-walking and object-carrying respectively.