If you do a search on the internet on home burglaries caught on camera you may get a shock. Try to wrap your mind around these statistics from the US Department of Justice. n estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28% of these burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary. In 7% of all household burglaries, a household member experienced some form of violent victimization,
Last week, in a subdivision not too far from me, two home break-in incidents were recorded on the home security camera of the homeowners.
In one incident, the surveillance camera shows one suspect walking up to the door with a clipboard as if he was going to sell something. The video showed that he had a sales pen as if he was a salesperson. The suspect knocked on the door a couple times. Nobody answered. He looked around, looked right at the camera right here, and then you see him ducking and looking through the window.”
The video also shows the alleged salesperson leave the residence. Less than one minute later, you see another suspect creeping through the backyard on a different camera. This suspect goes to the back door, he breaks out the window, does not open the door, but climbs through the window.
The homeowner arrived home later in the day and noticed that the gate to her back yard was open. Upon entering her home, she noticed the back door had been shattered.
An interior surveillance video shows the family cat, Leo, run away as the man who broke-in walks up the steps and into the master bedroom.
The suspect took lots of valuable jewelry and then climbed back out the window.
The video footage shows the suspect squat low, gets on his walkie-talkie or phone and is telling the guy, I’m done, come and get me.”
In another incident, a homeowner came home and felt something wasn’t right. So we rewound the video on his hidden interior camera and saw a burglar open a window, go directly to his bed room and leave a minute later with a pillow case containing his haul.
Remember those statistics from above. How close are robberies from you. Over the past few years some sub divisions have seen a rash of burglaries for thieves who have surveyed the subdivisions they are going to hit. If you want to reduce your chances of being a target then please look at some of our other blog entries on things you can do to beef up your home security.
While I do recommend real video camera as part of your home security countermeasures, we also would recommend that you have some type of audible alarm system on all your doors and windows, along with security stickers that warn would be thieves. We also recommend that your interior camera have a motion detection system that will either activate your alarm system or send your notification if motion is detected in your home. Some alarm system companies can configure your system so that small animals like cats or small dogs will not trip your alarm system. This was you will know within a few moments if someone is in your residence when you are not home.
For those that want a good security system without the expense of a costly monthly fee, there are motion detection camera that you can purchase that have these features. If you are interested in such a camera system then please check out the these products available from PepperEyes.com
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