TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa police have recently nabbed residential burglars because of home security cameras.
Earlier this month police nabbed three people suspected in 25 South Tampa area home burglaries. Tuesday morning a woman saw a suspected burglar, Michael Stewart, on her phone’s surveillance video. The victim was miles away, but her dad went to the residence, finding the suspect. The dad shot the suspect, telling police he was in fear.
“Wherever she was, she looked at her phone. She saw that there was someone in her house,” Tampa Police Spokesman Steve Hegarty said. “Something that we’re seeing is people have some pretty good surveillance video. In this case it alerted her that there was somebody in her house when she wasn’t even there.”
For many homeowners, security cameras have become must-have items. “More and more people get ’em just so that they have that nice, safe feeling,” said Ian Robinson from Privacy Electronics in Pinellas Park.
Some systems are very simple. A system called Ring costs about $200. If someone approaches your door, you’ll receive a notification on your phone. If the person pushes your doorbell, you’ll receive a different notification sound.
There are systems you can install yourself, including Nestcam and Arlo.
There are also options that require professional installation. These systems work in all kinds of lighting conditions. “You can have your alarm system that alerts and yells, but it’s a whole lot more when you can actually see what’s happening,” Robinson said.
The key is getting an alert and being able to see the surveillance footage on your phone.