Security cameras send video right to police
The number of burglaries is increasing across central Indiana and alarms can only do so much to keep your home safe.
Cameras are everywhere, but who is watching, if anyone? New security technology includes a camera that turns on if someone walks in front of it and, within minutes, police will be on the scene.
In Carmel, a teenager was shot in her own home by burglars this week. Fishers police have been busy most of the summer working a string of home burglaries. In Greenwood, an increase in new homes has become an open door for criminals.
But video taken Monday morning at TC Electric on Morris Street shows a man walking through the parking lot at 2 a.m. after cutting the fence.
You have seen suspected thieves caught on camera before, but the camera that caught this guy also sent the video to a dispatcher, says Kelly Zeigler of Logistics Safety & Security.
"The dispatcher sees the footage, 2 o'clock in the morning...got an intruder, doesn't look right," Zeigler said.
Police departments waste thousands of dollars a year going to false alarms. Some departments are starting to require video or pictures before sending an officer.
The little camera, like the one at TC Electric, does just that. It works like a motion sensor light and sends 10 seconds of video via a cellular signal, which can tell police for sure if someone is on the property or not.
TC Electric has been robbed four times this month. The owners had enough of the "five-finger discounts" after midnight.
Within a week of putting up four new cameras, the suspect was caught and taken to jail.
The cameras can be installed just about anywhere and can be moved without special tools or moving wires. Larger business cameras sell for around $600.