Saturday, May 25 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:09:59 GMT
A dedicated race fan who's been attending the Indy 500 for decades received the ride of a lifetime at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His friends surprised him with a ride in a two-seater with Mario AndrettiMore >>
A dedicated race fan who's been attending the Indy 500 for decades received the ride of a lifetime at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:49 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:49:43 GMT
Scattered showers make for a less than ideal Indianapolis 500 forecast. Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race… but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showersMore >>
Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race, but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showers will move over the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:48:38 GMT
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track. Ten years and a day after his NationwideMore >>
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:40:27 GMT
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the IndianapolisMore >>
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:09:39 GMT
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that 22-year-old Joshua Burton of Bloomington died atMore >>
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:05:14 GMT
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington. D.C. police say the collision occurred late Friday night at the intersection of 23rdMore >>
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:02:27 GMT
The National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly from calm and inviting to rough and dangerousMore >>
National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:58:35 GMT
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired. The Evansville Courier & Press reports ChiefMore >>
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:46:57 GMT
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county, alleging he provided incompetent counsel that kept her from running for re-election. TheMore >>
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:41:11 GMT
The force is with the Indiana State Museum. The Indianapolis Star reports an exhibition called "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" opened at the museum this weekend. The exhibit lets visitorsMore >>
The force is with the Indiana State Museum.More >>
13 Investigates has discovered what you do inside your own home might not be as private as you think. A two-month investigation reveals many families are risking their privacy – giving strangers an opportunity to watch what is happening behind closed doors. Investigative reporter Bob Segall shows you how it's happening -- and how to protect yourself.
You can lock your doors, draw your blinds and close your drapes.
It still might not be enough to keep a total stranger from watching you and your family inside your own home.
13 Investigates discovered families across central Indiana are jeopardizing their privacy -- without even realizing it – because of technology they don't fully understand.
"People have this false sense of security," said private investigator Steve Bockler. "Most people have no idea this is happening, and it's something they should really know."
Bockler, lead investigator for SBI Professional Investigations, estimates thousands of Indiana families are at risk, and he provided WTHR with a hand-held device to prove his point.
The device allowed 13 Investigates to see inside dozens of homes and businesses.
During eight hours of surveillance, WTHR was able to see inside restaurants, shops and office buildings. We were able to watch employees at work and see if anyone was monitoring cash registers.
In homes and apartment buildings, we could see children waking up and going to sleep, what kind of cars people have in their garages, whether anyone was home and what they were doing inside. We could see what was happening in living rooms, family rooms and bedrooms – a front row seat to watch what was going on behind closed doors all over town.
"The most intimate settings in your house are on display for anybody," Bockler explained.
How is it possible? How could someone see into your home or businesses without ever walking inside?
It's surprisingly easy -- if you have a baby monitor or a security system that uses a wireless camera.
Those cameras send video to a nearby monitor where you can see it.
But many wireless cameras transmit the images hundreds of yards, broadcasting them outside your home, as well.
That means anyone with a hand-held wireless camera detector can simply tune in your images via radio frequencies broadcast over public airwaves. Bockler uses a wireless camera detector to perform electronic "bug sweeps" for clients and, in the process, routinely picks us images coming from nearby homes. Wireless camera detectors are legal, widely available on the Internet, and they allow someone else to monitor unsecured wireless video coming from inside your home or business.
"It's a great tool to have wireless cameras for the right application, but the problem is people don't realize these are all public airwaves," Bockler said. "Anybody can see this stuff. We found cameras that are broadcasting over 500 yards and I just don't think people understand that."
Judy Wilemon didn't know.
We met Wilemon as she got home from work and, thanks to a wireless security system inside her Indianapolis house, 13 Investigates watched her walk inside, set her purse down on her living room table and pick up her cell phone to make a call.
"That's scary, real scary," she told 13 Investigates. "I didn't know you could see that. I thought it was just on my [security camera] monitor, not everyplace else."
In Fishers, WTHR was able to watch Sumiko Nakano and her 1-year-old twin daughters in their family room because of a baby monitor set up there.
"Very surprising," Nakano said when she saw images of her family room on the wireless camera detector.
In Carmel, WTHR detected images being broadcast from a bedroom, where a wireless camera showed the residents getting dressed.
Perhaps most common, 13 Investigates discovered wireless cameras focused on the beds of young children all over town -- a breach of security most parents never even think about.
"That's my daughter's bed. She's three and a half," said Richard Buus, who has two wireless cameras in his Fishers home -- one in his daughter's bedroom and another in her playroom. WTHR could see both from two blocks away.
"Those are on pretty much 24 hours a day," Buus told WTHR. "It's a little disconcerting to think anybody with a handheld device like that can walk through the neighborhood and get a peek at our daughters' life at any time."
Significant concern for police
"Wow! People need to be aware of this," said Lawrence Deputy Police Chief Gary Woodruff, looking through wireless camera images captured by 13 Investigates.
"For someone to be able to sit outside your residence and monitor your video surveillance system and see if you're home or not, see what you're doing and then take action from there, that's a significant concern," Woodruff said.
Private investigators and police say you should use wireless cameras carefully and consider whether you really need them at all.
Wilemon has decided to give up the cameras in her living room. "They're coming down. The ones in the house are coming down right away," she said.
Buus says he plans to be more cautious.
"I'll think twice about where we're placing those cameras and what were training them on, and when we have them turned on and when we don't," Buus explained.
"Most people think these cameras are transmitting a signal to the next room, but really it's across the block and down the street," Bockler said. "It's something people need to know if they don't know that already."
Reducing the risk
To reduce the opportunity for others to intercept video images from your wireless camera, Bockler recommends taking several steps:
* Only have your wireless baby monitor operating when you really need it, and turn the camera off when you are not at home.
* Focus baby monitors and security cameras tightly on what you want to see -- not on an entire room or wide area that might show strangers who's home and what you're doing.
* Considering using a hard-wired system instead of a wireless one, and if you're looking for a new baby monitor or security camera, consider one with enhanced security features.
Many of the systems that include enhanced security features also provide enhanced convenience that is worth the additional cost, according to Best Buy technology expert Joe Weiss.
"Remote video monitoring has grown by leaps and bounds in the past three to five years," Weiss said. "The systems we see now are a lot more secure and they offer a very affordable solution."
Weiss says wireless baby monitors and security cameras that put your privacy at risk all have one thing in common: analog technology.
"Analog is an older technology and it's not encrypted, so it's wide open. It broadcasts just like an FM radio," he explained. Most wireless cameras that are more than two or three years old use the older technology.
"If you're looking to buy something now, you'd want to see where it says ‘encrypted' or ‘digitally secure' or ‘network protected.' If you have a system like that and it's set up properly, that will give you the peace of mind to know that you're the only one who's able to see your child."
Lots of alternatives
Wireless camera manufacturers now offer dozens of digitally encrypted options that feature enhanced privacy and convenience.
The "Slim & Secure" handheld baby monitor by Summer is promoted as "100% digital for private connection." WTHR tested that baby monitor for privacy and found images from the system ($200 Toys R Us) could not be intercepted with a wireless camera detector.
WiFi Baby offers a secure, password-protected wireless baby monitor that streams high definition video and audio to your computer or Internet-enabled smart phone. The $279 system requires a wireless router and operates well under low-light conditions.
Video surveillance products from D-Link also send a secure signal to your computer or smartphone, allowing you to monitor a room from anywhere in the world. Priced at around $100 (Best Buy, Wal-mart, Staples), the D-Link cameras feature motion detection and e-mail alerts to notify you of activity.
Panasonic and Logitech offer additional features on their wireless home security systems, such as the ability to zoom and focus cameras remotely; detection capabilities using motion, sound or heat; custom notification and remote monitoring; and expansion up to 16 cameras – all for under $300 (Best Buy).
"The idea is that no matter where you're at, you can have your iPhone, your Android, your PC, or your iPad and be able to view your home or your baby remotely through an Internet portal," Weiss said. "It's all protected content … and it doesn't have to cost thousands of dollars."
Bottom line: Do your research. And if you want to avoid the risk of someone spying on wireless camera images coming from your home or business, forgo a baby monitor or security system with an analog camera for a more secure system with newer technology.
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:53 AM EDT2013-05-25 09:53:25 GMT
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna confirmed that Charles "Chuck" Everson,More >>
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:10 AM EDT2013-05-25 15:10:36 GMT
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district. Terry Spradlin of Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education PolicyMore >>
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-05-25 17:44:05 GMT
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up onMore >>
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up on a remote beach there.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 16:45:20 GMT
Floats and bands are beginning to line the streets Saturday morning for the 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Eight of the 12 floats scheduled to appear in the parade were judged Thursday evening. The 2013More >>
More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to see the 33 starting drivers of the 2013 Indianapolis 500®, more than 80 specialty units, floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:42:48 GMT
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway. The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says 21-year-old Dwayne Davis of Parker City, 19-year-oldMore >>
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway.More >>