Does your security system outsmart thieves?
You’re a thief. There’s a house you’ve had your eye on for a few weeks, now. You know the homeowner is a competitive shooter which means there are firearms in his home. You wait for him to be out of town, and you break in. You collect what you think are the most expensive weapons, then head out the door. But something catches your eye. There’s a surveillance camera above the mantle. You’re smart, though. You’ll grab it on your way out. It may have recorded video evidence of your crime, but you’re taking it with you. You go out the same way you came in. You call the burglary a success. Until you see your face on the news.
That’s the situation two Oklahoma thieves found themselves in last month. Says the article,
Two men who entered a competitive shooter’s home might have thought they hit the jackpot and even outsmarted the system by noticing and taking the home’s security camera.
What they didn’t anticipate was that the camera had already recorded the footage and streamed it to an online website for owner Mike Craig to review.
Uh oh, indeed. Video surveillance cameras are great. I love the ability to check in on what’s going on in my house — no matter where I am. But the real beauty of my video surveillance system (and ones that Ener-Tel has installed for several clients) is that the video is stored off-site. In systems like these, video footage is constantly pushed to the cloud, which means that even if the cameras are gone, the footage (evidence) remains.
The only thing that could make this story even better was if the camera system were monitored. Had the homeowner’s video surveillance system been monitored, agents at his central station would have dispatched local police to his home immediately. The thieves likely would not have made it out the door. Of course, they might not have made it in the house in the first place had the homeowner installed a security system, but that’s a different blog post entirely.
Watch the video here.