Several months ago, my father spent a few weeks in the hospital as the result of varying health issues. He’s doing better now, thanks for asking. He’d taken in a roommate not too long after my mom passed away and while Dad was in the hospital, the roommate had to run all the errands and such so the house was empty more often than normal. I got a call one evening from the roommate, telling me that the house had been robbed while he’d been gone.
A Home Break In
The entry point was the back door, which had been smashed in by the intruder. What he’d done was grab a bucket that had been sitting outside in the snow and used that as a battering ram. The bucket had been filled with frozen rainwater and worked rather nicely, I’ll have to admit. Upon entering the home, it appeared he’d gone immediately to the roommate’s bedroom and snatched a fair amount of cash he’d had on his dresser, as well as some prescription medications. Nothing else in the house looked to have been touched.
I and the responding officers were able to follow tracks in the snow to where the guy had parked his vehicle. It didn’t take long for us to piece together exactly how it had played out, though to this day, about 10 months later, no arrests have been made.
Surveillance Gear Would Have Helped Solve the Case
Just a single surveillance camera could have solved the entire case. The way the house is laid out, anyone entering or leaving through a door would have to walk through the main living room. A pinhole camera, hidden inside an alarm clock or some other innocuous item, would have easily shown the person’s face, a face that would no doubt be recognizable to law enforcement.
Here’s another quick example. A husband and wife I know have a small vacation home located a few hours north. This is a home they built themselves, little by little on most weekends from spring through fall. Someday, it is going to be their permanent home, once they both decide to finally retire. One Saturday not too long ago, they arrived at the home to find it had been ransacked. While it didn’t look like anything had been stolen, many dishes and other items were smashed or otherwise vandalized. Walls were covered in spray paint, too. By all accounts, it was obviously the work of a group of kids. But, which kids? The house is fairly remote, so no neighbors would have easily seen what was going on. Had the homeowners purchased a motion-activated camera, one that would alert them remotely to something amiss, they could have responded much quicker, alerting local law enforcement and possibly even catching the kids right in the act.
It used to be that home surveillance cameras and other gear was so expensive, only the wealthy would consider it. Today, prices are reasonable and the quality of the footage is light years ahead of what it was even a few years ago. Technology has come a long way. You could have a motion-activated camera hidden inside darn near anything you can imagine. Couple it with a wi-fi router and it will not only record what it sees, you’ll get a text or call sent right to your phone. On top of that, you can even view the video live, wherever you are. Pretty darn cool.
While home surveillance gear won’t necessarily prevent a burglary, it will go a long way toward catching the people who did it. Burglars have a tendency to revisit successful scores. You’ll sleep better knowing they’ve been caught, maybe within mere minutes of the act.