Great story on WFAA today about a homeowner using a camera to protect his property.
But note some of the issues –
The alarm stopped the burglary but not the break in ! The homeowner still had an expensive repair bill.
It’s an upscale North Dallas neighborhood. And apparently it’s good prey for thieves.
Yeah, so much for ‘you only need self defense if you live in a bad area. And make no mistake, the camera (to some extent) and the alarm are self defense measures. They are just passive measures that a person living in a good neighborhood can afford. The technology is not cheap — the camera is $199 for the top model and cloud storage is $99 (for 7 days) or $299 (for 30 days) a year.
Even with the notification, even with the alarm company — the police did not arrive in time to catch the criminal !! He and his possible partner are still out there. And now, thanks to the photos, probably moving to other areas to avoid being recognized.
Even with all the mug shots, the facial recognition software, the databases, etc –
As of Wednesday night, Dallas police had not identified the suspect, but investigators said they are working good leads.
That’s right. With great images available, with clear evidence that this person committed a crime; police still don’t know who he is.
This type of technology is great and will probably, eventually, lead to his arrest and definitely will help his conviction. Unless he plea bargains out but that is another post.
I support and encourage folks to use surveillance cameras and alarms if they can afford them. Proper lighting and securing fences are also great ideas. Just recognize they will not stop everyone.
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