Odessans Taking Neighborhood Watch to Next Level, Installing Surveillance Cameras 1/2/14
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 2, 2014
Odessa - A rash of car break-ins in an Odessa neighborhood has the residents taking action and it may even help officers catch the criminals.
A couple of thieves rang in the New Year by attempting to break into every car along Merrill Ave. off of 33rd St.
Odessa Police say they're seeing more car burglaries in that neighborhood. Now, the people in this neighborhood are tired of it and are doing something about it.
It was a typical day for David Soules, but he noticed something wasn't quite right.
"I noticed the speaker wire hanging out of my truck," Soules said. "My stereo had been stolen out of the inside of my truck."
And it was all caught on camera.
"I saw them getting in my truck on the video," Soules said. "The more we watched the video the more we noticed that they had went down the block, got that vehicle down there, got into another over here."
Soules says this situation has happened one too many times.
"A gun and some other stuff was stolen about a month ago from my neighbor," he said.
Now neighbors are taking action with surveillance cameras.
"I'm going to have one too pretty quick," Soules said. "I want something that'll pull license plate numbers off of cars and have face recognition of people in front of my house."
Soules hopes these cameras will not only catch these criminals, he hopes the burglaries will stop all together.
The surveillance system Soules neighbor has was about $500. He says he'll pay for his with his Christmas bonus.
Though these systems may be expensive, neighbors here say you can't put a price on your safety.