Pricey Home Surveillance Systems Pay Off 1/3/14
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 3, 2014
Car burglaries are up in both Midland and Odessa.
In Odessa, police have noticed a string of break-ins on Merrill Ave, Cabrito and the parking lot of the Walmart off of Loop 338.
Midland has noticed a rise in burglaries since school has been out for winter break.
They say they haven't noticed thieves targeting a specific area.
As more burglaries happen, people are doing something about it; installing surveillance systems.
The method is nothing new, thieves checking car doors and getting lucky. However now, these thieves are being caught on camera.
"We do have residents starting to put up cameras around their homes now," Sgt. Ben Chavez with the Midland Police Dept. said.
In fact, Ben Steen's home security business, HiTech Solutions, has tripled in the past six months.
"Everyone is trying to be secure and safe now," Steen said. "I get called in after people break in and steal all your stuff."
One issue MPD is seeing, people not coming in to claim their property. A lot of times, property will end up in the evidence room and never leave.
"Once an item is stolen, sometimes they're recovered, other times they aren't," Sgt. Chavez said.
The more help police have in finding criminals, the more likely it is that stolen property will be returned.
"It's been helpful with a lot of cases. If the cameras weren't there, we would've never found out who the suspects were or got the property back," Sgt. Chavez said.
He says if it helps solve a case, itís worth every penny.
"It's closure. If something does happen, I can help give you closure because you're going to be able to catch the guys and give your stuff back," Steen said.
Steen says it's up to you on how secure you want to feel. A home security system runs anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand.