MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Gotcha red-handed. It's the latest trend in the Mid-South, with more people investing in home video surveillance systems. Law enforcement agencies say it's a worthwhile investment not only to protect your home but to help them catch the bad guys who steal your stuff.
Crouching tiger, hidden dragon, that's how a man looked like as he tip-toed around a house in Horn Lake around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 28. The home’s surveillance camera system caught him stealing the homeowner’s bike.
"Yes, it absolutely aids us in doing our job a lot better and it provides a greater sense of security for the average homeowner,” said Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chip Washington.
Security cameras have become so popular in homes one Memphis security expert says sales are up 20 percent this year compared to last. Sales are so good at I-Spy Security Camera Solutions in midtown, ABC24 News had to stop the interview three times because the phone kept ringing off the hook.
"A residential home about 2,000 square feet can get a camera system installed for under $2,000 dollars,” said the CEO of I-Spy, Joe Everson.
On top of having that sense of security, these cameras are becoming affordable.
"The technology is evolving everyday. Camera systems have become cheaper, and cheaper, and better quality,” said Everson.
Back to our wannabe ninja, Horn Lake Police have not arrested the thief but someone may recognize him in the surveillance video. It may not be your bike that was stolen but knowing you'd have video of people snooping around your home at night may give you peace of mind.
"Everybody wants a camera system and it's great for prosecution and documented evidence when prosecuting criminals," said Everson.