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Police: Homeowner security video increases chance of crime getting prosecuted

WZTV

The trend of homeowners hooking up their own security systems is growing, and it’s putting more power into their hands.

It seems like everyone is either getting a Ring, a Nest camera, or some type of smart phone home system.

Belle Meade Police Chief, Tim Eads said simply having a camera that criminals can see will detour crime. While movies depict criminals cutting the cords on a security camera, Chief Eads said in most cases they do not actually do that. Criminals are looking for an easy target.

Chief Eads said video also helps investigators prosecute crimes.

"We have found that video is very helpful, maybe not 100% percent of the time, but you definitely increase the odds of your crime being solved," said Chief Eads.

Tim Eads said some crimes, like package theft, or car burglaries can be difficult to solve, and the video could make a break a case.

"Sometimes with a criminal case all it takes is one more piece of evidence,” he said.

Paul King, who lives in Nashville hooked up several cameras at his house.

"Basically, I wanted my kids to see who is at the door,” he said.

They are making him feel safer too. A while back, King caught someone stealing out of his car.

"They got $1,000 worth of tech equipment out of my car,” he said.

Yassi Shahmiri, director of communication for Ring, said the cameras are helping fight crime with the video, but also detouring crime as well.

“We've seen a lot of examples of our customers which we call our neighbors detour a crime just by speaking to a visitor who may be checking to see if someone is home before they break in. So, it puts the power into the homeowner’s hands," Shahmiri said.

Chief Eads also said if you have a camera, there is one thing you need to be doing: registering it. That will give the police department all your information if you end up calling them or using your alarm function on your device.

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