Asad Waheed owns Aegis Security and Surveillance and business has been good.
“Over the last several years, a lot more people have been turning to home security camera systems,” said Waheed.
A standard system costs between $600 and $700, a price far less than many people spend on their TV’s.
Camera technology has improved, bringing down the cost. Increased power on wireless devices like smart phones also allows customers to watch their camera-feeds in real-time.
That price drop has spurred the industry and led to more and more homeowners lending a hand in solving crime.
On Thursday, a homeowner said he’d been burglarized. His security cameras caught the suspect’s vehicle on video.
KSAT Crime Specialist Eddie Gonzales warned homeowners, however, that it’s not enough just to install cameras—they’ve got to know how to use it, too.
“I can’t tell you how many times homeowners say they have video, only to not remember how to access the recordings,” said Gonzales. “The cameras essentially then become a waste of money.”
But Gonzales said they can be an invaluable crime fighting tool when used correctly.
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