Video surveillance systems catching on in more homes

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South man can thank his home surveillance system for saving his belongings Friday.

Curi Bernal said his video surveillance system was a great investment.  He said he hoped it will help authorities catch the two men responsible for breaking into his home.

"It was just terrible," Bernal said.  "This feeling that you can't do nothing."

Bernal's two dogs watched helplessly as the suspects jumped the fence in the backyard and made their way onto the property.

In the surveillance footage, one of the men can be seen sitting down and talking on his cell phone.

Moments later, one of the suspects used a pick to break into a bedroom window.

"They had gotten into the bedroom for four minutes and tried to remove the TV from the wall," Bernal said.  "They tried to walk into the hallway.  That's when the motion detector and alarm went off."

The two suspects then dropped everything and took off.

David Robinson with Delta Surveillance said the idea of video security systems in homes is catching on.

"It's always been a popular security measure for businesses, but more and more homes are finding the value of video," Robinson said.

Robinson said there are different types of surveillance cameras on the market to meet nearly any budget.

Bernal said that he will beef up security after the break-in.

"We're probably going to get a bigger dog and put more cameras and security on the windows," Bernal said.

Bernal and his family said they were not taking any chances.  They boarded up windows on their home for added protection and peace of mind.

If you have any information that can help authorities catch the two suspects, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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