Surveillance footage often proves key to solving difficult crime - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Surveillance footage often proves key to solving difficult crimes

Surveillance systems help catch criminals in the act (Source: WMC Action News 5) Surveillance systems help catch criminals in the act (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Surveillance footage of the car that Susan McDonald's killer may have been driving (Source: WMC Action News 5) Surveillance footage of the car that Susan McDonald's killer may have been driving (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Time and time again, surveillance video from gas stations, ATMs, and businesses have caught criminals in the act.

"It was a small investment for a lot of peace of mind," Central Gardens Neighborhood Watch member Tracy Wiswall said.

With home surveillance systems gaining popularity in many neighborhoods, residents are catching crucial evidence on their own cameras.

Most recently, a neighbor's security camera caught footage of the car that police believe may lead them to the killer of Susan McDonald. McDonald was killed August 1 in her friend's Cordova driveway.

"If an individual sees this video and knows that vehicle, they'll recognize it," Memphis Deputy Chief Mike Ryall said.

Meanwhile, Wiswall said his own surveillance camera caught several instances of suspicious activity around his house. It has even helped police put criminals behind bars.

"I never suspected I would catch criminal after criminal as they were wandering by my house," Wiswall added.

Surveillance video and photos could be the key bit of information police need to solve a crime.

In Susan McDonald's case, identifying the car and its owner could be the break needed to bring her killer to justice.

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