Take Your Personal Safety into Your Own Hands

Published: Jul 01, 2015 at 08:01 UTC

With a 24-hour news cycle, social media and smartphones everywhere, it’s getting harder and harder to escape the gloom and doom of the world around us. For this reason, tending to your personal safety is paramount.

There are numerous options out there: you could learn a form of martial arts, never leave your house or you could do something sensible like set up a home security system.

Gotcha! You’re on Camera!

Perhaps nothing is worse than feeling unsafe and vulnerable in your own home. So, let’s go ahead and look at some cases where the use of home security cameras got a bad guy or lady arrested, thus preserving the victim’s personal safety.

Case in point, in Chandler, Arizona, a suspect caught on camera burglarizing was in police custody within hours. The criminal, who was later identified as Brian Pantoja, was relaxed as he went rifling through the victim’s home, taking all of her prized possessions. It seemed like an easy enough task.

Not so fast, Mr. Pantoja, you’re on camera. Thanks to the victim’s high-definition Canary home security system, the suspect was captured vividly and clearly. The police appreciated the clear images and was able to identify Pantoja and get him arrested promptly.

Hopefully, he’ll think about burglarizing a home in the future. You never know when you might be on camera. This proved that crime just doesn’t pay.

This time, we have a bad lady who’s busted on camera. In Bloomfield, New Jersey, a man caught his neighbor breaking into his apartment and putting her grubby mitts all over his stuff.

Jonnathan Parades, the victim, began to notice that things were awry in his apartment, like missing mail. He decided to buy a camera to see what was really going on. He viewed the live stream on his smartphone at work and lo and behold, it was his downstairs neighbor. Busted! She was identified and arrested in short order.

Maybe she’ll think twice before violating a neighbor’s personal safety.

Caught on Camera

Sometimes suspects aren’t caught so easily after they disturb your personal safety, but home security systems can still help in the aftermath.

This is exactly what happened to one woman in Overland Park, Kansas.  Katie O’Connor was brutally attacked at her home. Luckily, her camera caught everything.  She had a hidden camera in her apartment that captured the suspect attacking her. She had placed the cameras just three months prior when she hired a nanny.  The footage can now be sent over to the police who can get a good view of the assailant. This will make the likelihood of an arrest higher and hopefully, get a dangerous criminal off the streets.

In yet another case in the news, police are seeking neighbors’ camera footage in the hopes of capturing a killer on the loose in Maryland. The couple was killed in their home but police believe that neighbors’ cameras could’ve caught the killer on tape.

Sadly, cameras can’t always prevent a crime from happening, but they can help in the ensuring investigation to get brazen criminals off the street and prevent them from victimizing others.

Securing Your Personal Safety

These cases help to prove the point that your personal safety can be endangered anywhere, even in your home. It’s important to take certain precautions and as we’ve seen, a home security system might be your best bet.

Techlicious has named the top six inexpensive do-it-yourself cameras. These are also some of the favorites among users.

These cameras include:

  • Canary – $249
  • iSmart Alarm – $293 – $349
  • Panasonic – $249 – $299
  • Piper NV- $279
  • Scout – $320
  • Simplisafe – $260 – $539

While you can’t put a price on your personal safety, you still might have a very real budget that you must follow, so these are some affordable, effective options.

The pros and cons of each camera are listed, so you can know exactly what you are getting as well as some features you may have to forego. Side note: the Canary is included and was also the camera identified in one of our cases that led to a criminal’s arrest.

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