Caught on camera: Homeowners fight back with surveillance


by Michaela MacDonald

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Vandalism in a Germantown alley was caught on camera with clear home video surveillance.

Homeowner Brian Geraghty recently installed four surveillance cameras after a string of burglaries in the area, and was able to catch the vandals in the act. His video was shared on Facebook almost 500 times with dozens of comments.

According to the post, someone identified the children who vandalized the garage door and reported them to police.

Geraghty says the cameras have become sort of a digital neighborhood watch.

"I'm sometimes seeing things I really don't want to see. Because I mean you don't want to see crime going on in your neighborhood, so it’s kind of disheartening really," he said.

Geraghty got the cameras a few months ago after a series of burglaries on his block and says they've already paid off.

"All my neighbors are real happy I put them out," Geraghty said.

But Geraghty is not alone-- Just a few weeks ago we told you about a Buechel homeowner who caught thieves stealing his air conditioner on his surveillance camera. The video is crystal clear.

Experts in the home security industry tell us more and more people are installing their own surveillance cameras to protect their homes.

"Now we've got high resolution, now we have remote controls, you can do it from your phone now most of them. There's so much high tech now it’s unbelievable," David Faulkner, owner of Derby City Security said.

Faulkner says over the past few years he's seen 50% more people want video surveillance. He says that's partly due to affordability, and partly due to advances in technology including night vision cameras and apps to monitor your home at all times.

"Peace of mind and just knowing you can always watch your home 24 hours a day with your cell phone, iPad, if you’re at work you can check on the house," Faulkner said.

Geraghty says his four camera set only cost him $170 online, and he has ordered even higher definition cameras.