Man Uses iPhone App To Help Thwart Burglars

Can you imagine watching thieves break into your house? Last week, Vince Hunter from Dallas found himself in this situation while visiting family 1,500 miles away in Connecticut. While pumping gas, Hunter received a text message to alert him that the motion detectors in his house had been activated. Because Hunter’s house had been broken into before, he decided to invest in an elaborate security system. This system includes three different cameras which can stream surveillance video to any computer. Thanks to the iPhone app called iCam, Hunter is able to watch this video from his iPhone as well.

After receiving a text message alerting him that the motion detectors had been activated, Hunter pulled up the live video feeds on his iPhone. Hunter’s wife also received a text message about the motion detectors so she called him to see what was going on and he asked her to notify the security company.

During the course of the attempted burglary, Hunter watched the thieves and then later watched as police arrived on the scene. As he described it, "I go back to the footage, sure enough, they're in the backyard checking things out. They're throwing bricks ... at the tempered glass and they can't break it three times. Finally, it appears they wind up and kind of go back in that area, and they just hurl this brick through the glass and ... this brick ends up in our living room."

Fortunately for Hunter, the thieves were spooked by the alarm system and ran away empty-handed. Unfortunately, his neighbor wasn’t as lucky. According to police, the robbers cleaned out her house minutes before targeting Hunter’s home. Police are using the footage from Hunter’s security system to attempt to track down the thieves.

Via:  ABC
Comments
3vi1 4 years ago

I wonder why he didn't just remotely activate the alarm before they got in?

If he's going to do things this way, he should upgrade his system. Once they get in, steel bars should drop out of the ceiling, trapping them in the house.

>>While pumping gas, Hunter received a text message to alert him that the motion detectors in his house had been activated.

I expected the next part to read "And then there was a violent explosion, because he didn't know better than to use a cell phone while pumping gas."

inspector 4 years ago

"I wonder why he didn't just remotely activate the alarm before they got in?"

Could he even activate the alarm remotely? He told his wife to call the security company.

"If he's going to do things this way, he should upgrade his system. Once they get in, steel bars should drop out of the ceiling, trapping them in the house."

HEHE, that would be so funny if that happens, just imagine what the robber would be like when hes trapped like that.

3vi1 4 years ago

>> just imagine what the robber would be like when hes trapped like that.

Even better, with my system (after the bars had come down to lock the thieves in the house) a puppet would come out on a tricycle and say "I want to play a game...."

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="3vi1"]I wonder why he didn't just remotely activate the alarm before they got in?[/quote]

Maybe he was holding his iPhone 'wrong' as he dialed-in the activation code.Stick out tongue

slugbug 4 years ago

Yeah but then the thieves would have sued him for unlawful confinement or some BS like that.

AlanH 4 years ago

@slugbug I'm pretty sure breaking and entering caught on video for proof is WAY more illegal than trapping the thieves in your house while the police arrive

realneil 4 years ago

Poison Gas,..................'nuff said.

fat78 4 years ago

or atleast invest in a pack of dogs, save money on dog food and deals with the burglars

Marc B 4 years ago

It's always great to hear that a civilian has taken measures to dissuade burglars from invading his premises and/or gain information that could assist in their future apprehension. Good to see that this app works.

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