A homeowner's video surveillance caught a 60-year-old man-a real estate agent-stealing women's clothes from the house for sale while the owner and his wife were out of town.
The homeowner presented police with the video, leading to the arrest of and burglary charge for Stephen Brumme. Brumme had arrived at the house in advance of a showing, but rummaged through the homeowner's wife's wardrobe in a bedroom closet and dresser, pocketing some shirts.
Police believe that this type of crime happens more often than people consider, and that Brumme has likely stolen women's attire from other homes.How can something like this be prevented? Here are tips:
- Install security cameras as part of your home security system. Not only can they trigger an alarm that sets off additional lighting and loud sounds, but they can notify the homeowner with a phone call or text message.
- Surveillance systems such as Dropcam allow the homeowner to view what's going on in the house in real time.
- The cost of a surveillance system will add value to your house. Plus, some homeowners' insurance plans give discounts if your property is equipped with a solid security system.
- A camera that's in plain sight provides a hefty deterrent to potential intruders or vandals. Imagine the peace of mind this will give you when you're away-or even at home overnight.
- And even if someone does break in while you're home, despite the video surveillance system in place, the crime will be caught on tape. This will prove invaluable in a lawsuit.