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Thief Caught in Act Using Couple’s iPhone App

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The Miracle of Modern Technology

I am never ceased to be amazed when I hear about the amazing things that new technologies can do.  True, there are problems with technology, too, like the serious issue of texting while driving.  However, one story showed how the Apps on our phones can be of more use than playing another addictive round of “Candy Crush”.  A Washington couple saw a robbery occurring in real-time in their home while away on vacation and saved themselves thousands of dollars in stolen items.

Camera Meant for New Puppy Catches Thief in Act

Melissa (who did not want her last name used) was on vacation with her husband in Sun Valley, Idaho when she received an alert on her iPhone on July 7 that there was movement in her home.  Melissa says that she and her husband initially purchased the $150 Dropcam camera to install in their garage to keep an eye on a new puppy.  The camera was linked to a WiFi connection which was linked to an application on the couple’s iPhones.  The App allowed the couple to watch as the burglar was caught live on camera perusing their valuable items stored inside the garage.

Woman Called Police; Burglar Made Clumsy Escape

Melissa immediately called her neighbor who was in charge of the dogs while the couple was away and warned her not to go into the house.  The neighbor thought she was joking at first, but Melissa quickly convinced her that she was serious and to immediately call 911.  After the neighbor called 911, police quickly arrived on the scene just as the burglar was making his escape.  In his attempts to flee, he dropped all of the items he had collected, saving Melissa and her husband thousands of dollars in stolen goods.  Police recommend that homeowners do all they can to protect themselves and their homes–especially utilizing new technology that can help nab criminals.