ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Security technology companies in Albany report that sales of surveillance camera systems for homeowners are skyrocketing.
People want the latest technology for peace of mind against crime.
Recently a Lake Park resident caught a man on video stealing money from his truck at 4:00 in the morning.
In another case a man noticed his grill was missing from his farm. He checked his surveillance camera system to see what happened.
"You know exactly what transpired. That it was a Ford Crew Cab two tone pickup truck, with a Diamondbright tool box on the back, that has stickers on the back window," said Invision Technologies Partner and Chief Business Developer Jay Carpenter.
Two of the biggest security companies in Albany both report that homeowners more and more are installing surveillance cameras in and around their homes.
"They are wanting to see exactly what happened," explained Central Monitoring Service Manager Corey Lee.
Another new technology pushing home video surveillance systems, is the ability to access those cameras through your smart phones, wherever you are.
"With the phone capability, and you know you can pull it up anywhere with the Internet," said Lee. "I think that is just really drawing attention to it, making people want to install these."
And with phone video alerts police have more instant information about crimes.
"Not only that we are recording what's going on, but we are alerted to an event that is going on outside," Carpenter said. "To give our authorities a better chance to put the hounds on the trail faster, so to speak."
Security companies say more people want to not only see what happened, but have a chance to help police catch crooks. And they think this new technology gives them a better chance to secure their homes.
Many South Georgia homeowners are installing surveillance cameras, because of price and quality.
Dealers say a quality system installed in your home with your alarm system will run between $1,500 hundred to $5,000, depending on the number of cameras and location.
Also the quality of the cameras and the video they produce is much better. Especially in the dark of night.
Both Invision and Central Monitoring say many of their customers buy alarm and video surveillance systems after they have been victimized by crime.
Police and Prosecutors in Dougherty County recommend video surveillance systems to aid in arrests and prosecution.