The story and pictures in the Fiji Sun on 17/10 about a suspect who was caught on CCTV camera doing a burglary at a home in Lautoka will definitely boost the sale of these cameras and increase the need of having a security alarm system. We are told that the CCTV camera costs $3000, which in this case, led to the quick arrest of the house break-in suspect.
We are told that these so-called thieves are getting very smart these days and I guess the one that got caught must have been desperate because he took off his hat which showed his face, and he was not observant to spot the installed cameras. One reason people put out signs which read ‘Beware of Dogs’ was to warn the would-be thieves that they may be bitten by a savage dog if they break in with the intention of stealing. Some households have these warnings even when they do not own a dog. From this story, one can see the benefit of having a CCTV camera installed without placing a warning sign outside the house saying that the home is installed with CCTV cameras. Had the burglar known, he would probably have dressed himself in a clown suit or wore a mask. What if a burglar turned the lights off at night and used a flashlight to rumble through a house? Would the CCTV camera make a definite identification of the suspect? When the suspect broke open the burglar grill to enter the house, did that spark an alarm with the security company that installed the CCTV camera, or is it just like a video recorder, which needed to be played back to catch the suspect? These so-called thieves are getting smarter and much more organised and those who need to have a security system for their homes or business, need to install s system that is steps ahead of these criminal minds.