Burglary Surge Prompting Homeowners To Turn To Security Systems

Homeowners Looking For Motion-Triggered, Infrared Cameras

With home burglaries on the rise in Indianapolis, police said more Hoosiers are turning to surveillance systems to keep a watchful eye when they aren't able to.

Indianapolis police report more than 10,000 home burglaries so far this year; 300 more than the same period last year.

The department launched a specialized burglary task force this week in an effort to combat the rising numbers around the city.

"We're going to spend some days, maybe up to a week, in various districts, but depending on what our recent intelligence tells us," said task force member Lt. Marshall DePew. "So if somebody gives us a good lead, if we've got a good hot spot to look at, we could be just about anywhere."

Police might get some help from proactive homeowners who've already taken steps to protect their property with surveillance systems, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

The demand for surveillance systems has increased significantly in the last year, Sentinel Alarm Systems spokeswoman Kristine Graham told Rinehart.

"We've got a lot of cameras where the price point keeps coming down so it gets more and more affordable," she said. "People are more concerned about protecting themselves, their families and their homes."

Graham said homeowners are most likely to invest in motion-triggered systems, infrared cameras that can see in the dark and systems that are accessible online.

Police said privately-owned security system can help them catch criminals.

"We always like pictures; those are worth a thousand words, in more respects than one," said police crime watch coordinator Shirley Purvitis. "But also you have to look at the rest of it too. The video cameras are not the catch all. You have to do the rest that goes with it."

The new burglary task force will be given free reign for 60 days. After that, the members' progress will be evaluated by the department.