Are home surveillance cameras the new thing to deter burglars? The Orlando Sentinel tells the story of Lena and Wayne Badolato, who outfitted their house with four high-tech, motion-activated security cameras that record comings and goings around the clock. The high-resolution cameras can zoom in to see a face, read a license plate, and they even can see in the dark.
There have been about 27 burglaries of homes and cars as well as one home invasion in the 100-home Orange County neighborhood since March. Requests for Neighborhood Watch programs are up. The Badolatos set out at night, patrolling their own streets, taking down license-plate numbers of vehicles that don’t belong. “I have to do something,” Wayne Badolato said. “We literally drive around at 1and 2 in the morning. I can’t sleep anyway, not when it’s getting like this.” As for security cameras, they may just prompt a thief to pick another house. The convergence of high-quality cameras at relatively low cost has put cameras in reach of the average consumer, said Bill Ablondi of Parks Associates, a technology market research and consulting firm based in Dallas: “Systems that used to cost several thousand dollars now cost several hundred.”