Crimes from the home security system caught on camera

(FOX59) — Many of us use our phones to capture moments around us. But what about those events and moments that take place outside your home? Home security cameras are becoming increasingly popular and chances are if you don’t have one, your neighbor does. In some cases, the devices help police in the area solve crimes and prosecute cases.

“I think they’re worth the cost if it puts the homeowner’s mind at ease,” said Fishers Police Chief Ed Gebhart.

This year alone, several crimes have been caught on home security cameras in Indianapolis. In one case, the suspect attempted to destroy the security camera while committing the crime.

Taquinda Duffy was sleeping at her Indianapolis home in June when her Ring camera captured a group of four men running toward her husband outside their home with handguns, a rifle and body armor. In the video, you can even hear her husband shout “don’t shoot!”

What happened a few seconds too late is even more terrifying. “He came in; he knew exactly where to go,” Duffy said. It turns out that the suspect wearing the mask with the two weapons was Duffy’s own stepson, 20-year-old Jerry Poge.

“He traumatized us; we’re still nervous, jittery and shaky from that happening,” Duffy said.

Poge is now in jail along with the other suspects in the video, who are being charged with the brutal robbery.

“Video does help the police. It does,” Chief Gebhart said.

How video can help with convictions

Chief Gebhart says every time his department gets security video for a case, it provides another level of evidence to aid in a conviction. One case in particular involved the death of K-9 officer Harlej. In 2019, the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot dead during a manhunt for two suspects.

“The Ring helped us coordinate exactly where that suspect was running from so we could find that gun he hid under a tree,” Chief Gebhart said.

The accused in the case was eventually sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to the fatal shooting of Harlej.

There are cases where video has put you in the right area, which may not be the same as the solution, but it helps speed things along. It helps us get where we need to be,” said Chief Gebhart.

If a crime happened outside your home, would you feel safe without a camera? The police say it all depends on your peace of mind.

“I think it’s a personal choice about how they feel about their house. Which helps them feel safe; so do it. It’s worth it,’ said Chief Gebhart.

If you are considering a home security camera, many models are sold. The videos in this report were all from Ring home security cameras. In 2018 Amazon bought Ring. Ring works with more than 2,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, allowing law enforcement to request access to customer video footage to aid in investigations.

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