ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Local police departments are using the growing technology of smart home cameras to aid in their investigations, and help solve crimes.
On Friday, the Elmira Police Department posted a video on its Facebook page of a man allegedly stealing a bike from the porch of a home on the 7-hundred block of Linden Place. Police said it happened after the noon-hour on June 26. The video was taken from RING, a popular smart home security camera sold for around $200 on Amazon.
That wasn’t the only incident in Elmira. Keith Bacon’s son’s bike was taken Thursday night from their 5-hundred block home on 1st Street in the city. Bacon was able to capture the woman allegedly in the act at around 11:30 p.m. on his smart home camera. The video and photos were easily accessed.
“These people are taking other people’s stuff. We work hard for these things,” Bacon said.
Officials with Elmira Police said they’ve utilized the video off smart home cameras on several occasions.
“We have utilized home security cameras, and these features like the RING regularly now,” said Anthony Alvernaz, Elmira Police Department’s Captain of Detectives. “It’s something, when we go to the scene we are, actually, looking for.”
Captain Alvernaz said some of the basic smart home cameras do a phenomenal job capturing clear images.
If you have any information regarding the two above crimes, you can call the Elmira Police Department’s anonymous tip line that 271-HALT.