What can your Forest Security Video Doorbell do for you, other than announce who is at your front door? How about stop an attempted burglary!
On Thursday, April 18th, in west suburban Riverside, a burglary was stopped in its tracks, thanks to a video doorbell. The homeowner watched his video cam feed as the would-be intruder tried to pry open his front door and called the police to report a break-in in progress.
Riverside police arrived at the scene located in the 300 block of Robinson Court, in under 10 minutes and found the would-be burglar walking along the Burlington Northern Railroad tracks.
The homeowner did not press charges since the suspect never actually entered the home. The suspect who was found in a highly intoxicated state, was taken to MacNeal Hospital and treated for alcohol overdose.
“If there was ever a video or event that displays how video doorbell systems are an important device in assisting in police investigations, and in this case preventing a burglary, this video would be it,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said. “While the homeowner ultimately did not want to criminally prosecute, there’s no question that a crime was averted because of the video doorbell system and the immediate reporting of this incident to Riverside police.”
Original Report By: Sam Kelly / Chicago Sun-Times
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