Smart Phone App Protects Your House From Home Invasion

Surveillance cameras linked to personal devices allow users to monitor their home from afar and capture thieves in the act.
1:34 | 08/02/15

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Imagine coming home late at night, finding a strange car in the driveway and your house lights on. What do you do? The first thing one man in Utah did was grab his smartphone. As ABC's Karen Travers reports, yes, there is an app for this, too. Hello? Reporter: That's a woman walking into the front door of Brian ways' Salt Lake City home. He's watching her remotely through a security camera. He doesn't know her, but she acts like she knows him. Brian? Reporter: The woman later identified as 38-year-old kista Dennett, cooperating when police arrive. Owner says you don't belong in here. Step this way. Okay. Reporter: Forget asking your neighbor to keep an eye on your home while you're away. Now there's a wide range of options for a greater sense of security. Surveillance systems accessed through a phone or computer. Some even have a speaker, allowing this homeowner to yell at the thief himself. Get the Out of my house! I simply told him, hey, you know I can see you. Just, please leave my home. Reporter: It's not just installed security cameras that catch criminals in the act. Sometimes thieves are busted after they've fled the scene, their images captured on smartphones and later accessed through online data storage systems. Like this guy, who stole an iPhone and accidentally recorded a video of himself. The owner later finding it on the cloud and turning it over to police. As for Brian ways, he's installing another camera in his home. It's great, I mean, it's worth every penny. Reporter: Another homeowner taking remote control for more peace of mind. Karen Travers, ABC news, Washington.

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