Smartphone Apps Capture Home Intruders and Burglars

Danny Wheeler was alerted while at work that his home had been broken into.
1:40 | 09/17/15

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consumer headline tonight that will get your attention. It happens every 13 seconds in America. And tonight, the real money team is back here with the app on your phone, one man who downloaded it and then caught the burglars in the act. ABC's Clayton Sandell is about to show you. Reporter: Danny wheeler was at work in New York City when his smartphone alerted him to two guys doing something dumb. I opened up that notification, saw that there was somebody in my house who I did not know, so, I immediately called 911. Reporter: The two burglary suspects went rummages through his stuff, going in and out of his bedroom as wheeler watched live, even sending video to the NYPD. Now they had really, really good photos of who these guys were. Reporter: The system is called canary, and sells for $250. It is one of a rapidly growing number of inexpensive do it yourself security setups. The I smart alarm goes for $199. $249 for two cameras from lorex, all helping stop break-ins without breaking your wallet. If there's an intruder in the house, this system will alert me on my smartphone and if I want to try to scare them away, just sound the alarm. But security experts say compared to more expensive high end systems with monthly fees, the do it yourself versions only cover small areas, are not monitored around the clock by an alarm company and won't call the police for you. Those burglars in wheeler's apartment were scared away, still on the lools tonight. Just makes my blood boil. Reporter: But at least captured on video. Clayton Sandell, ABC news, Denver. Clayton, thank you.

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