The Tech Trap | A growing trend of surveillance technology in neighborhoods
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Technology keeps evolving. Cameras of different shapes and sizes are all around us. Tracking devices are simpler to use. Security experts say with a growing sense of fear and mistrust people are turning to gadgets to make them feel safe.
Electronic gadgets - we are now a society that can't live without them. Everywhere we turn they are there. Sometimes visible ... sometimes not. And adjusting to their presence is changing lives.
Brett Fox is the owner of a Spy Gadget store in Las Vegas. He’s seen an increase in customers wanting the latest technology in surveillance and spying.
"A lot of people are saying yeah man there is something missing in our house and things go missing all the time. We don't know if people are misplacing it or someone is coming in,” said Fox.
It's exactly the situation one man - who did not want to be identified - is going through.
"I got a recorder - microphone recorder,” said the unidentified man.
The man says he's putting a recording device in his master bedroom closet to see if he can pick up the voices of people he believes are possibly stealing from him.
"I wanted to know who is in my apartment when I'm not there since I'm gone from there a couple days out of the time,” he said.
GPS trackers are also becoming more and more popular. They can pinpoint the exact location where a person is - it’s a device usually attached underneath a car. Fox says untrusting spouses and parents often use the trackers.
"It’s seasonal,” said Fox. “Right now seems to be the time of GPS ... so there are a lot of people putting GPS."
But by far, Fox says home camera surveillance is at the top of everyone’s must-have list. Homeowners want to protect their property from thieves.
"Lo and behold, today, this is as small as they come,” said Fox. “You could see that camera is quite a bit smaller.”
Fox says people are using cameras today to catch the bad actions of others. From an employee stealing or a problem neighbor to an abusive caregiver or a thief stealing packages from a doorstep, he says people today feel the need to set their own tech traps targeting suspected criminals.
"We live in some troubled times, so there's lots of people who need the surveillance stuff,” said Fox.
However, criminals have also discovered these advanced technologies.
Last year, officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested an Airbnb rental owner, Chris Rogers, after he was caught having placed cameras in rooms to record people who rented his property. The surveillance recorded his renters in the nude - and at times they thought were private.
Overall, LVMPD says home surveillance has come a long way in helping them solve crimes.
"When this becomes important with police is when we have those break-ins and we have thefts that occur on property. What it allows our officers to do is gather that info but we do have surveillance of the individuals,” said LVMPD Officer Larry Hadfield.
For customers like one man, easy access to surveillance technology has given him peace of mind.
"If I hear anything beside a female voice or if I hear conversations going on about me or do me harm - take more my stuff - I'll have what I need,” said the unidentified man.