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Chicago neighborhoods fight crime with security cameras

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Home security cameras mounted on houses are another line of defense between you and criminals. In fact, one security camera installer says even though most cameras are mounted on one house, in some communities, a large part of the block is protected.

In the middle of the day, when we think most people are at work, some criminals are watching you leave, but they're not just taking your valuables---they're stealing your sense of protection.

"Kids busting windows, break-ins, thefts," Arthur Lloyd describes several of the crimes caught on his home security cameras. "You know they're stealing rims, motorcycles you name it. They're just catching everything."

Lloyd says residents are tired of thieves and they want to protect their property and their families, so they install cameras.

"It allows the kids to play without being worried whose gonna drive down the street and do a drive-by," he says of the cameras. "We've caught several of those where we turned the video over and it's a community effort."

Lloyd says most homes in the area only need four cameras---front and back doors and on the sides of the house--but those cameras would be able to pick up criminal activity happening in other yards or blocks depending on how many cameras are on the block.

"It gives the police that extra edge to stop some of the things going on," he explains.

Earlier this year, residential cameras helped Chicago police track down the two men charged with killing honor student Hadiya Pendleton. After a number of break-ins on a block in Bronzeville, the homeowner had two dozen cameras installed. Instead of catching a theft, it video-taped nearly all of the teens running away from the park the day of the shooting.

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