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Surveillance installers talk cameras after video helps lead to arrest

A woman was arrested Monday after being caught on home surveillance footage stealing a package from a front porch. That victim credits his surveillance system. Today, we’re talking with professional installers about how they work and why they’re worth the investment.

Nipomo resident Kevin Beck says if it wasn’t for his camera system, there never would’ve been an arrest and his birthday package for his son would be long gone.

36-year-old Monica Menchaca of Arroyo Grande was arrested just after our 5 pm newscast aired the video. She is being charged for the theft and was under the influence of a controlled substance when arrested.

When Beck’s Lego set for his son never arrived on Tuesday, Beck got curious and checked out his surveillance system – to find this Menchaca making some rounds near his Nipomo home in a white Volkswagon Passat.

She then boldly gets out of the car and after hesitating a couple times, she goes for it, snatching up the package.

Smith’s Alarms & Electronics out of Santa Maria is talking with KCOY 12 Central Coast News earlier today.

“Protecting yourself, your family, your assets, you really can’t put a price on your family’s safety, there’s things you can replace but at the end of the day it’s your family that’s the most important part,” Smith’s Alarms & Electronics installer Cameron Smith said.

Smith says the surveillance system starts with a hard drive, that’s connected to low voltage wiring that then goes to each camera and often times can be accessed remotely from anywhere on your phone, tablet or computer – from anywhere in the world – as long as you have internet.

“People want to see their dog, they want to be able to see what their animals are up to while they’re on vacation or away,” Smith said.

Smith says these cameras can deter crime from happening in the first place.

“The best way to think about your security is like an onion, the more layers you have in that onion for that security apparatus, the better off you’re going to be,” Smith said.

And that victim, Kevin Beck, who had his son’s birthday package stolen – well, he’s glad he had that “onion.”

“Best investment, go out and get cameras,” theft victim Kevin Beck said.

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