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How police use your home security video to catch intruders

Posted at 6:13 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 19:13:19-04

Kathy Yarbrough still sees the tire marks from where a thief spun their wheels driving away with her trailer. She knows that's what happened because she can watch it back, on multiple angles.

"I'm not going to give up," Yarbrough said. "I would like to have my trailer back. I would like to catch who did this."

Yarbrough's home has 13 security cameras, including a doorbell camera. She's one of many who have recently installed a home security camera to catch potential bad guys.

Police say those cameras are proving to be useful in solving crimes like burglaries, package thefts, and overall shady behavior. But how police use the video could depend on where you live.

Tulsa Police will use the video as a jumping-off point in an investigation. Detectives will use the evidence to place and try to identify a suspect.

Broken Arrow Police will paste the suspect's face or vehicle on social media in hopes someone will come forward with information.

Police say the investigation process itself is similar across all jurisdictions, but if you catch someone on camera, it's best to first bring it to police as soon as possible.