Austin woman watches burglary live via app
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating a burglary at an apartment on Parker Lane off Interstate 35 in south Austin.
Stéphane George lives in the apartment. On the afternoon of Thursday March 3, she was at work when she received a notification on her phone.
“My camera rang,” she said, referring to the app connected to her home surveillance cameras in her apartment, letting her know someone was inside.
When she opened it, she said she saw a man she didn’t recognize grab items from her living room and put them in her laundry basket.
“I pressed ‘talk’ and I was like ‘hello?'” she said. “He looked around like, ‘Whoa what was that?'”
She said she immediately called the police, left work and went home.
“By the time I got here, there were already three or four cops here,” she said.
According to iReportAustin.comburglaries fall under non-emergencies, which from October 2021 call 311 instead of 911. But this call was different, as the crime was still ongoing when she called, prompting the police to respond immediately.
“Even the police told me that I did more due diligence than a lot of other people,” she said. “I have a camera.”
Below is the full clip from the surveillance video.
The Austin Police Department said officers found signs of criminal activity upon arrival, but the suspect had left and was still investigating.
George said her camera cost $30 and she urged others to invest in one.
“I just bought a sign that said ‘Smile, you’re on camera’ as another deterrent. I’m planning on buying another outdoor camera,” she said.
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