How helpful is it? Baldwin Co. officers using more home surveillance to solve crimes

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BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — As the trend suspects stealing from cars on the Eastern Shore continues, so does the way those crimes are being captured: on home surveillance systems.

Police in Daphne are currently using residential camera footage to try and track down a person they believe stole guns out of cars.

Meanwhile, similar cameras in the surrounding neighborhoods, as well as Fairhope, have caught criminals in the act.

But that video isn’t always clear. So while the footage shows a crime happening, it doesn’t always give a clear indication of who’s to blame.

News 5 asked Lt. Clint Cadenhead with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office how effective that video is with tracking down suspects.

“It’s a force multiplier. When you combine that with the social media that’s out there now, you can get good video and put it out there, a lot of times we’re gonna get information off of that,” he said.

He says home surveillance video in two separate Belforest communities last month helped them identify the suspects. They’re not releasing the suspects’ names yet, however, because they’re currently in custody in Mobile on separate charges.

And in Fairhope, video captured on a Ring doorbell system led to an arrest the next day.

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