Big Brother Becomes Best Evidence in Investigations

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

They're everywhere you go, every day. They're watching you even when you don't realize you're being watched.

Some people worry about Big Brother invading their privacy. The upside? Video surveillance cameras are solving and preventing crimes in a very efficient manner. They can't lie, embellish, or stretch the truth.

Mitch Pitts, BCSO Investigator, says, "It makes our job a lot easier because we can rule people out, and focus on one individual or one type of individual, even if it's not a clear face shot, we get a lot out of the video to where we can narrow it down quite a bit."

Take the Carlie Brusia case. A car wash in Sarasota captured her captor on video, which led to his arrest and the recent beating of a homeless man in Ft. Lauderdale.

The source everyone was waiting for in Martin Anderson's boot camp death was the tape.

Big Brother may have his eye on you even when you're not aware, but authorities say that's the point. About 80 percent of crimes caught on tape are solved, and the higher the picture quality, the more likely an arrest will be made.

A robbery caught on video on February 4 led investigators straight to the culprit, making an arrest just this week.

Pitts adds, "That is pretty much all we had from the burglary, the surveillance footage. It was directly responsible for him getting caught."

Big Brother may be lurking, but he's providing devastating testimony to solve some of our state's most heinous crimes. One reason for the abundance of surveillance cameras is the cost. They're easy to buy, starting at about $50. The higher priced cameras will produce higher quality.


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