A south Kansas City woman hopes a new security system and social media along with old-fashioned police work will help catch five men who broke into her home and stole numerous items.
The woman, who asked KCTV5 to protect her identity, believes the men are responsible for eight breaks in the Ruskin Heights area in the past two weeks.
"It's scary," the woman said. "It's violating. It's a horrible feeling."
Police tell us at least four other homes have been burglarized. They are carefully scrutinizing the victim's security video.
The woman shared the video on KCTV5's Facebook and its viewers in hopes of spreading the word. The woman hopes someone will recognize the men.
The men broke in Wednesday afternoon. They moved swiftly through her home to steal her valuables including her electronics, flat-screen television and jewelry.
"I was very shocked to see five guys rummaging through my things," she said.
She had obtained a new security system offered by Time Warner Cable called Intelligent Home.
The monthly cost is $33.99 plus taxes. The cable company offers a variety of packages for the equipment, which you must buy, that range from affordable to pricey.
But you get some incredibly cool bells and whistles with your security system. The burglary victim had Time Warner install sensors on her doors and windows that triggered cameras that recorded intruders.
She had hoped they would never be needed, but they were this week.
"The system worked," she said. "Hopefully this will get them stopped. Maybe they will think more people are getting this system and know they aren't going to get away with it."
The system triggers an alert that allows you to view real-time cameras via your smart phone, tablet or computer.
"You get to see people running through my house," she said.
Brian Guthrie of Time Warner said it is a great tool for homeowners.
"You can see what's going on live anytime from your phone or PC anywhere in the world," he said.
So did you leave that curling iron on? Stove on? The system will let you see.
And when a sensor is trip, it records five seconds before that and moving forward.
If you recognize the men in the video or think you are one of their victims, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:14:19 GMT
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