Are surveillance cameras enough for home security?

- Two men broke into a Sandy Springs home and make it out with $20,000 worth of jewelry in less than four minutes. Luckily, it was all caught on camera, but police said cameras may not be enough.

"He saw the camera location and then repositioned it so they wouldn't see them leave or you couldn't get a better shot at them," said Sgt. Sam Worsham, Sandy Springs Police Department.

The men broke into the Brixham Court home 5:30 Saturday morning. Because of the cameras set up, police have a description of the people responsible.

"It gives us a lot better chance of actually catching the suspects," said Sgt. Worsham.

But it did not keep the crime from happening.

The Williams family just moved into a Marietta home. Even before spending a night at the new place they discussed security.

"It was one of the first things we talked about was to keep ourselves safe and make sure we have a security system in place," said Mandy Williams.

Joshua Holverson sets up systems for Soextronic. Along with the video surveillance and security setups he does, he said there are some other precautions you can take.

"A lot of people don't like dogs. When they hear dogs barking they tend to stay away," said Holverson. "You can actually set up lighting scenes so it actually turns lights on and off for you so you don't have to do it, it looks like someone is home."

Police said you should also get to know your neighbors and let them know when you are headed out of town.

Take pictures of your valuables. That way if they are taken and discovered they can be identified and returned. And do not leave valuables in sight of windows. This includes silver, expensive art, and jewelry.

While it is a good idea to be social with your neighbors about your travel, Williams said you should not take your travels to social media.

"I think not posting when you're out of town on social media is super important I can't tell you how many posts I see 'here we are out of town here we are the beach' clearly not in Atlanta then the whole world knows you're out of town," said Williams.

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