Donna and Nathan Marusamy had just tucked the kids in when one of the parents received a troubling notification on their phone. It seemed that sensors outside their home had picked up on something – and what the Marusamys saw next left them horrified. “I wish to God I hadn’t seen it unfold,” Donna later told the Birmingham Mail.
Video surveillance and closed-circuit television (CCTV) have been linchpins of crime prevention strategies for decades. Yes, from parking lots and public transport systems to college campuses and football stadiums, our civic and commercial spaces are constantly being monitored by cameras.
Once considered costly and high-tech, CCTV today is affordable and easy to install. In fact, thanks to high-speed internet connections, devices can now even stream footage straight to your phone. However, surveillance cameras don’t necessarily deter intruders. And as the experiences of the Marusamys show, you may be frightened by what you see.