- Posted February 1, 2014 by
Homeowner Uses App to Catch Burglars for Police
Taking legal matters into your own hands is never advisable and is sometimes unsafe. You run the risk of getting into an altercation with someone who likely doesn't care about getting into trouble with law enforcement. For one offshore oil man in Houston, finding out that someone broke into his home led him to do something that isn't necessarily safe.
Kanidtha Walden went home to find that someone had broken into the home she shares with her husband Carl. The garage was open and someone had kicked in the back door. Instead of doing the smart thing and leaving when she noticed the door kicked in, she went into the house and saw that it was a mess. The thieves took jewelry, iPads, laptops, and televisions. Obviously, the couple didn't have a burglar alarm because the police weren't notified.
Kanidtha then did what any homeowner who saw this would do—she called 911. She waited more than two hours and never saw hide nor hair of a police officer. That is when she and her husband took matters into their own hands.
Using the built-in iPad "Find My iPhone" app and Google Earth, the couple was able to find the person who had stolen their property. Carl went to the apartment complex where the thief was. He called the local police department. In the end, two men were arrested and Carl came out of the event unharmed and in possession of his stolen property.
This story highlights the need for everyone to have a reputable and functional home security system. Had Carl and Kanidtha had a home security system, the police could have been notified when the burglary occurred. This might have saved Carl, who has a concealed weapons permit, from having to load his guns and head out in search of the people who took his stuff. Home security is a big problem in some neighborhoods. Even if you live in an upper class neighborhood, you might still become a target for thieves. Imagine the peace of mind you would have knowing that your home is always being monitored for burglars.