Man watches his home being robbed on his iPhone

The A.P. is reporting the story of a Dallas man who went out of town to visit relatives 1400 miles away in Hartford, Conn. While he was there he got an alert from his iCam app running on his iPhone that motion had been detected in the house — which turned out to be two intruders trying to get in, and eventually throwing a brick through a glass door to gain access.

He called 911 and the next motion alert he received was the arrival of police officers with guns drawn. It isn’t clear from the story if the burglars got away with any loot, but certainly iCam did work and relayed the message to the owner of the house.

We’ve reviewed iCam before. I use it to keep an eye on the house and pets when I’m away, and for the cost of US $4.99 plus a couple of webcams it really is a great low-cost security system. The software can be set to take a rapid series of still photos when motion is detected, so the police should get some shots of the burglars to help make a case when and if they nab them.

[via the Dallas Morning News]

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