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How to catch a thief

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's violating, stressful, and can put your entire world in shambles for weeks. Many of you know the agony that comes with being a burglary victim. You've probably wondered what are the best security systems and cameras to give yourself a little peace of mind? KHQ did the digging and consulted the experts to find out what you can do to up your chances of catching a thief.

South Hill homeowner Eric Klamper loves pretty much everything about our town.

"It's about living in a community where you can trust your neighbors," he said.

But he admits, it's not all roses.

"I know pretty much everyone has a story," he said.

He's referring to a story of property crime. Burglaries continue to plague neighborhood after neighborhood.

"Particularly this time of the year," Eric said.

It's something that's driven him to look into how to protect his hard earned stuff. Eric thought he had the basics covered, but learned there are still many areas he can improve his home security.

Enter Total Security's Mike Crouse.

"Being murdered in our homes, that's slim to none, but being burgled is a high possibility," Mike said.

That's why there's such a market in Spokane for home security cameras. But where's the best spot for you to set them up if your family really wants to catch a thief? It's not above the door, or on top of your garage. It's right on your doorbell! This angle provides the perfect view of the suspect's face and clothing. Mike said the overwhelming majority of crooks ring your doorbell or knock before busting in, only adding to the appeal of a doorbell camera.

And there's more.

"If someone does come up there, you can talk to them," Mike said. "They don't know if you're inside or not. You always let them believe you're on the inside."

That's right, those with doorbell camera systems get an alert when someone's there. They can talk to whoever is there, and they can talk back. Mike said there's no better time to protect yourself than now as Christmas approaches.

"We have tons of stuff delivered from Amazon," Mike said. "We can make sure no one follows that truck to our house and picks up that package."

A simple google search of doorbell cameras brings up several options, starting around $120. Mike says self-installation will also help you save.

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