Bradenton Beach, Florida - Police have said surveillance cameras at businesses have been helping them solve crimes for years.
But what about at your own home? It's a growing trend that has taken off in the Bay area. One family says they have proof that home cameras can help catch thieves in the act.
"We have a sign [that reads], 'Nothing inside is worth dying for," says Bradenton Beach resident Darrin Wash.
Wash says anyone walking near his property should know that someone may be watching. Wash set up eight surveillance cameras after suspicious activity in his neighborhood.
So when a person decided to trespass on Wash's property last week, it was all caught on camera.
More and more people are looking into home surveillance cameras. One Bay area family says they have proof they work.
Darrin's wife Dawn says it's thanks to the camera that the trespasser is now behind bars.
"He was on our property approximately 18 minutes," says Wash.
The Washes say the cameras cost around $2,000 but after last week's incident, it's proof they're worth every penny.
"If someone's going to break into your home, they're going to watch when you leave, when you come home. We have signs all around... you can see cameras and I think that would deter it. It's peace of mind," says Wash.
You can get a surveillance camera for your home starting at just a couple hundred of dollars. A local security store says home surveillance systems are popular these days and technology has made it that even when you're not home, you can pick up the cameras right from your phone.