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13.4. Gathering Evidence

Obviously, your first priority is to get an intruder away from your house and to keep yourself, your family, and your belongings safe. However, after everyone is out of danger, you should notify the police so that they can take steps to identify the intruder. You can help the police out by gathering evidence for them. First, you should record the feedback from your sensors—simply knowing the exact time an intruder opened your window can be very useful. Second, you can record visual information about the intrusion. Captured video of the intruder can be useful for identifying the intruder, and may even be used as evidence if the case goes to trial.

Many security systems have a significant weakness when it comes to recording evidence because they store the video on-site. A skilled thief who has a few minutes to spare will follow the video cable from a camera to a VCR, and steal the VCR, too. This section will describe how to record evidence and automatically ship it off-site, so that you won't lose important evidence if your computer is stolen.


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