Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
You've packed your bags, stopped your mail, and you're ready to head out for summer vacation, but before you go – have you taken steps to protect your home?
Mark Beach loves heading to his lake house for weekends, but one day, he arrived to an unexpected surprise: The house had been robbed.
"They took lawn equipment, they took sporting goods equipment. I was just mad," Beach said.
According to the FBI, there are more than two million burglaries in the U.S. each year, with the average loss of just over $2,000 per victim.
"If you're away on vacation for an extended period of time, someone may pick up on that fact and decide to come and pay you a visit," said Chris McGoey, and security consultant.
Now you can monitor your house while you're away just by picking up your smartphone. There are many new, inexpensive and even free gadgets and apps on the market to allow you to keep your house safe from thieves.
With the free Presence app, for example, you can turn an old iPhone or iPad into a home security camera, and view live stream from your current phone.
"If there's motion being detected, it can send you an alert on your phone," explained Bridget Carey, senior editor for technology website CNET.
The iCam app costs $5, but it works for Android and iPhone devices. Carey says this app taps into your computer's webcam, or multiple webcams.
CNET says smart gadgets are in high supply, too, and range from single-camera systems like Dropcam – which costs $149 and features night vision and digital zoom – to advanced, multiple-camera setups like Logitech Alert – which can detect motion, record video, and send alerts to your phone.
While high-tech devices are cheap and easy to use, McGoey says there are potential drawbacks.
"If you have a power failure, your electronic systems might fail," McGoey said. "If your internet is down, you may not be able to log on to monitor the video or activate the alarm system."
And unlike with a security system, no one is monitoring your house but you.
"You kind of have to put the burden on yourself to be able to monitor when there's an alert for a motion detection going on, be able to grab your phone and maybe call the police if you are concerned," Carey said.
As for Beach, he's considering all security options and says he's excited by technology that might save him from another theft.
"I think it's great, and I think if more people were able to use it in their house, more burglars might have to find a real day job," he said.
Security experts say the best defense against break-ins may actually be your neighbors. Let them know you'll be away, have them pick up your mail, remove flyers from your door, and put out your trash on trash day. If your home appears occupied, thieves are more likely to look elsewhere.
Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:17 GMT
The Alee Shriners and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are looking for the people who broke into a home on Quacco Road late Sunday and stole some personal items including money donated to Shriner's Children Hospital.More >>
The Alee Shriners and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are looking for the people who broke into a home on Quacco Road late Sunday and stole some personal items, including money donated to the Shriner's Children Hospital.More >>