HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One local security company says arming your home or business with security cameras is becoming more common as time goes on.
Michele Weissman, owner of Security Vision in Myrtle Beach said with new technology being made available to homeowners and business owners today, there are many different ways you can protect yourself.
According to Weissman, there are different kinds of security. For example, a person could choose to have a company such as Security Vision monitor their home or business and alert them if anything looks off. If that's something they're not interested in, Weissman said there's always the option to monitor their home themselves.
The younger generations are more apt to go about the "do-it-yourself" kind of way, whereas older generations typically have a company monitor their home, according to Weissman.
Weissman said technology today actually allows security to get to the point where you can talk to a person who is at your home through a device without even being there.
One local business is going about the way to monitor their business themselves. Peddler's Place is a business on highway 707. The owner told WMBF news he believes someone may have taken some merchandise they buy, but they're giving them a second chance to come forward.
Dennis Gibbs, proprietor at Peddler's Place said when they came in one day, they noticed a bicycle seat was missing from their businesses front porch, so they went back and looked through their surveillance video. They said they took to social media with a photo of the person they believe took the item, but WMBF News is not going to show the post because a police report has not yet been filed.
The owners said before they file any reports, they want to give the person a chance to come forward and return the item they said is missing.
WMBF News reached out to the Horry County police enforcement who said they recommend arming your home or business with security systems and it always recommends filing a police report so they can provide support that the case may require.
Capt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said it's best to file a police report when an incident occurs because there could be evidence the homeowner or business owner is not aware of that could be important to an investigation. Additionally, if there is a crime committed against a home or business, the person who committed the crime could be involved in other incidents around the area, so as quickly as possible, law enforcement recommends any information from an incident be turned over to police.
Law enforcement officials also said immediately reporting crime helps police to monitor crimes that occur and appropriately detect and deter crimes. This also helps avoid any question by judicial authorities as to why the person who was affected waited when considering future warrant applications. Chief Kenneth Hofmann with the Surfside Beach Police Department said there have been some instances in the past when judicial authorities have declines warrant applications where they see a victim is negotiating with a suspect to return or repay losses, "equating a civil agreement being entered into."
Hofmann said the police department encourages victims of crime to report them so law enforcement can take the appropriate action to ensure a fair and impartial judicial process.