This kind of real-life case study helps home security companies sell video doorbells.
A homeowner in the Greenfield neighborhood on Detroit's far northwest side is glad she has one. Detroit Police tell why in a Facebook post with this scary scene, captured at her front entry after midnight this past weekend:
At approximately 1:34 a.m. [Saturday] in the 20000 block of Asbury Park, an armed suspect walked onto a porch of a residence and rang the doorbell. While waiting for a response, the suspect was captured on camera holding a firearm.
After a few seconds, the suspect attempted to cover his face with his jacket then ran off the porch, where another unknown male wearing dark clothing awaited him.
Both suspects fled towards Trojan on foot. The complainant did not know who the suspects were.
Detectives say the attempted intruder carried a high-powered gun (the dark shape at bottom right) and is a convicted felon prohibited from having weapons, Gus Burns reports at MLive. He writes:
When the suspect realized he was possibly being videotaped, police say he attempted to cover his face and fled the home's porch in the direction of a suspected accomplice. . . .
At a press conference Monday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the man is on parole for armed robbery.
The woman was home with children, MLive says. She lives three blocks south of 8 Mile Road and eight blocks east of the Southfield Freeway.
Her doorbell camera is from a company named Vivint. Its models, priced at $100 to $249, let users see who's outside from a smartphone, tablet, laptop or larger computer and talk to visitors without opening the door.
At Detroit's Eighth Precinct, investigators welcome tips -- which can be anonymous -- at (313) 596-5840, (313) 596-5800 or (800) SPEAK-UP.
-- Alan Stamm