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Video security system costing $150 connected to smartphone foils home burglary

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A man from Parlin, N.J. was out at a local restaurant having dinner with his family when he received an alert on his smartphone. When 29-year-old Nisarg Swaminarayan checked the alert, it was from “the Dropcam security system which is connected to security cameras in his home.” What Swaminarayan saw next on his phone was a live video stream of a man entering his home through an unlocked sliding glass door and rooting through his belongings and gathering up his electronics.

The video camera in Swaminarayan’s home was activated by a motion sensor built into the security system. The Dropcam system also detects sound, according to a May 29 report from ABC News TV. Swaminarayan watched in disbelief as the man strolled about his darkened living room with a flashlight dangling from between his teeth. "It was the real thing and it was happening to me," the security conscious Swaminarayan said.

Included with Swaminarayan’s security system is the ability to tap into a loudspeaker system built into the video camera. After Swaminarayan shouted loudly into his phone “Get the F### out of my house Mother######,” which blared out into the living room, the alleged burglar made a quick retreat. If you watch the YouTube video, make sure the kiddies’ ears are covered. Swaminarayan used that colorful language a few times and in rapid succession.

Thanks to the video footage provided by Swaminarayan, local police from Old Bridge were able to catch up with their suspect, 22-year-old Oliver Alavez-Luengas from South Amboy, and place him under arrest. Alavez-Luengas, the alleged burglar depicted in the video, is currently residing at Middlesex County Jail on $25,000 bail.

"Luckily we saw him when we did," Swaminarayan said. ~

According to, today’s smart security systems are a “no-brainer.” And although the startup costs for the Dropcam hardware which includes night vision is in the $150 range, the Dropcam app for your phone is free.

With a relatively inexpensive investment, Swaminarayan was able to stop a potentially expensive robbery, bring the hammer of justice down on the perp, and give Dropcam some of the best PR it could hope for.

To learn more about the Dropcam security system, see the video accompanying this article.


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