cereal box hidden cameraGPS trackers, hidden cameras, and surveillance systems are part of the day-to-day for us here at BrickHouse Security; but they never stop being a source of entertainment, mainly because of the coterie of criminals, animals and bizarre paranormal phenomena that are continually captured. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest cases.

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Kathy’s Law Passed – Restraining Orders to be Strengthened with GPS Tracking

San Diego’s state assembly committee has passed a bill that would place GPS tracking devices on domestic violence offenders. The bill is named for Kathy Scharbarth, who was strangled outside her home last year by an ex-boyfriend a few days after she obtained a restraining order against him. Had the restraining order been enforced and monitored via a GPS tracker, Kathy would still be alive today. This bill also orders the tracked offender to pay all GPS service fees.

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After a series of break-ins in Hockley, Birmingham, UK that all seemed to be carried out by the same serial burglar, local authorities decided not to leave his arrest up to chance and to instead set a trap. We’re not sure exactly how the police knew that this trap would work or just how quickly it would catch the crook, but it sure did get the job done.

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Emile Pratt Jr., a 28-year old Sharon, Pa. man had successfully robbed a jewelry store of about 100 pieces and sold them to various pawn shops across Pennsylvania. He was in the clear and could have most likely remained free, but the money from the heist wasn’t enough, and he decided he wanted to get more from the store.

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gestolen-iphoneOver the weekend, burglars in Belgian used a ladder to climb onto the roof of a warehouse in Willebroek, Belgium, cut a hole in the roof, and stole $3 million worth of iPhones. That’s a lot of iPhones.

The crime is believed to be the largest iPhone heist to date. Considered an inside job, the hole in the roof was made directly over where the iPhones were located, suggesting that the thieves had prior knowledge of where the phones were stored. The warehouse was American owned and was holding phones to be transferred to Mobistar, Apple’s exclusive Belgian carrier. “We have the serial numbers of the stolen iPhones block[ed] anyway so they cannot be used,” said Verdoodt (Google translation). But because Belgium is one of only three countries in Europe that sells iPhones without a SIM-lock, that would not prevent the thieves from fencing them for use on another carrier’s network.

There is some disagreement as to how many phones were actually stolen, ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 phones with a street value close to 2 million euros or 3 million USD. Despite the great loss, Patti Verdoodt, a Mobistar spokesperson, stated that the company has been notified and assures that they will receive a new shipment in time for the holiday season.

(Via CNN)

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0224_audrina_videoWhen Lindsay Lohan and Audrina Patridge’s homes were robbed, both police and the actresses themselves turned to high tech video surveillance for clues. Posting the surveillance videos onto YouTube and their personal blogs, cops hoped to bring in a suspect.

Thanks YouTube, it worked! According to the LAPD, eighteen-year-old Nicholas Prugo was arrested for the alleged burglary of BOTH Lindsay Lohan and “Hills” star Audrina Patridge. The case is currently being investigated by the LAPD, where the suspect is being held on $20,000 bail.




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(Via Access Hollywood)

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lindsay-lohanActress Lindsay Lohan has had her home in Hollywood Hills Los Angeles, burglarized. It has been reported that besides a safe that had been ripped out of the wall, only a few watches were missing. The Los Angeles police have made no official arrest and are still investigating the house. Lindsey Lohan’s father Michael Lohan said he believed it was an “inside job” as the house alarm systems were left off the night of the robbery.

The celebrity news website TMZ also sited an unidentified source that stated three men were seen on the security cameras breaking into Lohan’s home. Luckily the actress was not home at the time and no one was hurt during the burglary. According to Diana Lohan, Lindsay’s mother, they discovered that the front door was off the hinges and that its handles had been removed.

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