Attention thieves, robbers and vandals: We're watching you.
Bad guys may want to think twice about committing their unlawful intentions at stores, organizations, public places and even private homes these days because chances are, they will be monitored by video surveillance.
In recent months, we've seen several cases in which authorities have been aided in their investigations by video that caught criminals in the act.
On Sunday, someone tried to break into Young's Variety Store on Main Street in Gloversville, and the suspect was captured on video. The person gained partial entrance into the back of the store but couldn't get through a door.
In another case, police arrested two teenagers in the July 8 break-in at the Gloversville Little League concession stand. The suspects' destructive entrance was documented by video.
Earlier this month, a man robbed the Five Corners Mobil gas station in Amsterdam at gunpoint. He got away, but his image was videotaped.
On New Year's Day, a man was seen on camera bashing a window at the Vishnu Music store on Main Street in Gloversville. The suspect later turned himself in.
In all of the cases, images from the surveillance were printed in the newspaper. Sometimes, videos of crime also end up on YouTube, Facebook or other online sites.
The installation of the cameras are proving effective, and today, video surveillance is affordable. Some digital systems cost less than $100.
Police departments also install video cameras on streets to help curb and solve crime. Is Big Brother watching? In some cases, yes, but video cameras are just about everywhere today, and they're an effective crime-fighting tool.