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Serial Burglar Caught on Webcam

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the watch-what-you're-doing dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 561

Metatron writes "The BBC is reporting about a serial burlgar caught after images recorded by a webcam were automatically emailed to an outside server. The evidence was made available to the police even though the computer itself had been stolen! This is also discussed on the victims own web site and the local newspaper in Cambridge." From the article: "I was relieved it did what I'd intended it to when I was burgled again. It was nice to catch him in the act - but it didn't stop him from stealing my things."

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British Court system is FAST! (5, Interesting)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699326)

For those that don't RTFA, the burgler broke into his flat on Feb 4th, 2005 ... and was sentenced 11 days later on Feb 15; the Brit's don't mess around!

Note that the Slashdot "Nothing for you to see here. Please move along." certainly doesn't apply here ...

P.S. Here's my lighthearted "webcam" pictures of a man who vandelized my christmas lights snowman ;-) [komar.org]

Re:British Court system is FAST! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699378)

There most certainly is something to see here: FREE PORN!

http://www.grisby.org/art/figure/single/index.html [grisby.org]

Haha.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (1)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699384)

the burgler broke into his flat on Feb 4th, 2005 ... and was sentenced 11 days later on Feb 15; the Brit's don't mess around!

If the US Court System had a case with similar evidence, I doubt it would take them more than a couple of weeks, either. This is for two reasons: Our system of law borrows heavily from the English system; and this is purely a case of burglary. It is not something complex, like corporate fraud.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (0, Offtopic)

Sandor at the Zoo (98013) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699429)

For those that don't RTFA, the burgler broke into his flat on Feb 4th, 2005 ... and was sentenced 11 days later on Feb 15; the Brit's don't mess around!

Yeah, but if the guy who set up the webcam had actually been in the house and tried to stop the burglar, he'd be the one in jail, at least until recently.

It looks like someone hit Britain with a clue stick, finally. UK law lets homeowners kill intruders [ninemsn.com.au]

Re:British Court system is FAST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699500)

? Nothing's changed here. The law stands as it always has done.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (5, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699522)

Yeah, but if the guy who set up the webcam had actually been in the house and tried to stop the burglar, he'd be the one in jail, at least until recently.

Only if he'd, say, tied him up and set fire to him, or shot him dead when he was running away.

You are allowed to use reasonable force to repel intruders, and always have been.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699620)

That's why its important to make sure your reasonable force kills them dead. That way it's not your word against theirs.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (2, Insightful)

DanBrusca (197887) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699545)

That's not the case. We've always been able to use 'reasonable force' to deal with burglars. The law hasn't changed at all.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (1)

paganizer (566360) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699630)

In Kentucky, we are allowed to use reasonable force, also.
And, to date, we still have the tools (firearms) to do so.
AT my Tennessee house, direct quote from the deputy last summer: "try to make sure the rounds don't hit the neighbors houses. Oh, and if he falls out the door, make sure to drag him back in before you call us".

Re:British Court system is FAST! (1)

radish (98371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699575)

I think you're the one in need of a cluestick. The law allows you to use whatever force is needed to prevent the criminal committing the crime, but no more. If someone tries to steal your TV, then stabbing them with a kitchen knife is not allowed - it's an over reaction. If they come at you with a knife - then you can do what the hell you like.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699644)

"If someone tries to steal your TV, then stabbing them with a kitchen knife is not allowed - it's an over reaction."

100% correct, but would kicking him in the nuts count as an overreaction?

Re:British Court system is FAST! (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699659)

Arguably the law in the UK, that you can use force to defend yourself and your property, is OK it's just that the judges were interpreting it in a rather strict way. The current 'change' is just a directive from the politicians to make them stop doing it.

After the Tony Martin case, there was a proposal to amend the law so that you could use force unless it was "grossly disproportionate", the implication that pretty much anything goes, but that was rejected. Pity really, I liked the idea of a bunch of lawyers trying to work out if sharkpits, killer robots and homemade landmines were grossly disproportionate and thus illegal rather than just disproportonate.

http://www.chavscum.co.uk/forum/archive/index.php/ t-3455.html [chavscum.co.uk]

Re:British Court system is FAST! (3, Informative)

R.Caley (126968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699486)

For those that don't RTFA, the burgler broke into his flat on Feb 4th, 2005 ... and was sentenced 11 days later on Feb 15; the Brit's don't mess around!

The guy plead guilty, so the whole thing would have been shoved through fast by agreement with both sides.

For stats nerds: the average is 66 days [dca.gov.uk] , 57 for non-jury cases.

Re:British Court system is FAST! (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699604)

The Brits also don't use the apostrophe to make a plural. I mean, if you're gonna write Brit's, why don't you write picture's?

It's a good thing we're not British, 'cuz I'd send your ass to jail for that!

11 months??? (2, Insightful)

yog (19073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699616)

He had over 13 previous convictions for theft and this time, caught red handed, he got a whole 11 months. I would say, fast justice is not as good as fair justice. This idiot should be put away for a few years at least.

11 months is practically a slap on the wrist.

Anyway, I want that guy's webcam software. ;)

Re:British Court system is FAST! (1)

arivanov (12034) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699643)

It is not a question of messing or not messing around.

1. The burglar did not have a decent lawyer and was a prime example of genuine stupidity

2. I suspect that the victim did not have his cameras registered and signposted according to the data protection act and the rules for applying it. Now, it was the guy private residence so there is a question if the rules apply, but IANAL so I would rather not get there. I strongly suspect that the defence did not take any advantage of the fact and if it took and pressed it though the burglar would have been drinking a pint in the Baker's Arse and planning the next run.

3. The interesting bit here is that the system used is likely to have been GNU Motion (which means the machine running linux). He even left the thing running in debug mode where it shows the rectangle where the motion was picked up.

At least (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699336)

he did not undress

Re:At least (0)

kent, knower of all (47897) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699541)


Officer -- The pornographic images that you found on my computer got there because someone broke into this guy's flat, took their clothes off, and started acting in a lewd manner. The computer captured this on the webcam and mailed the pictures to me.

Honest, Officer. That's just the way it happened!

He got me (5, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699342)

I was a victim of a Serial burglar once. I didn't have breakfast for four months because of him... /*rimshot*/

Re:He got me (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699362)

ZING!

Re:He got me (5, Funny)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699399)

You think that's bad? A serial burglar stole my XP serial number and now I can't validate Windows!

Re:He got me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699405)

I had to buy a uSB Palm Pilot after a Serial burglar visited me :(

Re:He got me (0, Offtopic)

RangerRick98 (817838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699450)

I was a victim of a Serial burglar once. I didn't have breakfast for four months because of him

Aye...they're always after me Lucky Charms!

Re:He got me (5, Funny)

skubeedooo (826094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699476)

A serial burglar stole my entire legit CD & DVD collection, but left behind the hard disk full of mp3 'backup copies' behind. For some reason the RIAA/MPAA don't believe me.

But it's true I tell you!

Re:He got me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699492)

Serial Burglar pictures? How dull! I want to see pictures of a parallel burglar.

Re:He got me (-1, Offtopic)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699552)

I was a victim of a Serial burglar once. I didn't have breakfast for four months because of him..


Oh, that's just bulgur!! Get oat, eh! Wheat the heck are you trying to do. :-P

Re:He got me (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699649)

Silly rabbit! Trix are for kids.

Someone on Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699357)

Used to have a journal entry about catching a burglar on their webcam. Wish I could remember who it was though.

Re:Someone on Slashdot (1)

tehshen (794722) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699371)

I'm not sure if it was a journal entry but I remember this [brendangrant.com] if it is what you mean

Serial burglar at 19... (4, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699360)

It doesn't say a whole lot (and the victim agrees) when a serial burglar who had been imprisoned for burglary before and who was out on bail for yet another attempt only gets 11 months in prison.

At 19 years old with several prior convictions and now this and they think that it will rehabilitate him to stick him in prison for another year?

Glad that this guy was able to quickly solve his case (sad that he had to pay the price once before years ago) and get this guy behind bars but I'm sure it won't stop someone else from being burglarized by this guy again. :(

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699388)

I'm sure it won't stop someone else from being burglarized by this guy again. :(
What then? 2 years? 5? Off with his head? Whatt is going to rehabilitate him?

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1)

Wordsmith (183749) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699417)

I'm pretty sure "off with his head" would prevent further burglaries. It just might also prevent other things while you're at it.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (-1, Troll)

Threni (635302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699431)

Presumably he needs the money for a drug habit. That's the most common reason. Perhaps legalising drugs so people don't need to rob and steal to pay for them would solve the problem? You don't see people committing crime very often to pay for sugar, coffee etc, nor do you for alcohol or tobacco.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699549)

People don't *need* to rob and steal for drugs at all. That's the basic premise of your argument, and it's fatally flawed.

They rob and steal because they *want* money for drugs. Not because they *need* it.

All legalising 'hard' drugs is going to do is generate a lot of useless people who will still end up robbing and stealing for their drugs, no matter how little they cost.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (-1)

N3WBI3 (595976) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699567)

Im sorry where in the article did it say he was doing it for drug money?

I'm not usually this sarcastic... (4, Insightful)

benhocking (724439) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699578)

You're a genius! If we legalize drugs, there will never be another reason to commit crimes. All crimes can be tracked to this single cause! Cop killers - the cops were trying to keep them away from their inalienable right to get loaded. Wife beaters - because drugs are illegal, the perpetrators needed some other way to amuse themselves. We should all sign a petition to make drugs legal immediately!

Sigh. OK, now seriously - is there any evidence behind your first claim or any data to back up your second claim, or is this just a dead horse that you're fond of beating?

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (0, Offtopic)

I8TheWorm (645702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699636)

Here's a newsflash. If drugs were legalized, they would still be potentially addictive, and still cost money. Sugar, coffee, and tobacco don't usually lead to behavior that causes one to lose their job. Alcohol, on the other hand, sometimes does, especially when the person becomes addicted.

I really can't see how legalizing drugs would keep people from 1) becoming addicted, 2) losing jobs because of their addiction, and 3) resorting to stealing because they can't find work.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1)

mc6809e (214243) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699557)

What then? 2 years? 5? Off with his head? Whatt is going to rehabilitate him?

An ass-kicking.

Oh wait. That's not civilized.

Being civilized means the uncivilized get to walk all over us.

Perhaps Ward Churchill [frontpagemag.com] can help us understand why Mr Grisby deserved to be robbed.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (4, Insightful)

cliffski (65094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699571)

don't forget on average he will serve only half his sentence. So even if he factors in the odd 8 months inside (full bed and board) given breaking into houses or a minimum wage job hes probably behaving rationally.
Given the threat of 5 years seriously hard labour in prison with no TV, no radio, nothing but basic food water and a cell would he be as likely to break in again? I know I wouldn't.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (4, Insightful)

lucabrasi999 (585141) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699585)

Whatt is going to rehabilitate him?

I do agree with your sentiment on this issue. But, in this case:

Police eventually tracked down Park, who has 33 previous convictions of theft, to Kingsway Flats in Cambridge where he tried to escape by climbing over the balcony on February 10.

The guy has 33 convictions. Is there a point where rehabilitations can even work?

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (2, Insightful)

Kjella (173770) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699602)

Well, speaking from a country which has even less sentences for crime:

The only thing that can rehabilitate him is the desire to change.

Far too many here are so busy "rushing" them back to society, only to find out that when they do get out, they go back in the old habits regardless of the choices. Why? There was no punishment the last time. There's a path of lawfulness and a path of crime, and all the did was bring you back to the crossroad. It doesn't help that prison is basicly a decent hotel, except you can't leave the premises. I know students who almost lived that way voluntarily, think EQ addicts or similar, except you don't have to waste time working or cooking.

11 months is more than long enough. But I would like him to know how much other people have worked to earn the money to buy what he stole. Have him work in prison, but get nothing in return. That's what he's been putting other people through. Even a sociopath would get the picture when it happens to himself.

Kjella

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699401)

"burglarized"

burgled.

The word you are looking for is burgled.

There is no such word as burglarized.

A burglar burgles.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (4, Informative)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699430)

See here [m-w.com] .

Looks good to me.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (0, Offtopic)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699518)

Do you do this for other perfectly good verbs?

Do American thieves thieverize?
Do American rapists raperize?
Does American pirates indulge in piratisation?

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (0)

pboulang (16954) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699638)

Hell, we even verberize nouns. . .

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (-1, Offtopic)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699462)

Much as I hate it, burglarize [reference.com] is an accepted term in the US.

'Burglarize' makes me think of stuff like this... (3, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699656)

Them that there varmints with their goin' around burglarizing honest folks houses.... it's making a mockery of the judiciarialary system

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699513)

Then you'd better tell the people at Merriam-Webster, as it seems they disagree:
burglarize [m-w.com]

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (5, Funny)

Trigun (685027) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699514)

but a hamburglar doesn't hamburgle, he robbles.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1)

Scarblac (122480) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699433)

How many years would rehabilitate him, you believe? 2? 4? 10? life?

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1, Insightful)

slashrogue (775436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699472)

Yeah, but when's the last time sending someone to jail meant actual attempts at rehabilitating those kinds of criminal tendencies (in this case, burglary)? Just throwing someone in jail isn't going to make them "wise up" or whatever. Without actually attempting to make changes, we won't see any.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (0)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699528)

For a guy of 19, he sure looks like his hair disappearing quickly!

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (2, Interesting)

Peeteriz (821290) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699530)

Repeated crimes should be treated completely differently than first-time offenders.

People who have already been given four or five chances to reform, but still commit violent crimes have shown that they will NOT reform.

Such criminals can screw up the lives of a hundred other people, and then they are let go and go on and hurt a dozen more before they get caught - is this acceptable ?

There is a need to protect the innocent from them - so they must be permanently isolated from society. The only options are life inprisonment (in jail or psychiatric clinic), death penalty, and exile (as was done earlier, them being sent to Australia, for example). Anything else, and more people get hurt.

In my area a while ago a woman was brutally raped and murdered. Soon after that the murderer was caught - he had been convicted six times already - once for theft, four times for robberies, and once for rape.

I cannot help but think that those who pass laws, allowing such light penalties to hardened criminals, must take responsibility for this woman's death.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1)

Tx (96709) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699532)

Yep, I think we in the UK need something like the "three strikes" policy which I think happens in the US. Once an offender has been imprisoned more than once for an offence, and demonstrated that a short sentence is no deterrent for him/her, there needs to be some greater sanction automatically applied.

Re:Serial burglar at 19... (1)

nharmon (97591) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699631)

Many of us in the U.S. are opposed to the "three strikes" rule. Typically, a person convicted of a violent crime for the 3rd time, gets life. And it's not uncommon that those on their 3rd chance will go to drastic measures (up to and including murder) to prevent themselves from being caught again.

Note to self... (5, Funny)

Traegorn (856071) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699365)

Note to self: Next time, wear a mask.

*giggle* (0)

wviperw (706068) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699367)

"I was relieved it did what I'd intended it to when I was burgled again."

Tee hee, he said "burgled."

/me prepares for onslaught of non-US posters explaining why burgled is technically correct

Re:*giggle* (-1, Offtopic)

miu (626917) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699439)

burh, burg, burgle, burgled.

Looks pretty straightforward to me.

Re:*giggle* (0, Offtopic)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699463)

Right. We Americans all know the proper term is "burlgerificationized."

Re:*giggle* (-1, Offtopic)

madprof (4723) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699473)

OK, off-topic, but is there some other way of saying it?

Re:*giggle* (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699520)

The American way of saying it is 'burglarized'.

*shudder*

It's not even laugh worthy, it is just sad.

Re:*giggle* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699556)

Yes. Now go watch cricket. I hear one of the pitchers bowled a sticky wicket right after rolling a wicket googlie.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go dispose of some superfluous u's. Color! Armor! Honor! Valor! Vigor! Vapor! Weeeeeee! (Oh, and it's Zee, not Zed! And it's LEUtenant, not LEFtenant!)

Re:*giggle* (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699617)

Is that from your one man show: "Winston Churchill, we hardly knew ye"?

Re:*giggle* (0, Offtopic)

aboynoir (735586) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699543)

Yes.

His ass got straight ROBBED.

Re:*giggle* (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699561)

"when the thieving cunt nicked my stuff"

might not be suitable for newspapers though.

infos ? (3, Interesting)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699368)

could we have some more info about his setup, including the cost, ease of installation... whatever he'd need to have the pics automatically posted to one of these googlemail (at least the GB of storage could be justified) accounts ?

Re:infos ? (2, Interesting)

Skye16 (685048) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699423)

I'm actually not so sure it was emailed. At the beginning, in the article, they state a few times over that it was mailed to an address.

Down at the bottom, where it says how he did it, it says "That program instructs the computer to grab photos from the video camera - up to five stills per second - and then send them over the internet to a webpage where they are stored for viewing. " They may not be emailed at all - this just might be some stupid journalist (or journalist dumbing things down for the stupid reader) "helping" to explain how it happened.

Re:infos ? (1)

The_Mr_Flibble (738358) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699436)

Ok goto to freshmeat and look for a package called motion install on linux box with cam installed.

Tweak.

Chav (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699372)

Baseball cap, thuggish look, awful clothes. Screams thieving chav. Where's the burberry?

How to do this on a Mac (4, Informative)

weave (48069) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699374)

Evocam [evological.com] is a great piece of software, and cheap. Allows you to define different zones on the image to trigger different actions, like upload pictures via ftp or email, its own streaming webcam software on an internal webpage, and other neat fun.

I have mine record movements while out as well as speak "Intruder alert, intruder alert" hoping to scare any would-be burglers away while snapping their photo.

Hopefully it will never be "needed."

A great use for the new Mac Mini too!

FYI (4, Informative)

fizban (58094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699397)

The victim, Duncan Grisby, is the developer of the excellent omniORB [sourceforge.net] CORBA ORB.

Re:FYI (1)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699546)

Well, I had a suspicion he may be a free software user. You'll notice at the bottom of the BBC article he says:
"There are lot of products for Windows that you can use to do this - though I
used some free software and wrote some extra software myself."
(My italics)

Should have sene his face. (5, Funny)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699409)

"The webcam made our job really easy," added DS Page. "It was a pleasure to show him the pictures and see his expression when we interviewed him."

If only they had a camera...

Lesson about deterrence! (2, Funny)

Monkeyman334 (205694) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699421)

"but it didn't stop him from stealing my things."

What is the point of a secret weapon if you don't tell everyone about it?!

Re:Lesson about deterrence! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699510)

We must not allow a web-cam gap!

/Dr. Stranglove is my hero. //Except for the whole Nazi bit.

This looks like Zoneminder (1)

Nashirak (533418) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699441)

He might have used ZoneMinder for this. The pictures look like stills from the program. Zoneminder [zoneminder.com]

Re:This looks like Zoneminder (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699640)

It's not Zoneminder, but Zoneminder rock's!! I have tried a bunch of software and my pick is ZM. And yes it's L.A.M.P.

His bandwidth is being burgled! (1)

d3ac0n (715594) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699456)

Perhaps someone should mirror his site, as it is already slowing down.

Imagine a... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699458)

can you share the load with parallel burglaring?

Serial burglars? (2, Funny)

Junior J. Junior III (192702) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699484)

That's it, I'm turning off all my RS-232 ports RIGHT NOW!

Webcam security not so reliable? (1)

ShaggyB (849018) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699490)

So if this kid was wearing a mask, he'd not be in the hole he's in now. This kid was just stupid, thats why he got caught.

Re:Webcam security not so reliable? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699525)

No one said it was a flawless security system, but even with a mask it's better than nothing.

Or... (1)

eseiat (650560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699563)

If he just hadn't broken into the other person's home and stolen his possesions, well then I imagine he would also be a free man as well. But, I guess you can look at the stupid part being the lack of a mask. :\

setting up a similar system? (1)

yodaj007 (775974) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699523)

Can anyone point me in the direction for setting up a similar system? I've got a Linux box, but that's all I've got. What would you guys recommend for a basic camera system that I can set up in a similar manner as this dude did? Thanks. yodaj007

Web server stolen! (1, Funny)

itoleck (304334) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699534)

Looks like the computer that was stolen was the webserver, because for some reason the website doesn't come up. ;)

Aha!!! (4, Funny)

erroneus (253617) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699555)

So that's the bastard that has been stealing the toys and surprises from my cereal... oh wait... serial? Crap... always get those mixed up.

ive done this before (5, Interesting)

tmckay87 (832093) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699559)

this has happened to me before... sort of. a few years ago when i was 16 or so, i knew i was going to be bored later in the day at school, so i setup my webcam to record movement with a copy of meloris melcam i downloaded off the internet. I didn't notice anything wrong while I was watching it at school, but when I returned to my room I noticed I was missing about $50. The maids that my mom hired for that day had just come to our house, so I suspected them. I checked the video that my program had saved on my HD and there they were. They went and found my wallet which was in my dresser and removed the $50 I had been saving, right in front of the camera. Apparently they arent the brightest of people as the camera was clearly visible and my computer isnt too much quieter than a jet.

Apple recently captured criminals with iSights (1)

adzoox (615327) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699565)

An Apple Store was recently broken in to Pittsburgh PA.

The whole incident was caught on iSight webcams and used as evidence.

I recently helped with a setup of a system using an iSight Camera and a Blue and White G3 to help catch who was stealing laptops and other items out of the fridge at a local university.

Read the story here

Re:Apple recently captured criminals with iSights (1)

adzoox (615327) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699591)

Link correction: here [adzoox.com]

Re:Apple recently captured criminals with iSights (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699615)

Why do you keep your laptops in the fridge?

Re:Apple recently captured criminals with iSights (0, Redundant)

BenBenBen (249969) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699622)

Why did you keep laptops in the fridge in the first place?

I'm not so lucky... (2, Interesting)

Domini (103836) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699580)

Had my webcam(s) going, my alarm went off (with armed response in tow) AND I have the vehicle registration number. All this I gave on a CD (silver platter) to the South African Police, and they still managed to bungle it!

Stories like this only sound cool when someone paid attention...

No, that's what 240V and big mean dogs are for! (1)

The_REAL_DZA (731082) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699582)

"...but it didn't stop him from stealing my things."

Geez, this guy sounds like he hasn't seen Home Alone ...

ok, it's cool and all (2, Informative)

digitalchinky (650880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699613)

http://www.lavrsen.dk/twiki/bin/view/Motion/WebHom e [lavrsen.dk]

I used to do this exact same thing (but after having the house broken into once first)

I think it was around 1998 when I first started using motion, still do. Have set it up in a few office spaces for non-profits.

Not trolling, but this is not new.

How about picking up some of this? (2, Informative)

DudeAbides (694172) | more than 9 years ago | (#11699641)

SmartWater - a clear liquid containing microscopic particles encoded with a unique forensic signature that, when found coated on stolen property, provides a precise trace back to the owner and, when detected on a suspect, can conclusively implicate a felon. It's big with the UK police. Check out this [wired.com] article on Wired [slashdot.org]

Better yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699642)

What would be more ingenious is wiring valubles to electric shock machines, and laptops and cellphones packed with small explosives that can be detonated remotely (imagine the burglar kept the cellphone in his pants pocket heeheehee).

Lets not forget the classic staircase-to-slippery-slide mechanism (with alligator pit at the bottom and automated trapdoor), an oldie but a goodie!

Creative web cam monitor (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699651)

WIth most creative webcams, you get a piece of software called creative web cam monitor. This can automatically record video or take pictures every X seconds when it detects >X amount of movement in a user defined area of its field of vision. It can upload via FTP or email the resulting files (if you upload via FTP it can generate a html page with activity log + pictures/video), or just send a notification message. It can even play alarm noises! :-) As it only sends pictures/videos with movement on, space is not a big worry.

The theif's name is David (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11699663)

HAL: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.

Dave: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?

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