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N4T: Seasons Sneakings, protecting your home from thieves

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Take a quick look online and you'll easily find a caught on camera holiday crime.

In the month of December alone, News 4 Tucson reporters have covered everything from porch pirates stealing presents, to someone stealing ashes, to thieves running off with Christmas decorations.

Each time the videos are posted online, but are those videos actually helping police.

Officer Chris Hawkins with the Tucson Police Department says yes, especially if victims follow some simple tips.

"Call us first, then talk to your neighbors. See if they saw anything suspicious. Vehicles, any people hanging out in the neighborhood, even just people walking around in the neighborhood or in the alley," said Hawkins. 

Hawkins says the type of camera of used to capture the crime also makes a difference.

With high resolution cameras being the most effective.

"The quality of cameras is improving and they are becoming easier to use so that helps us a lot. Being able to see certain details or logos on clothing. Even license plates, scars, or tattoos. It helps our detectives and officers be able to narrow down certain suspects involved in those crimes," said Hawkins.

Law enforcement officials say that when it comes to these types of crimes catching one person often solves multiple crimes.

"These are crimes of opportunity and a lot of times it's not the first time a particular suspect has done something like this," said Hawkins.

Experts say another helpful tip is to get a surveillance system with a remote backup. That way if the camera is stolen or damaged there is still a record of the crime.

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