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18 Crimes That Were Solved Thanks to Surveillance Footage 

Jordan Love
Updated June 14, 2019 44.8k views 18 items

Surveillance cameras have become a vital part of crime fighting in the last few decades. In nearly seven out of 10 murders, surveillance footage is used to help solve the crime. Fortunately for law enforcement, criminals don't seem to be getting much smarter, even as the technology to catch them is. The world is becoming more and more surveilled each day thanks to the falling costs of cameras, and crimes are routinely being solved thanks to all forms of surveillance footage. 

More and more, criminals are being thwarted by surveillance cameras, with some burglars even being caught in the act by homeowners monitoring real-time surveillance footage of their houses from afar. The number of crimes caught on surveillance cameras continues to rise, leaving criminals everywhere scrambling.

From catching petty thieves, murderers, and even terrorists, surveillance footage is now an integral part of law enforcement. Sometimes the entire criminal act is caught by one camera, other times, fragments of footage from several different cameras are pieced together to identify the culprits. Either way, surveillance has undoubtedly made a sizable impact on crime and law enforcement, and with the increasing use of things like body cameras for officers, this trend is sure to continue.
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The First Criminal Caught by Police Drone Surveillance

These four men, who were pulled over for suspected drunk driving, probably didn't set out to be the first, but they hold the honor nonetheless. Upon being pulled over, they jumped out of their car and into a nearby cornfield. Officers then unleashed the newest weapon in their arsenal: a thermal imaging capable drone. With thermal eyes in the sky, it was easy for the officers to find the men and charge them with multiple offenses.
The Murder Solved by Lowe's Security Footage

Police suspected George Tiaffay of murdering his wife, but they had no real evidence that he actually did, until they looked at Lowe's surveillance footage that it. The footage showed Tiaffay and an unknown man going to Lowe's and purchasing the hammer that was used to murder his wife. It turns out that Tiaffay hired a homeless man to kill his wife and went with him to buy the murder weapon.
The Murder of Leiby Kletzky

Leiby Kletzky was an eight-year-old boy who disappeared after school in 2011. Footage from several different surveillance cameras were pieced together by Yaakov German´╗┐ to solve the boy's disappearance. Kletzky was tracked a certain ways on the cameras before he appeared to disappear with an unknown man. The identity of the man was discovered shortly thereafter and he admitted to the murder of the child.
The London Nail Bomber

The London Nail Bomber terrorized London in 1999. It took three bombings, 13 days, and a whole lot of surveillance footage to identify, find, and capture the terrorist behind the Nail Bombs. David Copeland is now serving six life sentences for his crimes.