HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - As technology evolves so does the way it's being used for crime fighting. No one knows that better than a Hampton couple.
Seven months ago, the White family moved from England into a Hampton home on Pocahontas Place.
"Since we've been in Hampton, we've felt the need to protect our home a little bit more than normal," Vince White said.
So their first move was to get an alarm system that came with cameras. Two months later, it was put to the test.
"It's disheartening," White added.
White showed WAVY.com a video from his living room. It shows a stranger coming through the door and looking around.
"You see somebody in your home, and you are just like ‘wow, I can't believe somebody is in my house'," White said.
The short clip only lasts about 20 seconds. That's because the alarm goes off and the suspect scampers out.
"If you'll notice, he's moving a little bit faster on the way out," White added.
The man got away, but two weeks ago there was another break in at the White's home. This time the video shows two suspects walking up to the house to see if someone was there. Minutes later, the alarm went off because somebody broke in through the back window.
The Whites were not only able to capture video of the burglary on their home computers, they were able to give police descriptions of the suspects because they were watching the surveillance video in real time on their cell phones.
"The technology out there is amazing right now," White said. "The people that were breaking into our house were wearing a green hoodie and a white hoodie."
The clothing description the Whites were able to see from their cell phones was all Hampton police needed.
"They were able to dispatch officers around the area, and they caught them in like 10 minutes," White added.
Police arrested two 15 year olds and charged them with burglary and grand larceny. Police are looking to see if they are connected to any other burglaries.
"The best the thing in the world is knowing that the people who have broken into our house were caught," White said. "In a way, that gives you a peace of mind."
White said he would have been like any other victim if he didn't have an alarm system. Click here to see some of the options available to protect your home.
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