Home security systems flying off the shelves

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Home security systems are flying off shelves at local electronics stores this holiday season. The Best Buy at 19th Street and Camelback Road has very little inventory left, after Black Friday shoppers cleaned off the shelves.

"They look very scarce right now," said Jon Coskun, who's shopping around for home surveillance kits. He says it didn't take long to realize that he wasn't alone, since the shelves are virtually empty in the surveillance aisle. "Security is very, very important. Safety is number one with everybody's concerns," he said.

Many say it's true, a tiny lens can bring safety, security and peace of mind. "Most people tell me they had some sort of traumatic break-in, and they need something specific," said Xavier Calderon, with the Best Buy Geek Squad. "They're looking for wireless devices that can connect to something that's wireless at the same time," he said.

Bryce Nelson was shopping for two kits, one for his Valley home and another so that he can monitor what's going on nearly two thousand miles away. "I do own a home in Minnesota, I'm back and forth, so it's kind of nice to be able to check places wherever I'm at and make sure everything is good," said Nelson.

Home surveillance systems are popping up all over neighborhoods. And while some residents try to keep them discreet, others make it very clear, posting signs to notify others that they are under constant watch.

But those warnings are not always a deterrent. Joann Wood recalls a recent conversation she had with a neighbor who has surveillance cameras. "She told us the other day that a bike was missing. They left their garage door open and they saw the person on the surveillance camera," Wood said.

The security devices are fairly inexpensive, and police say they have proven to be effective crime-fighting tools. "It's kind of convenient for us homeowners to have these surveillance systems in a click of a button on a computer. It's also easier for the cops to recognize and catch these people and make sure that's the one," said Nelson.