Surveillance cameras supposed to keep thieves away, might be attracting them

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – They’re supposed to keep thieves away, but they might be attracting them.

Greg Hobbs said the thief is hard to spot in his surveillance video. That’s because the video shows he takes out a flashlight in the middle of the night, using it as a tool for cover.

“He shined a flashlight on to the camera, which prevented us from being able to see his face,” said Hobbs.

Once the crook is up close to Hobbs’ Albuquerque home and camera, all that can be seen is a gloved hand and a screwdriver.

“He seemed to be very well prepared for the task,” said Hobbs.

Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik said more cameras are getting stolen because they’re growing in popularity.

“I mean these guys are good, they’re crooks, and they know they can easily get quick cash, and they’re stealing them if they can get their hands on them,” said Officer Drobik.

But quick cash is just one of the reasons they go missing. APD said the other reason is to make a house an easier target.

“Just always check your system, be aware of where you put those cameras,” said Officer Drobik. “Don’t put them down too low so they can get stolen.”

That’s advice Hobbs said he plans to take when he installs a replacement system.

“I’m going to mount them much higher,” said Hobbs.

But Hobbs said the video showing his camera being stolen has left him feeling unsettled.

“Very vulnerable,” said Hobbs. “Very vulnerable.”

APD said stolen surveillance cameras go for $5 or $10, so if someone finds one for that price, it’s most likely stolen. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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