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Staying up to date with surveillance technology

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  They say a picture's worth a thousand words.  This one might be worth a thousand bucks.  It's all police have to nab a bank robber.  But sometimes, it's all they need.

That is, of course if the cameras are up to date and rolling.  And for a number of businesses in Kennewick, police say they're not.

"If we can't get the video, we can't see it, we can't get the information out.   Then it's really not of a whole lot of value to us," says Mike Blatman, crime prevention specialist with Kennewick police.

Blatman says it's time for businesses to suit up with digital cameras and learn the how and why of camera placement.

"A lot of times that image is of the top of a baseball cap, the top of a hood that's been pulled over the suspects face.   That's because they're placed up high, as opposed to eye level."

Security companies say it's not just about catching a crook after the crime, it's also a way to protect against added losses.     

"Sometimes it's about what's taken from the store," says Dan Ostler, co-owner of Nation Wide Security.  "And in other cases, it's the nuissance and the cost of now being out of business for a few days while you rebuild."