Video cameras, or closed-circuit television (CCTV), are becoming a more and more “popular” tool in the Western world. Some citizens may disagree with their ethical use. The excessive usage of such video footage by police can indeed prove trouble in a democratic society. There’s no doubt, however, that a sophisticated surveillance system can help (more than harm) a civilized society. In some cases, people committing horrific crimes were caught … thanks to video footage from security cameras. The following list of the 25 Craziest Criminal Acts Caught on Surveillance Videos might surprise you. Clearly, the wise use of sophisticated systems by public security officials help provide security to society.

Robbers Try to Beat Bank Alarm Sensor

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Two would-be robbers left a shiny impression on police in southern Brazil, when they chose an unusual form of camouflage during an attempted bank robbery: head-to-toe aluminum foil. They also made another, more serious mistake. They failed to notice there were internal security cameras, which were capturing every move they did in a centralized surveillance office.

The Murder of James Bulger

In 1993, two-year-old James Bulger was abducted from a shopping mall and was tortured and then killed by two ten-year-old boys in Liverpool, England. Police found low-resolution images of the young abductors from the shopping center’s CCTV system in what may be one of the most shocking crimes in modern British history.

Philly's Serial Killer

Juan Covington, an American serial killer from Philadelphia, got caught for murder thanks to the aid of a camera. He worked at Pennsylvania Hospital and was arrested in 2005 after security camera footage linked him to the murder of coworker Patricia McDermott, a radiographer in the hospital. But that wasn’t his only crime. He would later confess to multiple other murders and attempted murders as well.

"Decorating" Home with Surveillance Cameras

They say, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me,” but Jeanne Thomas, a Boynton Beach resident, learned the first time. Having her home burglarized once was more than enough for her. She equipped her home with surveillance cameras after that first incident in order to keep an eye one her home from work. One day while she was at work, she checked in on the cameras and saw her house being actively robbed again. She called the police immediately and the thief wasn’t as lucky the second time around. He got arrested.  

The Bad Cop

Sean Groubert was a police officer who shot a motorist named Levar Jones after stopping him in Richland County for not wearing a seat belt. The patrol car video of the incident showed Jones with his hands raised as he was shot. Soon after the incident, Groubert was fired from the state Highway Patrol and pleaded guilty to assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
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