In the last few weeks some pretty bold robbers have been caught on camera. Technology is making it easier to identify these suspects because the pictures are much more clear.
It's not like a tiny camera is going stop a would-be robber in their tracks, but if the robber is caught on video tape it makes it much easier for police to track them down.
In a Pearl Kai jewelry store heist, the faces of the gunmen were clearly caught on camera. Brad Ishii installed the surveillance system.
"The robber is about to pull a gun out and as you can see it's very scary immediately, he's ordering people to get down right now there are kids in the back," explains Ishii.
Scary moments caught on tape. This surveillance system even had audio.
As more businesses update their security systems with hi-tech surveillance, more crimes are caught on tape. Monday would-be thieves tried to steal an ATM by ramming it with a garbage truck and again it was caught on camera. In another jewelry heist in Waipahu more suspects were caught on tape. Security cameras are paying off for business owners.
"Got quite a bit of people definitely saying 'wow, why are these cameras so clear' a lot has to do with equipment," says Ishii.
Dai Choi works at Ken's Cleaners just a couple doors down from the jewelry store. Now he wants a surveillance system.
"As a business man worried about business, personally I worry about my family so that's why I spoke with him. I'd like to get some cameras in here," says Choi.
Choi says a system is small price to pay to protect his family.
"They aren't going stop anyone from doing what they are but I would feel safer to know the it's on tape and they are easier to catch once they are out there."
The exact camera that was installed in the jewelry store costs about 350 dollars - you have to supply the TV and VCR.