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by Melanie Barden, CBS Austin

"Thousands of property crimes are reported in Austin every year, ranging from home burglaries to car theft. According to APD's latest report, in 2016, more than 33,000 cases were filed with the Austin Police Department, only 13 percent of those were solved.

"It never really stops or goes away," says Sgt. Noel Guerin.

Guerin works with APD's Property Crimes Task Force, he says surveillance footage helps significantly when solving these crimes.

"When you have a video of something that's happened it's an unbiased witness that shows you exactly how it happened," says Guerin.

The Property Crimes Task Force is able to use these images to tell police what to look out for, Guerin claims one case was solved by identifying a dent on a car.

Police say another value of having home surveillance footage is posting the footage on social media, in hopes someone recognizes the criminal."

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