HOUSTON Technology that helped handcuff two burglars in northwest Harris County is growing in demand, according to a local surveillance store manager.

At Botanica Elegua, a southwest Houston store selling religious items, closing time used to be the only time owner Mercedes Rios felt at ease.

In the past, I had a lot of problems with some of the employees and people coming in taking small stuff and little by little the small stuff added up, Rios said.

Buying surveillance cameras helped. However, what gives her peace of mind and allows her to travel for the first time in decades is on her iPad.

I can be in Miami, Rios said. I can be in New York and as long as I have Wi-Fi, I m connected.

Angel Araiza of Spy Emporium said the technology is rising in demand and works on many home surveillance systems.

You can see who is at your house when you re not there, Araiza said. You can actually download an app for your mobile device, which is free.

The app is password protected and as long as you have Internet access, you can stream live video to smart phones and tablets.

On Tuesday, northwest Harris County homeowners who were watching on cell phones saw two burglars in action. It led to quick arrests.

Given what she s lost to thieves, Rios watches her cameras often.

If I m not in town, (I watch) every 45 minutes, Rios said.

It s the only way Rios finds peace of mind with her business.

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