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Churches say security system keeping watch day, night

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - More than a dozen East Texas churches are now taking advantage of free security to help look out for the church arsonist. Since the beginning of the year there have been nine church arsons. Last week, we told you about a company, offering free surveillance set-ups for 90 days. One church taking advantage of the offer says it is one they can not refuse.

The cameras were installed, adjusted and ready to go, keeping eyes out for arsonists night and day.

"We've looked at it many times when there's no lights on the sanctuary - no lights on and you can see it really well," said Pastor Tony Watson.

Infrared technology plays a major role in the system's success, but Watson says the most important factor are its internet capabilities.

"The beauty of it is we can view it from a remote location and don't have to be hooked up hardwire," said Watson.

Everywhere Watson's laptop goes his church goes, with wireless internet linking every camera to a surveillance program.

"We can see when motion is detected then it makes a log of it," said Watson. "You can pull that up and look at say any motion that happened overnight."

From every point of entry, your angles are pretty much covered. Meaning anyone or anything crossing the cameras is caught, recorded to a DVR and online where Watson and other church officials can log on and view.

"Just being able to pull it up and look at it just gives us some peace of mind and some measure of security," said Watson. "It wouldn't be anything wrong with having a log file of cats walking around a church."

Church leaders hope pictures soon turn into people. The 90 days of free surveillance is starting a countdown they say they will face when it ends.

"We'll probably pull back and do a reevaluation of what levels and what measures of security we would want to do going forward but, at this point, it's all hands on deck," said Watson.

To pass on any information, ATF asks you to call their hotlines at 888-ATF-FIRE, or 903-675-0061, or 675-0062.

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