Jenna Smith was in Chicago last month attending her grandmother’s funeral when her boyfriend began scrolling through home security footage on his phone. Suddenly, he noticed a figure that didn’t belong there. Someone had broken into the garage of their Mission District apartment building.
Stunned, Smith watched the burglar flicker to life on her own phone screen, through an app linked to the garage’s security cameras. A man wandered into the frame, cased the floor and left with suitcases full of items. He would be back.