WASHINGTON – Home surveillance cameras are going high-tech, allowing users to check on their home at any time as long as they have their smartphone.
It’s a feature that was perfect for Sandie Kaplanis, who uses the cameras to keep an eye on her 14-year-old Labrador, Amber.
“Yes, she has kidney failure,” Kaplanis told WJLA. “I watch her to see if she’s breathing, to see if she is okay.”
When she logged on a few weeks ago to check on Amber, she was startled by what she saw.
“I see this little girl and I say, ‘What is this?’ Kaplanis said. “So I log out and I log back in and I see my dog, and I log back in and I see this little girl. And this happened for a period of over 24 hours.”
Kaplanis says she has no idea who the girl is, so she contacted Vivitar. The company offered an apology and sent her four new cameras.
However, a spokesperson told WJLA that they are still trying to figure out what happened, adding that nothing out of the ordinary has been seen on their end.
The spokesperson also said this is the first complaint of its kind that they have received.
Either way, the situation disturbed Kaplanis.
“I want people to know that there’s a chance, if you buy this and set it up for your little baby, somebody else could be watching,” Kaplanis said.