SVA employee and alumnus Levent Cetiner (MFA 2005 Computer Art) recently used his creative skills to catch a burglar who was breaking into his Chelsea apartment—and the young artist did it remotely, via smartphone while seated at his desk six blocks away. Cetiner had set up a $50 motion detector in his apartment that, when triggered, sends real-time photos of the activity. He had originally purchased the device to use for an interactive art project, but then set it up to monitor his home when police issued a warning about recent burglaries in the neighborhood. “I hoped I wouldn’t actually have to use it, but I thought it was a good idea to have,” he told the New York Post.
When Centiner was alerted via e-mail that there was an intruder in his apartment, he called 911 and ran home. “I couldn’t get in because he locked the deadbolt from the inside,” he said. Centiner then shouted, “You’re being recorded, and the police are on the way!” When the police arrived moments later, Centiner used his smartphone to show them a photo of the man entering his top-floor apartment through a window off the fire escape. The law officers ended up finding the man hiding in the courtyard outside of the building and made the arrest.