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Home security camera helps spread holiday cheer in Bonner Springs

Posted: 7:37 PM, Dec 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-18 18:24:15-05

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. — A Kansas man's home surveillance camera caught something other than crime Friday night. 

Greg Ochoa Jr. said he was out shopping when he got an alert on his phone. His Ring security camera caught movement on his front porch. 

But it wasn't a suspicious visitor stopping by to scope out the house. The Bonner Springs High School choir was stopping at homes to serenade neighbors with Christmas carols. 

Ochoa, knowing his home was empty, spoke to the choir director through the camera. He told them to go ahead and perform. He, along with a store employee and another customer, would watch through the security camera's phone app. 

"You usually see someone stealing peoples packages on these videos," said Ochoa. "It’s nice to see them used for something positive as well."

Choir Director, Brian White says it was quite the surprise.

“Well, I thought, 'Hey, this is a trendy doorbell,'” White said. “And I thought maybe it's a security thing, rung it, nothing, and then it talked back to me!”

This was the first time he took his choir out caroling.

It was a really cool experience, especially to go around Bonner and seeing people that we know. So I really loved to see all the smiles on everyone's faces,” choir student, Vanessa Roult said.

Whether caroling in person or through a security camera, students seemed to enjoy it.

"I was like, 'This is a unique experience,'" choir student Megan Nolan said. "I've never sang to a doorbell before but it was really fun."

White said it was a great teachable moment for them.

“I tell the kids you know as long as we take care of business in our classroom, and always perform the best, we never know who's watching, even if it's a security camera on somebody's front door,” White said

Ochoa posted the video on Facebook Friday night. By Monday evening, the video had over 4,000 views.