As surveillance camera technology improves, so does police's ability to solve crimes.

Police say photos and videos captured on a surveillance cameras are helpful in an investigation, especially when they are of good quality.

"They're kind of what we would call a silent witness because they provide us with identification features of an individual that would be involved in a crime. They can provide us with the make, model and sometimes even the license plate of a vehicle," said Lt. Catherine Buckley, with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

And now, the quality of those details is better than ever, according to Vic Sauget. He is the general manager of Security & Surveillance Superstores, located at 123 N. Union blvd.

"The technology today is there to where you can actually get facial recognition with the quality of the cameras today, as compared to say maybe 10 years ago," Sauget said.

Sauget also said people are making the switch from analog cameras to digital cameras. The latter offer clearer images that can better detect facial features and other details.

"We can actually provide you the same exact quality that you would see from a blue-ray quality movie through a security camera nowadays," he said.

An analog camera starts at $50, and a digital camera with high definition quality starts at $150. Sauget recommends systems that allow access to the video from any location through a computer or smartphone.