By Jonathan Hunt, FOX News - Bio
NEW YORK -- Surveillance cameras are all around us -- world-wide recording an estimated four billion hours of footage a week.
And thanks to a growing number of Americans armed with video-capturing smartphones,we're seeing caught-on-camera moments like never before.
30 million surveillance cameras are deployed in the United States, catching your every move.
One wild police chase! Florida cops try to collar a suspect riding a horse down a busy road...officers say he was riding,under the influence.
No shirt, no shoes...and for this guy, definitely no service. One Wal-Mart shopper, was letting it all hang out.
In New Jersey, a toddler was put through the spin cycle -- as the door locks and the washer starts. A quick-thinking laundromat employee flipped a circuit breaker, sparing the child.
Dramatic video as firefighters and police investigating an electrical vault were knocked off their feet in a series of powerful explosions. Two men suffered first-degree burns, but have recovered.
The dash cams inside police cruisers caught two amazing crashes!
A Kentucky trooper swerved to avoid truck turning into his lane and loses control, slamming into a home, sending bricks flying.
And a heroic moment in Lubbock, Texas as a police officer investigating a fender-bender pushes a woman out of the way of a speeding car. His cruiser made a 360-degree spin in the impact.
Some video, released for safety's sake...
Boston's transit station cameras showed a woman in a mobility scooter, trying to use the up-escalator..tumbling, nearly crushed. But she's okay. She was able to walk away from the scene.
Dash cameras in Portland's commuter trains showed some terrifying close calls. People were running across the tracks -- some, mere seconds from contact.
And a Delaware woman -- in a close shave:
"She stepped one foot out, and about the time she got the second foot out, that train came in like three seconds and wiped the whole car out."
Amateur video, catching our eye...
"Put your damn seatbelt on, pull it over."
This Detroit man tried to make a "citizen's arrest" on a cop. In the end, it was the man behind the camera in trouble -- cited for reckless driving.
The happiest day of their lives turned into a hotel lobby brawl between two wedding parties in Philadelphia.
Shouting,heckling, fights and arrests -- captured on a man's cell phone.
Police were called after bargain shoppers got into fisticuffs inside a California store, the day after giving thanks.
Now ,some of our favorite caught-on-camera moments...
While hurricane Sandy raged, a Con-Ed explosion was seen from street-level in Brooklyn. That's the moment power was knocked out, affecting millions in New York City.
It was a heart-stopping scene for any parent as a mother loses track of her baby stroller, and her child was nearly struck by oncoming traffic. Luckily, a garbage truck driver was able to alert others, and stop the carriage just in time.
This thief didn't have ants in his pants...he had a puppy. He was seen stuffing a pricey Pomeranian down his shorts.
A middle-schooler in Washington jumped out of his seat and bravely takes the wheel, as his bus careens off the road -- his driver was having a heart attack.
"I run up, grab the wheel, steer it to the right side of the road, took the keys out of the ignition."
Cellphone video of a Brooklyn girl falling three stories -- caught by a city bus driver, hailed a hero.
"A hero is nothin' but a sandwich. That's all I can say. I'm not a hero. I would do it for any kid."
And let's pray for more heroes caught on camera or otherwise, in 2013.