Cameras catch every move, everywhere
Fri, 19 Apr 2013 22:26:24 GMT —
Everywhere you look in this digital age, there are cameras. The Glass City being no exception.
Toledo Police have about 70 cameras in place and being monitored right now, and they will continue to install these cameras through this fall.
The final number when finished will be around 150.
And if police cameras do not have eyes in a certain area, you're bound to find others that do.
Images from surveillance video at two seperate robberies on April 18th show thieves being caught in the act.
"If you walk downtown anywhere, you're gonna be on camera," says Kirk Davis, President of Continental Security.
He says his company's video footage is frequently used as an extended arm for law enforement.
"I can't think of any long period of time where we don't have a detective from the sheriffs deptartment or Toledo police contacting us about something that's gone on where our camera's were called on," he says.
While some people think cameras are an invasion of privacy, they've played a vital role in solving crime, including helping with the bombing in Boston.
And with more being installed daily, they're beginning to stop crime before it occurs.
"When you walk into an area and see a camera, you are less likely to steal something," says Davis.
For those with security issues, cameras can be very cost effective.
Davis says, "Once we put the cameras in, 99% of the time the problem stops."
As more cameras appear on buildings and neighborhood houses, police anticipate a decrease in crime. Because if someone breaks the law, they'll run the risk of giving authorities a front row seat via video surveillance.