Columbus Looks At Whether Crime Cameras Work
Data from the city’s 152 current crime cameras show that they are working in some neighborhoods, but not all of them.
While authorities believe cameras work to deter crime, sometimes they catch the crime in action.
Video obtained by CrimeTracker 10 shows how a car recently slid out of control and crashed into a corner store. The driver then took off and left the scene.
One man was recently charged after a camera recorded him waving a gun outside of a convenience store at East Hudson Street and McGuffey Road near Linden.
A business owner there said he initially thought the crime cameras would hurt business, but he now things the cameras are helping to stop people who loiter outside of his store. He said his customers also feel safer.
Early reports showed crime in the Weinland Park area was down as much as 40 percent. In the area of Livingston Avenue, though, crime has increased.
A city safety spokesperson told CrimeTracker 10 that they will look at the data to see if new cameras should be placed around the city.
Officials will continue to analyze the impact on the various neighborhoods and hope to provide more data to 10TV in the next few days.
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