Lafayette Police want to install cameras in "at risk" neighborhoods to reduce crime

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Chief Craft hopes it will prevent crime as well as help solve crimes

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:19pm

The Lafayette Police Department wants to install crime cameras in troubled neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing officers to monitor activity from headquarters and on their laptop computers.  Chief Jim Craft believes cameras focused in "at risk" neighborhoods in the city will help prevent crime in those areas, as well as solve crimes.

"We can't have a cop on every corner.  We just don't have the resources for that, so it multiplies a presence of force being able to tune in to a particular camera in a particular location and monitor that area," says Chief Jim Craft, Lafayette Police Department.

The plan is to install forty to fifty cameras in selected neighborhoods for surveillance of street activity, which should be set in place within the next two years due to infrastructure.  The department's proposed budget for next fiscal year sets aside $700,000 for the cameras.

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