OPELOUSAS, La. (KADN)- The Opelousas Police Department has a new weapon underneath their belt, crime cameras, that will help catch criminals in the act.
Eleven new crime cameras are up and running as of Wednesday in the Ina Claire, Bernice, and Park Avenue neighborhoods. Those areas are where the Martin McLendon, the Opelousas police chief, stated are hotspots for gun violence.
“We received a high volume of calls of citizens in this neighborhood calling saying that they’re hearing shots fired and people fleeing in all kind of vehicles or running in where we call is the cut,”Chief McLendon said.
Shantel Chavis, a resident who lives along Ina Claire Dr., are happy that the cameras are up and running.
“Cameras will help solve the crime,” Chavis said.
She even recalls bullers flying too close to home.
“One of them had busted my fiancee’s car glass and if his car wouldn’t there, it would’ve hit my child’s bedroom windows. That’s my child, that’s my son and i don't know what would’ve happened,” she said.
With the extra set of eyes on the streets, Chief McLendon is warning criminals to think twice before pulling the trigger.
“Our eyes are on you, those cameras don’t call in sick, they don’t take vacation and they working around the clock,” he stated.
The crime cameras are apart of a $300,000 project between Opelousas Police and the Opelousas Housing Authority. Cameras will be installed in all public housing neighborhoods in Opelousas.