Police in one metro community are lining up some extra help to keep an eye out on crime. If anyone in Lenexa has a surveillance system, they want to know about it.
Lenexa's is the first police department in the metro to team up with businesses and regular people to use their security cameras to combat crime.
"We feel that we will get a lot of response from our community because we think that they take a vested interest in the community," said Maj. Dawn Layman with the Lenexa Police Department.
It's not uncommon for police to use surveillance video and photos from businesses and even private homes to help them solve crime. Now Lenexa police are taking things a step further, asking anyone with a camera to register it with police so if a crime happens in the area and surveillance might be authority's best bet, investigators know right where to go and who to ask for help.
"What we will do with that information is place it on a map that's housed here in our dispatch center so if a crime occurs within an area our officers will know immediately that somebody may have video footage that they would be willing to share with us," Layman said.
For police the main benefit is time. If the unthinkable happens - a child is abducted and authorities have little to go on. If they know where the child was last seen, police can immediately look at the map and see where there are cameras located that could help identify who took the child and what kind of car they were driving. The surveillance video could also quickly provide police with a photo to help get the public involved.
"We provide video and still images to the media all the time when we can't identify a suspect or a vehicle and it's proven to be very useful when it gets out to the community because, most likely, somebody knows that car or that individual," Layman said.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:45:12 GMT
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