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Business Surveillance Cameras in Newark, Ohio Help Police Solve Multiple Crimes

Published by Ellen on November 12, 2012 10:55 AM

According to the Newark Division of Police, surveillance cameras have had a positive impact on Newark. A deluge of security cameras installed in businesses, at traffic lights, and on city buildings has aided law enforcement in identifying criminal suspects caught on video. Video footage can significantly help prosecutors convict a suspect when used as evidence in a trial. Not only can video evidence serve as an essential tool in solving crimes and convicting offenders, but it can also prove a person's innocence.

In one particular case, a video surveillance camera stationed at a convenience store captured and recorded clear, facial shots of a criminal suspect who hadn't yet been found by police. The police retrieved the store's video that did in fact identify the man who had recently been accused of three serious crimes. Just one week after the charges were filed, he was caught on camera and arrested. Law enforcement carefully studied the video, and determined it was in fact the suspect they were seeking.

Even if a surveillance camera, at a bank or retail store for instance, can't get a clear shot of a suspects face, Sergeant Scott Snow of the Newark Division of Police postulates that video can still have evidentiary value if it captures unique characteristics of a person, such as their gait, clothing, and behavior. Recorded footage of vehicles can also be beneficial to law enforcement, as it can sometimes see the shape, color and size of the car, and sometimes its license plate number. This underscores the importance of installing surveillance cameras at businesses, city buildings, and at traffic lights. Homeowners with functioning surveillance cameras can also play a crucial role in helping police identify criminal suspects. If you're a homeowner and possess a surveillance camera, consider installing it on the exterior of your residence.

Snow avers, "The more people that have [cameras], the more businesses that have them, the more likely we are able to piece something together." The inexorable advances in IP video technology have greatly improved the quality and features of today's security cameras. Prosecutor Ken Oswalt of Licking County has noticed that surveillance cameras are now providing higher-quality, better detailed images than they were 10 years ago. The Newark Division of Police insists that surveillance cameras perched up on city buildings are not there to watch over the public, but instead to look out for crimes and suspects.

What can we learn here? Scott Snow makes a strong point about the need for more surveillance cameras: "Most businesses are victims of crime at some time or another. But it is beneficial to them in the long run."