Mall Security Cameras Help Police Identify Hit and Run Suspects
Surveillance cameras are playing a key role in the investigation of a hit and run accident that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Tiffany Bottenfield in Welland, Ontario. The incident took place at the intersection of Rosewood and Aqueduct, near the Seaway Mall. A mall supervisor assisted the Niagara Regional Police in scouring through footage from the mall's 33 security cameras searching for the suspects based solely on their physical description.
Investigators were very clear on that description though, and were quickly able to identify the suspects on the recording entering the mall between 9:40 and 10:22 a.m. Monday morning, several hours before the hit and run accident took place.
The images provided by the mall's surveillance cameras, including one from an exterior camera in the parking lot, and one from a hallway, were later published in the local newspaper so that the public could assist police in locating the suspects.
The Seaway Mall's video surveillance system has previously assisted Niagara Regional Police officers in a number of lower profile cases such as car thefts and vandalism. Mall staffers are hopeful that the attention their camera system is getting with this case will help to deter criminal activity in the future. The mall plans on installing four more security cameras in the near future.