Councilwoman: We need more crime cameras
BATON ROUGE - At least one EBR Metro Council member says it is time for more cameras in the city-parish after an increase in crime this month.
Councilwoman Tara Wicker says high violence, drug dealing and prostitution in some areas in the city give plenty of reason for more cameras.
"I know in particular the urban parts of my district the cameras are a crime fighting strategy that those community residents really like," she said. "I just know personally that the crime cameras are a huge component of crime fighting in my opinion. I think we definitely need them, and I think we need more."
Baton Rouge started using crime cameras in 2007, and it costs the city $30,000 a year to keep them running. The Baton Rouge Police Department says more than 100 cameras keep a watchful eye over the city.
"If a particular crime happens in a certain area, once we get word of it and information we can go back and review the film footage that may have possibly been recorded of a particular crime or situation," said BRPD Cpl. L'Jean McKneely.
District Attorney Hillar Moore says crime cameras rarely identify suspects in crimes, but they are useful to determine what went down after an incident if it's caught on camera. BRPD says it strategically places the cameras and moves them to crime hot-spots.