Covington Police are asking residents and businesses to join a new community surveillance program as part of an ongoing effort to increase safety throughout the city.
"If we have a crime that happens in a specific area of the city normally our detectives would canvas areas to see if they have video. This would direct the investigation a lot quicker," Lt. Col. Brian Steffen said.
William Birri says he was robbed several times, so he mounted cameras on his home off Greenup Street. He said his cameras have mostly caught traffic accidents, but, occasionally, they catch a crime.
"One of the videos we caught was a group of teenagers had jumped an older man and they were able to get his wallet from him. After they did that to him, they went across the street and got another guy and got him for his wallet. We had the video for the cops to identify them perfectly," Birri said.
Police are asking residents to register their home surveillance video, but citizens will only be contacted if an incident happens in their area.
Bars like Gypsy on Main Street have cameras outside and they support the program.
"We are a pretty good neighborhood, however, there are plenty of things that happen over here. I think if we linked up and we got some team surveillance going it would help a lot," manager Jesse Kleinhunz said.
There is no fee to participate in this voluntary program. All information will be kept confidential and will be for official use only. Personal information will remain confidential and will not be distributed except as required by law or court order.
For those interested in participating in this community-police partnership and in keeping Covington neighborhoods safe, click here to register.