Lubbock Police Use Surveillance Cameras To Catch Criminals - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/19/07

Lubbock Police Use Surveillance Cameras To Catch Criminals

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They are patrolling Lubbock neighborhoods 24 hours a day, but you may never see them. However, they are watching.  We are not talking about police officers, but surveillance cameras

NewsChannel 11 is breaking a story that will affect everyone living and working in Lubbock.

Police told us they have been using what they are calling mobile surveillance cameras to catch criminals for months. However, Wednesday is the first time we were able to talk with the police about their program.

The cameras take random pictures as they detect motion. The idea is they will catch criminals as they attempt to break-in homes.

Lt. Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department said, "They aren't surveillance cameras per say, as much as they are electronic eyes that can capture images, just as a police officer could capture if he or she was standing there."

Police will not tell us exactly where the cameras are right now in the city. However, we do know they are moved around randomly, depending on neighborhood crime trends.

We have also learned the cameras were bought through state grant funds back in February.

Coming up tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 10 we will tell you how digital images from the cameras are helping to put more thieves behind bars.

 

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