Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the city is creating a database that will help police quickly identify private and public security cameras near crime scenes.
The implementation of the database, which is being paid for in part by an Abell Foundation Grant, will enhance the city’s already existing CitiWatch network.
"The CitiWatch Community Partnership will allow more businesses and residents to support the police department’s efforts to further reduce crime in our neighborhoods," Rawlings-Blake said in a news release.
The database will allow businesses with surveillance systems to register them with the police through a web application. Police and CitiWatch officials will then be able to locate all registered systems near a particular crime scene, according to the news release.
According to the administration, there are 583 cameras citywide and 100 of them were added since Rawlings-Blake became mayor, which have resulted in more than 1,236 arrests, 145 of them for violent crimes.
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