Niagara Falls Fighting Against Crime

With use of cameras and biking community

Matt Moran
June 12, 2018 - 4:05 pm

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek was all over Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls talking with Business owners and private home owners about using their cameras to spot crime in the area.

"When a business has good camera footage, and that gets out, it prevents criminals from coming into that area," Wojtaszek said.

The program is called Operation Safecam, launced by Wojtaszek last year. It registers security cameras so that local law enforcement knows to check the footage. 

"All of these businesses want the help with the police to deter people from commiting crimes here, but when a crime occurs they want to help and this is an easy way to do that," Wojtaszek said.

Wojtaszek says they had great success from people who already have cameras and many that did not have cameras said they would be looking into purchasing cameras to protect the area. Helping her with this project was members of the biking community as they did a police slow roll down Pine Avenue to reach out to these businesses.

Watch Video Of Slow Roll Down Pine Avenue

Wojtaszek says a police slow roll is a great way to bring local law enforcement and the community together.

"When trajedy strikes you don't want those relationships to start under that sort of situation," Wojtaszek said. "What you want when trajedy strikes is to know and to look across the table at people you've known for years and trusted for years and you see their judgement in other areas."

Wojtaszek is looking to make the slow roll a possibility in other parts of the city.

 

 

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