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New arrangement allows police to monitor security cameras at apartments 24/7

(KMOV.com) -- Some apartment complexes are taking surveillance cameras to the next level.  Police can now access cameras to monitor activity, 24 hours a day, from their precinct.

Countryside Apartments in unincorporated north St. Louis County set up more than 50 outdoor cameras on its property. Capt. Troy Doyle, commander of the county’s north precinct, said his department is able to use the cameras to monitor almost every location on the property.

“Someone here at the station can pull up that particular camera and can radio to the officer, 'Hey this guy is standing her. He's wearing blue jeans and a white shirt, and he has a handgun in his possession,” Doyle said. “Crime can happen anywhere. We want to have that added advantage.”

Property owners and police collaborated on the arrangement, Doyle said. Police are working with a handful of other complexes in unincorporated north St. Louis County. Another complex in the area expects to have cameras installed by the end of the month.

The property owners purchase the cameras, he said.

Doyle says access to live surveillance video allows police to zero in on the biggest crime trends in the St. Louis area. Daytime burglaries and larceny are the top concerns.

He said the number of reported burglaries at apartment complexes have dropped in the past year, in large part due to stepped up foot patrols. He believes cameras will serve as an extra tool to keep neighborhoods safe.

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