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How hundreds of cameras help police keep neighborhoods safe

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( - Police are explaining how they are working to keep neighborhoods safe surrounding St. Louis City.

Neighborhoods like The Central West End have experienced recent crime. Police took two 19-year-olds into custody during the third week of September in connection to the killing of Timothy Grice, a cab driver, in the Central West End. 

Grice's murder was not the only crime in the Central West End in September. A woman was killed in a robbery near her home and another woman was raped in her Central West End apartment. 

"There has been some horrific crimes committed lately, I think [they] might have been been prevented by having a greater police presence," said Janette Schantz, Central West End resident.

Street cameras in the Central West End are like a second set of eyes for police. There are 84 cameras in the neighborhood. 

"The cameras help us go back and actually see the incidents in real time, get the information out to the officers on the street quickly; they have pictures and video of the incident," said Captain Angela Coonce, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

The street cameras can also capture license plate numbers to help apprehend suspects, Coonce says. 

Not only do the cameras add that extra layer of security for people but they also make police work more efficient. 

"Doing street interviews and trying to find victims and witnesses we are able to go back and see what happened. We can solve crime faster and when we do that, we are going to prevent another crime on the back-end hopefully," said Coonce. 

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