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O'Fallon police teaming up with residents to fight crime

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O'FALLON, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

The O’Fallon Police Department says surveillance video is one of the best ways to catch and convict criminals.

Officers are asking for residents to help catch crooks in the act by registering their private security cameras on their home or small business.

“It is super important to have the public’s help,” said Captain Kirk Brueggeman with O’Fallon police. “We can’t do this on our own and it’s been proven time and time again. We need that community-police partnership to keep our community safe and to keep crime down. It’s essential for any police department, anywhere in the country.”

Police officers said they already have more than 200 cameras across the city. By partnering with the community, it could help officers collect video evidence and follow up on leads.

“Maybe your home surveillance cameras that may be pointing out in the street, a side yard, your backyard might've captured a suspect, a vehicle driving by or a couple of people  walking down the street and it might be something we could use. And if we don't know that they're there then we don't know to come ask you,” said Brueggeman.

Pat Danato has lived in O’Fallon for more than 50 years and loves the idea.  

“I think by having a camera there, it'll be very helpful,” said Danato.

Danato owns B&P Trophy House, which sits on North Cherry Street.

Although crime is not running rampant in O’Fallon  she knows it can happen at any given time and she hopes the crime is caught on camera.

“A crime could happened two blocks over on Cherry Street and if I had a camera here we could possibly see a car go by something I think would be very helpful.”

Through the program, officers will be able to directly contact registrants who are using video in an area in which a crime occurred. Police would ask registrants via email, telephone, or in person to check their video surveillance system for a specific date and time for video that may show activity involved with a crime, such as a getaway car or the direction that a person of interest was headed. If any video evidence is found, the resident or business owner can contact the O’Fallon Police Department at 618-624-4545 to make arrangements for retrieval.    

Registration is simple and only takes a few minutes. You will provide basic information and tell O'Fallon Police where your cameras are located. There is no cost associated with registration and your information is confidential. You may delete your registration at any time by contacting Captain Kirk Brueggeman at kbrueggeman@ofallon.org.

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