St. Louis Police deploy new surveillance tool to fight crime

SLMPD is trying out a new mobile crime fighting surveillance tool in areas where there aren't any street cameras. Credit: KMOV

St. Louis Police have a new camera device to go in neighborhoods and areas where there isn’t access to traffic cameras.

The department purchased the device this month and began testing it in Gravois Park, an area where Alderwoman Cara Spencer noticed an increase in gunfire.

“We care about this community,” she said. “We are responding to complaints of crime and we’re taking healthy and appropriate steps to address that.”

The solar-powered unit features several cameras, a noise detector and silence place reader.

The department purchased the device that costs more than $100,000 through a grant.

“We want to be able to put cameras on the streets,” said Capt. Angela Coonce, “but we didn’t have traffic signals and this is a really good solution to that.”

She says they plan to test this device before considering purchasing any more.

The device will be used during the SEC Tournament at Scottrade Center this weekend in an area that doesn’t have access to traffic cameras.

Capt. Coonce says they plan to place the unit in neighborhoods with high crime as well as at large events like the one this weekend.

“It acts as a deterrent there too to keep criminals out of the neighborhood,” she said.

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