As New Orleans crime continues to cause concern in many areas, police are urging residents to lend a hand with their footage.
SafeCam NOLA, a New Orleans Police Department initiative, aims to register privately owned security cameras in order to more effectively respond to criminal activity. The initiative was developed by the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation at the NOPD's request.
According to the SafeCam NOLA website:
"NOPD will only contact you if they believe your camera could contain evidence relevant to a criminal investigation. Evidence provided by your camera could mean the difference between bringing a perpetrator to justice versus leaving a crime unsolved."
Registering a camera does not give NOPD access to footage directly, according to the website.
Crime in the New Orleans area was particularly prevalent this past Memorial Day weekend, with 26 carjackings and armed robberies being reported Friday through Monday, compared to a total of 33 combined over the same weekends the past five years
Armed robberies & carjackings over Memorial Day weekend (Fri-Mon) in New Orleans:— Jeff Asher (@Crimealytics) May 31, 2016
2011 - 12
2012 - 5
2013 - 8
2014 - 5
2015 - 5
2016 - 26
Ed Pluta, a resident of Burgundy Street in Marigny, recently had a new, private camera installed to keep his home safe, according to a WWL-TV report, but said he does not want to be part of the registry, because he doens't know how they'll use it. He did say, however, that he would give police access to footage if asked.
NOPD commander Jeff Wallls has reported that in the last month, cameras have helped to identify robbery suspects in the Marigny.
"It just helps us so much more with being able to quickly obtain descriptions, put out perpetrator information, it's just another tool for us," Walls said to WWL-TV. "It's an eye on the street, 24 hours a day."
The voluntary, SafeCam NOLA database currently has more than 3,400 cameras registered at about 1,000 properties across the city, according to NOPD.
WWL-TV contributed to this report, click here for their full story.