Newport Police: Help us catch criminals with security cameras
Around 11:30 p.m., someone shot through the driver's side window of a taxi parked near 911 Saratoga St., according to police.(Photo: Fox19)
A man accused of fatally shooting a Newport taxi driver was caught after being caught on security camera footage, now the Newport Police Department is asking residents and businesses to assist with future criminal investigations.
The police department is asking people to notify the police if they have security cameras covering their property or nearby streets and sidewalks as an initiative to create a database of where citizen-owned cameras are installed.
"The police department does not want unfettered access to these cameras, but merely a list of their locations." Newport Police Chief Tom Collins said. "In the event of a crime near one of these cameras, we will reach out to the owner and request any assistance he or she can provide to the investigation."
Video footage from a resident's security camera recently helped police identify Justin Russell, a man connected to the fatal shooting of a taxi driver near Washington Street, Collins said.
Collins said that the collaboration will allow police to "better live up to our commitment to safety for this city and its residents" and will work as a deterrent against crimes.
If you are interested in notifying the Newport Police of any cameras you have on your property, contact Detective Dennis McCarthy at [email protected] or phone 859-655-2018.Read or Share this story: http://cin.ci/2lXfWUS
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