LPD installs cameras in high crime areas

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The Lafayette Police Department is cracking down on crime in the downtown area.

60 cameras are being installed all around the city.

The Lafayette Police Department hopes they help prevent crime.

“CPL BRIDGETTE DUGAS: “We do want the community to know that we are going to be out there, the camera’s are going to be monitored 24 hours a day,” said LPD Corporal Bridgette Dugas, “So they are going to be safe with those cameras out there in the different neighborhoods.”

Officers can monitor the cameras from the Lafayette Police Department.

The footage will be stored for future reference.

“Our officers are also going to be equiped with the cameras inside their police units eventually,” said Corporal Dugas, “We’re going to have that for the officers there to view purposes of investigations.”

Mary Anne Smith and Donna Bye work in the downtown area.

They recall altercations during daylight hours, and hope these new cameras will provide a safer environment.

“It’s a great idea,” said Smith, “Two weeks ago Donna and I were coming back from lunch and witnessed a fight in the middle of the day. It was actually scary. This car almost ran us down. And then there was a fight out in the street.”

“If this helps prevent it or at least catch them then that’s great,” said Bye, “We’re pleased with that.”

Around 30 cameras have already been installed and they plan to install the rest of them by the end of October.

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