Sherwood Forest community will soon see cameras to help deter crime

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An uptick in crime within the Sherwood Forest neighborhood has led to a camera system being put in place.

“Create a defensive perimeter around the neighborhood.”

Gary Patureau with the Sherwood Forest Crime District said, “the two component system will help prevent crimes and catch criminals in the area.

“There is a camera which will get a visual picture of cars, vehicles, individuals walking people riding bikes and then there’s also a license plate reader that will record the license plates of all the vehicles that enter and leave the neighborhood” said Patureau.

In the last year, the Sherwood Forest community has seen car burglaries, murders and most recently, five men attempted to steal an ATM while driving a stolen vehicle.

“We’ll be able to see the people who do things like lift car door handles in the neighborhood. These people are habitual, and they’ll come in, they’ll over and over again and we’ll be able to catch those people.”

EBR Metro Councilman Matt Watson said, although they won’t be able to catch every criminal. Getting some off the streets is a start.

“Sometimes you just cannot reduce some crime with just a camera because some people just want to go and do something bad. But if you can catch those people and bring them to justice they can’t keep going after innocent people” said Watson.

Now with the green light to move forward with the project. Patureau said, they’re hoping people in the Sherwood Forest community can once again feel safe.

“We’re going to see an immediate reduction in the type of crimes. We’re already beginning to see that because people are hearing from news reports that these cameras are going up. Criminals whether they are young or old are wondering am I going to be caught on camera.”

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