Lake Vista community to upgrade neighborhood crime cameras
Police officials and board members of Lake Vista’s Crime Prevention District updated the community on camera and patrolling improvements for the area and the Third District.
The Lake Vista Crime Prevention District held its meeting on July 17 on the second floor of the Lake Vista Community Center. Commissioner Keith Zilibich gave his fellow Lake Vista board members a report on neighborhood cameras, and Third District Commander Jeff Walls and Orleans Levee District Captain Craig Boudreaux both made guest appearances at the meeting.
Zibilich explained that some cameras in the area have been relocated and some have had their angles adjusted, like license plate cameras in particular.
“There’s no way to enter Lake Vista without being caught on camera,”Zilibich said.
A new remote access system for the cameras has also been installed, which Zilibich said he would train NOPD on using.
Boudreaux announced that he will be having five to six more Orleans Levee District (OLD) officers hired in the next three months. Levee District officers will also be patrolling more frequently in neighborhoods, according to Boudreaux
“We’ll be back to having cars up and down Lakeshore Drive,” Boudreaux said.
The Third District Commander gave a brief and positive report on crime in Lake Vista, saying that the area is generally doing well, since the NOPD made arrests in April. Walls discussed security systems with the community, explaining why some consumers may be charged for false alarms to the NOPD.
The commander also advised that new cameras be placed at eye level, in such a way to reveal possible perpetrators’ faces. He clarified with Zilibich and the board that Homeland Security would work with the Lake Vista’s new cameras.
Zilibich said the cameras should be fully online and operating by the end of this week or early next week. There had reportedly been some connectivity issues through the internet provider.
Carol Asher, Lake Vista Crime Prevention District president, applauded the Levee police’s development in presence, and she encouraged communication and familiarity between residents and the NOPD or OLD. Asher suggested officers and homeowners stop each other sometimes in the community just to greet one another and learn names and faces.