Lakeview Crime Prevention District discusses camera, technology upgrades with 2018 budget
The Lakeview Crime Prevention District (LCPD) board meeting featured discussions on property crimes, allocating the district’s potential 2018 budget funds of $16,000, and security coverage upgrades such as body cameras and live camera monitoring.
The Lakeview Crime Prevention District board met Thursday, Aug. 24 in the St. Dominic Rectory, located at 775 Harrison Avenue. Lakeview’s NOPD commander, Sergeant Rene Benjamin, began with a crime statistics presentation. He stated that all four Lakeview persons crimes this year have been cleared by arrest. These crimes consisted of one armed robbery, one simple robbery, and two aggravated assaults.
Auto burglaries have made up the majority of Lakeview’s property’s crimes. The most auto burglaries that occurred this summer in Lakeview made up 25 out of 45 property crimes in June. Sgt. Benjamin said there had been a 13 percent increase in property crimes so far compared to last year in Lakeview.
“This has been going on for two decades,” Benjamin added. “Criminals go to affluent neighborhoods because citizens will not lock their cars.”
He advised residents to lock their vehicles and to make sure they don’t leave any spare car keys or firearms in their vehicles. Brian Anderson, Lakeview Crime Prevention District board president, said that over the summer, all LCPD patrol cars installed car cameras and that all LCPD officers will soon be receiving body cameras.
Anderson and his fellow board members then went over preliminary discussions for the crime prevention district’s 2018 budget. Accountant Larry Jacobi that they can possibly expect a surplus of $16,000 for next year.
Multiple residents encouraged that the money be used to buy more cameras, license plate scanners, and afford to have someone trusted—like LCPD officers—to work a live monitoring station. One resident suggested that live monitoring at least be set up from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Anderson said the board has made a commitment to have 50 cameras up and running in Lakeview by the end of 2017. The board has already ordered the cameras, but not all of them are currently online and functioning with their memory able to be backed up online.
“We don’t know if more patrols are necessarily going to bring that 1 percent [crime rate] down, but that’s why we’re looking into more technology,” Anderson said.
Both Homeland Security and the NOPD Third District have offered to partner with the Lakeview Crime Prevention District in order to help them install a live monitoring system for their 50 cameras.
The Lakeview Crime Prevention District will vote on their 2018 budget at their next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 in the St. Dominic Rectory. Anderson said a representative from the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparation will be a guest speaker.