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WPD launches Street Watch Program

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WARREN, Ohio -

Warren Police are asking members of the community to help with crime fighting in the city by using resources they may already own.

Warren residents and businesses are invited to voluntarily sign up for the Street Watch Program, which compiles a confidential list of places where cameras are located throughout the city.

The technology is already set up in many places, where homes and businesses have security cameras installed. 

Providing approval for access to any camera footage a business or homeowner may have on hand could end up helping police solve crimes.

"A lot of times we're canvassing the neighborhood, going door to door," said Rob Massucci, Warren Police Captain.

Having a list of locations handy could help police when the timing is critical.

"Once it's all plotted on a map, when we have an incident occur, we'll be able to go right to that map and say, 'Well okay, we've got like five or six cameras in that area'," Massucci said.

Video has helped solve crimes in the past and just recently when vandals targeted the downtown amphitheater. 

Some businesses are already on board.

"Safety is paramount," said Ken Haidaris, owner of Sunrise Pizza and Sunrise Entertainment.

"When people when to come down to eat or do anything downtown, go to River Rock at the Amp, they want to feel safe. We've been sharing our video for years because there's been a lot of accidents at this corner, but it's a no-brainer."

Haidaris encourages other businesses in the city to sign up for the Street Watch Program.

Bazetta Township police started a similar program earlier this year. 

People are urged to sign up through a form on the city's website.

Massucci is also working with the city on installing security cameras throughout the downtown area paid for in part through a grant. He says those cameras should be in place by the end of the summer.

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