The Lafayette Police Department is installing 52 brand new cameras around the city.
The city council allocated $700,000 for the cameras last year in an effort to keep the city safer.
Cpl. Paul Mouton says they will be placed in statistically high crime areas.
“We are doing this in hopes of being able to collect data so that police will be able to work with that information to lower crimes in those particular areas.” Cpl. Mouton said.
Some residents are one board with the idea.
“It’s probably a good idea because there is too much crime.” said Charles Decuir.
Another resident we talked to had some concerns…
“It’s a catch-22. I think it would prevent and help stop some of the crimes but on the other hand what about your privacy.” Vanessa Landry explained.
However, Mouton argues that the cameras will not be an invasion of privacy.
He adds that they will be no different from cameras already used at traffic lights and businesses.
The cameras will only be placed in public places.
“We need to the cameras to be there to capture who’s coming and going from that area so we could get descriptions, license plates and intelligence gathering as far as who’s frequenting those areas where drugs are being used.” Mouton said.
So now the streets of Lafayette will be a little safer, the new cameras will not only help solve crimes but hopefully prevent them from happening…
The extra cameras should be up and running by the beginning of 2016.