ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-St. Louis city police plan to take a major leap into the video surveillance world as early as next month. It's a Big Brother approach that could make life safer for everyone and catch criminals faster.
On Monday night, many cars were broken into while fans attended women's Saint Louis University basketball game at the Chaifetz Arena. Soon criminals like those may be caught on camera.
“They're coward, they're low lifes.”
Darlisa Diltz is upset because someone broke her passenger window while she and her kids were at the basketball game. Broken glass is evidence of the different cars that were damaged.
She says, “Pretty disheartening especially coming from a fun event. The kids had a ball. My daughter came out she noticed the car and it actually brought her to tears.”
Last month, Cindy Wunderlich's car was one of close to twenty cars targeted.
“You're just shocked and when you look up and down the street and see. You say did this really happen?”
These crimes have people thinking twice about attending events in the city. Police are working hard a digital way to cut down on crime.
Major Michael Caruso with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police says, “It’s going to be a huge asset to us when we try to prevent or even solve crimes. This will have video surveillance evidence to find the crooks.”
It's called a real time intelligence center where all cameras around St. Louis can be viewed in one location. Police tried out a portable one at Fair St. Louis this past summer. Crews can watch thousands of people live on dozens of cameras. A similar system is being installed at police headquarters that will connect hundreds of cameras to be monitored by officers.
Major Caruso said, "What it will do is tie all the surveillance systems that are in existence now through the city, a bunch of private business and even some private citizens who have surveillance systems at their residences or their neighborhoods and stuff. We will be able to monitor these through the police department."
They hope to stop a crime as it happen, and if not, quickly catch the criminal who was seen live the police.