Valdosta Police To Use Street Cameras To Fight Crime

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Smile - you're on camera.
Street cameras monitor traffic 24 hours a day in more than 40 Valdosta intersections.
They're used by the city for traffic management but now Valdosta police will use them to help catch criminals.
Lt. Aaron Kirk with the Valdosta Police Department tells Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg that this will help them see criminals on the road.

"You know we can track the vehicle and get evidence from that vehicle on the direction of travel. We'll find out which way it's going. Or possible other evidence that may come from these videos," says Lt. Kirk.

The City Council unanimously voted in favor of allowing the live feeds to be recorded by Valdosta police Thursday.
The cameras are set up throughout Valdosta intersections.
Every car that passes through one of them is caught on camera.
And access to those feeds is at your finger tips.
On your computer you can see every turn - every accident and every crime if they happen while you're watching.

But police are only interested in using recordings for major crimes like murder and bank robberies
We're not talking traffic tickets here.

Remember the Dougherty siblings?
Valdosta police say the cameras would have gotten a real good look at the getaway car.
But they weren't recorded.

"Ah, definitely, I think it'll help them catch more criminals," says one high school student to Gullberg.

But another says, "Probably, I don't want people looking at me when I don't know they're looking at me."

Valdosta police say recordings will be deleted after 14 days unless they have reason to keep them.
They plan to start January 1st.

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