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High Tech Surveillance Cameras catch criminals

Posted in Crime Prevention November 23rd, 2009 @ 11:34 am

Pictures on surveillance camera videos today have advanced so much, criminals are now being caught easier and faster than before. According to an article in the Star Tribune, these advancements in video surveillance technology has helped in crime fighting in Minesota.

Videos have assisted police in the speed of catching suspects accused of robbery, theft, assault and other crimes. The new high resolution images caught on video has contributed to successful prosecutions and has lead to personal stories about speedy identifications of suspects.

For example, because of the quality of the still frames from the videos, police received dozens of calls after photos of Dawn Marie Rassett, the woman charged in Washington County with stealing credit cards from teachers’ purses, were published. Additional charges came last week in Ramsey County after police found more video allegedly showing Rassett, also known as Dawn Marie Scott, using stolen credit cards at businesses in Roseville, White Bear Lake, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights and North St. Paul.

The digital technology of surveillance cameras now allows crisp quality and timely clues that videotapes never did. Images are clear – almost portrait like – and makes it clear who committed the crime. Many of these cameras are computer driven digital cameras that now record images for months. If a store is robbed. a few clicks on a computer takes them to the precise time of the holdup and shows clear pictures of the would be robber. Nearly 80 percent of all Minneapolis metro business owners now have these type of camera installed.

The next time you go into a store, remember to smile – you’re on Candid Camera!

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