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Surveillance cameras help to fight heroin plague

CAMBELL COUNTY, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- Since the Boston bombing, some cities are expanding the use of surveillance cameras.

It's hard to forget the image of the brothers as they casually left backpacks behind to explode.  It was the video from surveillance cameras that gave police instant intelligence that helped find them.  Three northern Kentucky cities have asked the state's Homeland Security Department for more cameras mounted on poles along Route-8 through Bellevue, Dayton and Southgate Kentucky.

It's about catching crimes in progress, and it's about getting descriptions and license plate numbers of people doing bad things.  Lately that bad thing has been shooting up, overdosing and selling heroin.  Drug users and dealers often buy heroin in Cincinnati and escape across 471 into northern Kentucky thinking no one is watching  or waiting for them.  That's changed.  Dayton Police have three cameras up now aimed at troubled areas in the city.

The request for more is expected to be approved by Homeland Security.  Chief Scott O'Brien says the few cameras on Route-8  make a difference. 

"What we've noticed is not as many people hang out like they once did.  Word gets out quickly.  After one person is arrested word spreads.  It's only going to take a couple of cases where video surveillance is used in court for word to spread to stay away from the three cities," O'Brien said.
 
The wireless images are sent to the server at the Police Department.  Officers can view the video there, in their cruisers, and on their iPads or iPhones. 



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