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Police want database of surveillance systems

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- Cincinnati could fast be becoming a community under constant surveillance.
    
Often, people have no idea of it.  But that surveillance plays a key role for police if they just know where to find it.  One local community has decided to do something about that.
    
Nicole Poggemann's home was secure.  Her family knew who was in the house and who was near it.  The Delhi family recently invested in a nine camera home surveillance system.

Nicole said, "We actually got hit on Father's Day for about $7,000 and our insurance company only covered a certain portion of it."   

Nicole contacted the Delhi Township police department and said she would be willing to be added to a new database.  Chief Jim Howarth put together a list of businesses and homes that have surveillance systems.  He hoped to use the system as a crime fighting tool.

Chief Howarth said, "And my philosophy here is instead of putting out alerts later on when something happens, my investigators can go to this database and actually search by street name.  And if we had a burglary at a residence on Elm Street, they can go in there and see if there's anybody listed that has outdoor cameras on Elm Street."
   
The chief said in the past when he put out alerts and asked for the public's help with surveillance, neighbors and businesses stepped up to the plate.

"In those cases that we put that out, I actually did get response from some people in the area which proved to be beneficial," Howarth said.
   
When four men robbed victims at Mayhew and Pedretti a local business caught the image of one of the suspects shortly afterward.  When the Rapid Run Carryout was robbed someone on Beechmeadow tried to help with surveillance.

For Nicole her new system wasn't just about keeping her home safe.  It was also about keeping her neighborhood safe.  The chief said he was aware that some people might not want the department to know they have surveillance systems and that was fine.  It's all voluntary.  He said since he put out the alert Thursday and asked for help, several people have volunteered to be added.

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