The Chambersburg Police Department is aiming to partner with surveillance camera owners to fight crime in the area.
Chambersburg resident Mattie Reed understands the hard work that law enforcement puts in on patrol to keep communities safe.
“There’s a lot of things that are happening that they can’t be everywhere at one time,” said Reed, Owner of Mattie’s Hair Salon.
She says her hair salon was robbed twice. The most recent incident happened in the back parking lot where she was able to help police capture the suspect by providing them with surveillance video.
“There was a minivan that was stolen. They left it in the back parking lot. The tires were flat and you can tell they were trying to get in and get out of the parking space,” she said.
In an effort to capture crime in the area, Chambersburg Police are asking residents and business owners who are willing to register their surveillance cameras with the department.
Detective Sergeant Jon Greenawalt with the Chambersburg Police Department says the program started after a surveillance video helped in a homicide investigation back in 2017.
“Through that private camera footage, we were able to identify a suspect who was responsible for that homicide and the evidence was instrumental in his arrest,” he said. “All the registry does, is it lets us know that a camera might be available at a specific location that we might seek to gain evidence with.”
Detective Sergeant Greenawalt says they can’t talk much about the case as it is still an ongoing investigation, but hopes the project will help take more suspects off the streets. He says, “they’re going to be need to tell us at least an address and a phone number where we can reach them.”
As for Reed, she says she’s all for the project.
“If we’re able to catch whoever is doing the bad crime, it helps and it works,” she said.
You can register your camera on the Chambersburg Police Department’s Crime Watch page here.