There’s a new way to help police in Niagara County solve crimes. Operation SafeCam is a campaign that pushes people to register their security cameras with law enforcement and prosecutors.
“We’re just trying to up our game in our fight against crime,” said Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek.
With the database, police are able to look at a map and know if there is a security camera near a spot where a crime has occurred. Video recorded by those cameras can help prosecutors at trial.
On Tuesday, Wojtaszek and her team walked up and down Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls recruiting business owners to register their cameras. She says at least 26 businesses in the city have already signed up.
Homeowners are also able to register their home security cameras.
Wojtaszek says security footage is often a big help to her office. She cited the case against Denzel Lewis, who was initially accused of a murder on 19th St. in Niagara Falls last October. He ended up pleading guilty to a manslaughter charge.
“It was open and shut because of security cameras at a local gas station,” Wojtaszek said. “A homeowner who lived across the street helped us with their cameras. That helped us solve the case. They pleaded guilty to a high level charge.”
You can register for Operation SafeCam here.