ERIE, Pa – In light of the recent Leclair murder investigation, and in addition to several other crimes around the city, the importance of surveillance cameras is evident.
If you’re not actively looking, you may not even realize how many surveillance cameras there are around you. Those cameras have proven to provide critical information in numerous investigations.
They’re inside businesses, hanging from street lights, sometimes inside homes; and now, attached to the outside of nearly every public building. It may feel like big brother is watching at all times, and it’s best to assume he is.
It was surveillance pictures that lead to the arrest of Christopher Leclair for the suspected murder of his wife, just a few days ago. It was also surveillance footage that brought clarity to the incident of a garbage truck plowing into a barber shop earlier this week.
“They capture activities and certain types of behavior that’s just not wanted in downtown Erie,” said John Buchna, CEO of the Erie Downtown Partnership.
Surveillance cameras, though a controversial topic, have proven their importance to law enforcement.
“We’ve really tried to capitalize on surveillance to get a clearer picture of what actually happened at the time of a crime,” said the City of Erie Police Chief, Don Dacus.