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Lakeview residents want surveillance cameras monitored live

On Monday around midnight, a home surveillance camera captured three men walking up and down General Haig trying to open car doors.  (FOX 8 Photo) On Monday around midnight, a home surveillance camera captured three men walking up and down General Haig trying to open car doors. (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Lakeview gets hit again and surveillance cameras were rolling on not one but two different crimes on General Haig. A plan is now in place, and neighbors hope it will catch criminals in the act and before they get away. 

If you're in Lakeview, chances are good that someone's got video of it. But criminals clearly haven't gotten the memo yet. On Monday around midnight, a home surveillance camera captured three men walking up and down General Haig trying to open car doors.  

"I know from the police that seven were hit on this block." Gino Ascani said. 

Ascani's cameras captured the surveillance video. He also heads up the Lakeview Citizen Watch Facebook page, a group devoted to fighting crime in the neighborhood. But his cameras captured something else just days before the car break-ins. On Saturday at around 5:30 p.m., a man waits for a homeowner to leave, then, in broad daylight, he breaks into the locked house and steals two guns. We talked with that homeowner by phone today. We've chosen not to reveal his identity.

"To have this happen during the day on a weekend, I mean, that is really brazen," the victim said.  

That same homeowner was victimized twice in just two days. On Saturday it was his home, then Monday at midnight, his car.

"It's definitely very concerning," he said. "I have two young kids 11 and 5."

That homeowner and Ascani are clear on what they want done about the crime in Lakeview. They want more neighbors to install surveillance cameras. And they want those cameras to be monitored live so a criminal could be stopped in his tracks.

"For me, I am going to be taking measures so this cannot happen again, in various different ways, I'll be taking measures to make sure this can't happen again," the victim said. 

And that plan is now in the works. Neighbors in Lakeview pay an additional $125 in taxes each year for extra patrols in the area. Just last week, the Lakeview Crime Prevention District, the group that collects those taxes, approved using a portion of that money to pay for live monitoring of neighborhood surveillance cameras. They hope to have that up and running by the first of next year. 

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