NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A group of local realtors announced Friday it is teaming up with the New Orleans Justice Foundation and the NOPD to put more security cameras up in the city.
The New Orleans Metropolitan Association of realtors is giving a $15,000 to the "Adopt-A-Block" program. The goal is to install security cameras at churches, businesses and homes in crime hotspots.
"Surveillance cameras are invaluable tools that help us solve crime more quickly," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "Through the Adopt-A-Block program, we are teaming up with neighborhoods that need our support and providing them with the resources they need to help us keep them safe. I want to thank NOMAR for recognizing the importance of this program and for partnering with us as we work to make every neighborhood a safe neighborhood."
The grant will fund 34 cameras, which will be registered with SafeCamNola. The citywide project helps officers contact camera owners quickly in the case of a crime.
"The proliferation of high-definition security cameras allows NOPD to identify, arrest and prosecute offenders who would have otherwise escaped justice," said NOPJF Program Director Nathaniel Weaver. "NOMAR's generous support brings this important crime-fighting technology to New Orleans' most vulnerable neighborhoods."
Since its launch in 2015, Adopt-A-block has installed 71 private security cameras at homes and businesses across the city. NOPJF will continue to work with the NOPD to determine neighborhoods in need.
Residents can request security cameras online at www.nopjf.org. Camera locations will be selected based on crime trends in each district.
Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring the program can find donation information online at http://www.nopjf.org/contribute.