NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Tens of thousands of tourists are expected in the city to celebrate the holiday weekend and the Bayou Classic. But the NOPD has a warning for criminals: You're being watched on camera.
"Everything that you can possibly do on Bourbon Street, in and around the French Quarter and on Canal Street this year can be captured on video because we have enhanced our security package," said NOPD Chief Michael Harrison.
All of that live video will be fed into the city's new real-time crime monitoring center. City leaders believe the cutting-edge technology will not only help them catch criminals but it could also prevent crime.
"If you can hear and you can see what's going on in real-time and then you can communicate and you have people forward then the chances of stopping crime from happening and then apprehending them has increased exponentially," said New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu.
Police can even request specific video of someone wearing a certain color at a certain time. That's a valuable tool for investigators trying to catch a criminal or help a victim.
"So you see red shirts, red shirts, you may see some red pants or a pink colored tops and those times are the times they actually walked through the frame," said New Orleans Homeland Security Director, Aaron Miller.
The cameras are monitored 24-7. It's an extra tool police are using to keep people safe this weekend. You will also see increased police patrols from the NOPD and State Police in the French Quarter Friday and Saturday nights.
"So for anybody that wants to cause trouble you will be seen, you will be caught and we want to make sure all of our citizens are safe, that's cameras in and around the area and license plate readers in and around the area and around the city for us to know who's coming and who's going," said Harrison.
Chief Harrison says law enforcement will also be blocking streets this weekend to keep traffic from entering the French Quarter after certain hours when the crowds are at their peak.