Surveillance cameras are valuable eyes for police

Published: Nov. 14, 2012 at 1:22 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2012 at 1:24 AM CST
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Image from surveillance video
Image from surveillance video

New Orleans, La. - They are the eyes when no one is watching.  Surveillance cameras are just about everywhere these days and they're becoming increasingly valuable in fighting crime.

Percy Marchand owns Nola Copy and Print on South Broad Street.  He has eight security cameras keeping an eye on his store at all times.  Saturday morning about 3:00, they caught a criminal in the act.

"They broke this window," explains Marchand.  "He was kind of lurking around and checking out everything."

Marchand says he's always made security a top priority in all three of his stores.  "What it does, it may not prevent that crime, but now we're hoping to solve the crime and bring this criminal to justice," he told us.

Police says surveillance video can be extremely helpful, even if the quality isn't the best.   Their latest video release shows the masked man who shot a man and robbed Little Darlings on Bourbon Street early Monday morning.

"It's very helpful.  It's better than nothing," said NOPD Detective Michael Flores.  "We have his build. We have his clothing. We have the things he was carrying."

Police encourage businesses to make sure their surveillance cameras are doing their job.  They can provide valuable information and, in cases like the burglary of Nola Copy and Print, cameras can provide the "money shot."

Just before the burglar left Nola Copy and Print, he looked into the camera.  "At that point," said Marchand, "he raises his hood and looks directly into the camera... It's almost like he wanted to say hi."

Click to view the video.  And, if you think you can help police identify the man in the video, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.