Update: Downtown Cameras prove effective in capturing incidents
It has been just about one month since Eugene Police installed downtown safety cameras and the cams have already proven to be beneficial. The four cameras located at 8th/Olive, Broadway/Olive, Broadway/Willamette, and 8th/Oak have captured 12 different incidents in the past three weeks. EPD was able to successfully pull video evidence for these incidents, which include harassments, theft, disorderly conduct, assaults, a strangulation APA (abuse prevention act), and criminal mischief.
EPD will soon be releasing some still images from a protest that occurred on April 29 showing a few individuals defacing public and private property in hopes the public will be able to assist in identifying those suspects.
Previous news from April 18, 2023:
New Downtown cams to help enhance security
Today, Eugene Police rolled out the three new cams in several areas around town and will soon place a fourth. The primary purpose for the security cameras is to help deter crime through a visible, well-marked presence. Eugene Police installed cameras today at W. 8th Avenue and Olive Street, Broadway and Olive Street, and Broadway and Willamette Street. EPD will soon add one at E. 8th Avenue and Oak Street. The cams will not only serve as a visual deterrent but assist officers and detectives in investigating crimes that occur in the downtown core.
The project was sent out for bid on December 6, 2022, and the winning bid was awarded to Overwatch Solutions in January 2023. Each unit cost $9,495 and was paid for through a Justice Assistance Grant.
Officers will be able to access the cameras using a desktop computer or mobile device. Should a crime occur, EPD will have the ability to obtain footage for use in identifying and apprehending suspects.
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