Neighborhood cameras could fight crime

February 1, 2008 5:27:37 PM PST
Homeowners in two west Houston neighborhoods are tired of being the targets of thieves. So the Tanglewilde and Westmont subdivisions are working together to catch people breaking into their homes. Fed up with crime, Roy Ormier and Martha Tripp believe going high-tech is the answer. They want surveillance cameras to watch over their neighborhoods.

"If we can find people that don't belong in the subdivisions when crime is happening, then we can give HPD a place to start," said Tripp who is a member of the Westmont Civic Club.

The system is similar to what neighboring businesses are using. Residents could see what's happening via the Internet. If the city of Houston green lights the project, cameras would be installed.

"We are under a traffic study right now, so whatever traffic calming devices they put in we can use them," said Roy Cormier of the Tanglewilde Homeowners Association.

Call it a sign of the times. With HPD's resources stretched to the limit, ordinary citizens going to extraordinary lengths to keep their homes and their family's safe

"You have to do your part," Cormier said. "That's what we're doing. We're doing our part."

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