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Argument: Crime cameras help restore a public sense of safety

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Leslie Williams. "Police arrest suspect in videotaped attempted armed robbery". The Times-Picayune. December 10th, 2008 - A widely circulated video -- featured for days on NOLA.com -- helped police nab a suspect who attempted to rob a man at gunpoint near the intersection of Philip and Tchoupitoulas streets.

After receiving a Crimestopper's tip, a Sixth District Task Force unit arrested Donald Myles, 23, in the 2800 block of Chippewa Street Tuesday night. He was booked with attempted armed robbery in the incident that occurred Nov. 24 about 8:45 p.m. in the 400 block of Philip Street.

In the video, the suspect pulls out a handgun on a man who surprisingly turns his back on the assailant and keeps walking.

"The victim, " according to police, ". . . advised the suspect that there were several surveillance cameras in the area."


"Surveillance Cameras Deter Crime Around High School Campus". WRAL. December 1, 1999 - There were no surveillance cameras at Cape Fear High School when two students allegedly caused more than $1 million in damage to the campus early Tuesday morning. That is about to change thanks to a pilot program at one Cumberland County high school.

[...] Douglas Byrd students say other schools should not consider the cameras a distraction.

"Well, they make us feel a lot safer at school about leaving our cars out in the parking lots," said student Lara Steelman.

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