Chillicothe Police Department’s community camera program sees success

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CHILLICOTHE, Ill. — Since the Chillicothe Police Department community camera program started last year, more than thirty home and business owners have registered.

“We’ve never been a victim of a crime here at Lingenfelter Insurance, but we know we’re on a prominent corner, and if we can help in any way, we’re gonna do it,” said business owner Rick Lingenfelter.

Through the program, anyone can register their security cameras. Since May, the department has offered a reimbursement as an incentive for people to register.

“It can be used in so many different ways. It can be used for crimes, it can be used … you’re tracking down the different locations of a missing person,” said Chief Scott Mettille.

Once registered, homes and businesses are put on a map that the department can reference if needed.

“We couldn’t help them before. And since they brought on this program, we thought there’s our perfect opportunity to jump in and help the police,” said Lingenfelter.

The program has helped Chillicothe police find suspects and solve crimes. Chief Mettille thinks Peoria can benefit too.

“It’s a deterrent, right? It’s a deterrent for the individuals that they’re out there knowing that there’s more cameras. And the more cameras we have out there, the better it is for the whole community,” said Mettille.

The Peoria Police Department announced a similar camera registry program last week.

On Tuesday, Peoria City Council members will vote on a plan with Ring Security. It would allow the city to purchase 1,000 cameras at a discounted rate that they would sell to the community.

The plan would cost the city $50,000.

Chief Mettille says while they’ve had success in Chillicothe, there have also been challenges. He expects Peoria could face similar challenges and decisions.

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