Baton Rouge Security Camera Initiative Gains Buy-in from Business Community

Baton Rouge Security Camera Initiative Gains Buy-in from Business Community

The Page/Rice Camera Initiative, supported by the business community, has raised roughly $400,000 to buy and install security cameras throughout Baton Rouge.

According to Clay Young, who is in charge of the local Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Foundation, which is driving the coordinated effort, this is the case. The Page/Rice Camera Initiative, which was first introduced in 2021 and changed its name last year, aims to install cameras throughout Baton Rouge in an effort to both prevent crime and assist in the investigation of cases where witnesses are not available.

The program has three facets. Businesses can either sponsor a camera to be installed elsewhere in the city or purchase cameras through the program to be installed on their own property. Additionally, residents who reside in high-crime areas are eligible to apply to have cameras installed on their property. Young anticipates making an announcement about a program expansion this fall. The foundation acts as a conduit to connect businesses with the technology.

The initiative to put security cameras in local hotels received a $150,000 donation last week, according to the foundation’s announcement from Visit Baton Rouge. According to Young, the cash for cameras is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Officers from the police department will assess potential hotels and decide how the cameras should be installed after they have contacted Visit Baton Rouge to express interest. According to him, Visit Baton Rouge will reimburse participating hotels up to $5,500 for the cameras.

“The money has to be spent by the end of December,” Young says.

The foundation is also currently processing a $75,000 donation from ExxonMobil. Four cameras will be installed at Exxon’s nearby refinery, and six more will be spread out throughout the 70805 ZIP code thanks to the company’s contribution. The six donated cameras’ precise locations will be decided by local law enforcement officials.

La Capitol Federal Credit Union and McDonald’s are two additional program contributors.

“These cameras are becoming our best witnesses,” Young says. “Anything we can do to discourage crime will give our companies a good return on their investment.”

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Source: businessreport

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