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

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

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

That is according to Clay Young, the president of the regional Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Foundation, which is driving the coordinated effort. The Page/Rice Camera Initiative, which was first introduced in 2021 and was given a new name last year, aims to install cameras all over Baton Rouge to both prevent crime and aid in the investigation of unsolved crimes.

The program has three components. Businesses can sponsor a camera to be installed elsewhere in the city or purchase cameras through the program to be installed on their own property. Residents in high-crime areas can also 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 install security cameras at local hotels received a $150,000 donation from Visit Baton Rouge last week, according to an announcement made by the foundation last week. According to Young, first-come, first-served policy governs the distribution of the cash for cameras.

After contacting Visit Baton Rouge to express interest, law enforcement officers will assess the properties to determine how the cameras should be installed. According to him, Visit Baton Rouge will reimburse participating hotels for the cameras up to $5,500.

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

Additionally, the foundation is currently processing a $75,000 donation from ExxonMobil. With its contribution, Exxon will be able to install four cameras at a nearby refinery and six more cameras all over the 70805 ZIP code. The placement of the six donated cameras will be decided by local law enforcement officials.

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

“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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