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TPD puts up 4 gunshot detection cameras

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Toledo police have installed four new sky cop gunshot detection cameras around the city. Officers say they hope the new crime tool will help them solve shootings.

Plus tonight we're showing never seen before video of how the Skycpp cameras are helping detectives solve crimes.

The clerk at Walnut Carryout says gunshots were a regular sound in the neighborhood until TPD put up the sky cop cameras. There's a camera right outside the store.

"We got the camera in front it's much better now," said carryout clerk Sam Mohamed Dalki. 

There are 74 cameras across the city. The department just put up four gunshot detection cameras.  Police say they've seen a rise in shooting incidents. The high-tech devices will alert officers once shots are fired.

"When a shot is fired within range of the camera and the microphone is on the camera it will pan tilt zoom the camera to the location of the gunshot and hopefully record the shooter," said Toledo Police Captain Michael Troendle.  

The questions tonight are the cameras helping to reduce crime.

"We haven't caught any murders on tape really what we are seeing is a reduction of the crimes," said Captain Troendle.  

The captain says they've seen crime in hot spots like Page and Mulberry and Huron and LaGrange areas dry up.

This is never seen before video from TPD'S real time crime center of crimes caught on tape. In December police tracked down a serial bank robber.

"It gave us enough evidence from video to say here's a lead in your investigation and it also allowed him to catch him the next time," said the Captain Troendle.

Officers arrested a robbery suspect who stole a man's car. It happened at Dorr and Collingwood. The suspect is waiting by the white car. The victim comes out of the store and that's when the suspect pulls a gun.

"The guys gives him his keys his buddy comes around and jumps into the passenger side and he flees," said Troendle.

Some Toledoan's don't like the extra eyes in the sky while others say the camera's appear to be effective in keeping peace in some neighborhoods.

"With the camera's people just do their business and leave and nobody stop at the corner at all and its a lot more safer for everyone," said Beer Docks carryout clerk Zuhair Al-Sharari.

TPD is also in the process of adding 75 more cameras in other areas of the city. Captain Troendle says some camera's will be installed as far out as Heatherdowns, off Douglas, the east side and some toward Point Place. 

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