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Springfield: Skywatch Helps Police Track Crime
There's a new set of eyes looking over Springfield, scoping for crime in troubled areas. The cameras are now active on Skywatch. Springfield Police Department's new mobile surveillance trailer rolled out for the first time Monday.
In four years, there's been close to 150 calls for service near Mr. Gyro's.
"People need to stop messing with our business," Owner Waleed Dobbie said. "It's not our fault or anything."
The owner hopes crime around his business will stop when a new set of eyes watches over in the sky.
"That's like a 24-hour police office to be sitting out around the place," Waleed said.
The Springfield Police Department rolled out with its mobile surveillance trailer, giving us a first look Monday. There are three cameras that sit about 30 feet high, that police can monitor in real time on their computers and smartphones.
This camera is on a 10-second loop switching between four different positions. It has the capability to zoom in on a subject as far as a mile away.
"Anywhere we are having trouble we can put this camera up and it will run 24 hours a day," Deputy Chief Cliff Buscher said.
Buscher showed us the video on his smartphone from the two fixed cameras.
"We can point this camera one direction and it will stay wherever we park it," Buscher said.
The other fixed camera looks down on the police trailer for security.
"As the situation changes throughout the community you have to be able to put it out where you need it," ILEAS Executive Director Jim Page said.
Red and white lights flash, letting people know cameras are rolling. It will be parked at big events like Saint Patrick's Day as well as Mr Gyro's, where the owner wants crime to be kicked out.
"It's a very good idea and it will be safe for everybody," Dobbie said.